Bubble for Rhino

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Free information assistant for Rhino

Bubble for Rhino is a free tool from Asuni that displays a tooltip with information of any object in the document.

You don’t need to execute a command or click on a button toolbar, just place the mouse cursor over any object, wait a second, and Bubble will show you all the information related to it. You can even choose which information will be shown for every object type.

Bubble for Rhino is available for the Windows versions of Rhinoceros 4.0 and Rhinoceros 5.0 (32-bit and 64-bit).

Work in progress…

Bubble for Rhino is currently in development. We still have to add many features, but we want you to try and enjoy it while we implement them.

Do you have any idea or suggestion? Contact us and let us know.

Top Features

Free

Bubble is free (at no cost) for personal and commercial use. There is no advertising or adware software included with the installer.

We only ask you to update it every time a new version is released.

Fast and lightweight

You won’t even notice Bubble for Rhino is loaded. It consumes a very small amount of memory and all calculations are done after the cursor is hovered over an object and before the tooltip is shown.

Fully customizable

Too many properties? Too slow or fast? Don’t worry, you can modify almost every aspect of the tool tip.

Is there something you don’t like and you want to change?

Contact us, let us know and we’ll try to make it customizable in the following version!

Intuitive

Nowadays, almost every element in the screen of modern operating systems and software has a tooltip. Bubble for Rhino adds this feature to any object in a viewport or a layer in the layer list.

Instant information

Get instant information for any object in the document by placing the cursor over it and waiting a moment. You don’t need to run a command or click on a toolbar anymore to know something about an object.

Bad object detection

Are you tired of failed operations and you don’t know why? Bubble will detect bad objects and show you what’s wrong with them.

Download

Bubble 3.0 WIP22 for Rhino (31 July 2017)

Here you can download the installer for the latest version of Bubble for Rhino. Please check the requirements for your platform.

WARNING: Bubble for Rhino is in WIP (Work In Progress) stage, which means it is still in development and it may fail. Public downloads have been tested internally in our office, but it may contain unknown bugs. Use it at your own risk.

Requirements

Installer for Rhino 4.0

  • Rhinoceros 4.0 SR7 (2009-12-01 or newer)
  • Windows XP / Vista / Vista x64 / 7 / 7 x64 / 8 / 8 x64 / 8.1 / 8.1 x64 / 10 / 10 x64
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Installer for Rhino 5.0 (32-bit)

  • Rhinoceros 5.0 32-bit (2012-09-27 or newer)
  • Windows XP / Vista / Vista x64 / 7 / 7 x64 / 8 / 8 x64 / 8.1 / 8.1 x64 / 10 / 10 x64
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Installer for Rhino 5.0 (64-bit)

  • Rhinoceros 5.0 64-bit (2012-09-27 or newer)
  • Windows Vista x64 / 7 x64 / 8 x64 / 8.1 x64 / 10 x64
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

What’s new?

What's New?

3.0 WIP22 (31 July 2017)

  • Added support for referenced objects (worksessions or linked blocks).
  • Layer field includes full layer hierarchy.
  • New expire date is 31 January 2018

3.0 WIP21 (31 January 2017)

  • New expire date is 31 July 2017

3.0 WIP20 (5 August 2016)

  • Added mesh object
  • Added area property for closed and planar curves
  • Area and volume properties show units suffix
  • New expire date is 31 January 2017

3.0 WIP19 (14 July 2016)

  • New expire date is 31 December 2016

3.0 WIP18 (4 January 2016)

  • Added support for user text fields.
  • Attributes have been grouped in a category.
  • Fixed: objects were shown as invalid inside BlockEdit command.
  • New expire date is 30 June 2016

3.0 WIP17 (6 July 2015)

  • New expire date is 31 December 2015

3.0 WIP16 (7 January 2015)

  • New expire date is 30 June 2015

3.0 WIP15 (24 August 2014)

  • New expire date is 31 December 2014

3.0 WIP14 (31 March 2014)

  • New expire date is 31 July 2014

3.0 WIP13 (31 October 2013)

  • New expire date is 31 March 2014

3.0 WIP12 (30 May 2013)

  • Added support for scaled screens.
  • Shadow was not displayed on Rhino 5.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now required.
  • New expire date is 31 Octobre 2013

3.0 WIP11 (30 April 2013)

  • The mouse cursor shows a help question mark when the required modifier keys are pressed.
  • New expire date is 30 September 2013

3.0 WIP10 (4 December 2012)

  • Rhinoceros 5.0 (2012-09-27 or newer) is now required.
  • New expire date is 30 April 2013

3.0 WIP9 (30 July 2012)

  • Rhinoceros 5.0 (2012-05-14 or newer) is now required.
  • New expire date is 31 November 2012

3.0 WIP8 (29 March 2012)

  • Rhinoceros 5.0 (2012-01-17 or newer) is now required.
  • New expire date is 31 July 2012

3.0 WIP7 (30 November 2011)

  • New expire date is 31 March 2012

3.0 WIP6 (29 July 2011)

  • New expire date is 30 November 2011

3.0 WIP5 (31 March 2011)

  • New expire date is 31 July 2011
  • Added extrusion object.
  • Added Edge Count property in polysurface object.
  • Added an option to select which modifier key combination activates Bubble.
  • Added an option to disable Bubble when a command is running, there is an object selected or the user is panning, zooming or rotating the viewport.
  • Fixed shading of highlighted objects in Rhino 5.0.
  • Fixed picked object highlight on Technical and RenderedShadows display modes in Rhino 5.0.
  • Added support for new Rhino 5.0 (64-bit) VS2010 Transition Build.

3.0 WIP4 (30 November 2010)

  • New expire date is 31th March 2011.

3.0 WIP3 (26 August 2010)

  • Added support for .NET Framework 4.0.
  • New expire date is 30th November 2010.

3.0 WIP2 (29 July 2010)

  • Added support for new Rhino 5.0 tabbed layer manager.
  • Check if .NET Framework 4.0 is used in Rhino 5.0 version, because this version of Bubble is not yet compatible with it. To load Bubble, it is necessary to disable .NET Framework 4.0 running the command TestDotNetRuntime.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
  • New expire date is 31th October 2010.

3.0 WIP1 (10 May 2010)

  • Initial release.

Support

Contact

For technical support and assistance, or to send us suggestions, bug reports, feature-request or any other feedback, you can contact us by sending an email to bubble@asuni.com

Frequently Asked Questions

General

How much does it cost?

Nothing. Bubble for Rhino is free (at no cost) for personal and commercial use.

Why 3.0 is the first version and what happened to 1.0 and 2.0?

Bubble has been a widely used tool for AutoCAD platform since year 2000. Starting at version 3.0, Bubble will work on Rhino too.

Is Bubble for AutoCAD dead?

No, it isn’t. Bubble for AutoCAD will be updated to version 3.0 soon.

Can I share the Bubble for Rhino installer with my friends?

Yes, you can, and we’ll be very grateful. We want as many people as possible to use Bubble.

Application

Does Bubble modify the document?

No, is doesn’t. Bubble is a read-only plug-in, and it will not modify any document you may open.

Will Bubble show information for any object in the document?

No, it won’t. The current version only supports the most common and native object in Rhino. Objects from other plug-ins and visual glyphs (like grids, axis icon, etc.) are not supported.

Can I change which properties are shown in the tooltip?

Yes, you can. All customizable options are inside the Rhino options dialog.

Is it possible to change the order of the shown properties?

No, currently it is not possible, but it’ll be in a future version.

Development

I’m a Rhino plug-in developer. Can I extend Bubble for Rhino to show properties for my plug-in objects as in the AutoCAD version?

No, you can’t do it right now. We want to create an SDK for Bubble for Rhino to allow plug-ins to extend it adding new properties for document objects or adding support for more kinds of UI elements (toolbars, dialogs, etc.). We need to reach a more stable and feature-complete version of Bubble to make this SDK public.

Support

May I promote Bubble in my page/blog?

Yes, of course! As a recommendation, you should use a link to the Bubble home page with the following image.

Sample HTML code:

<a href="http://bubble.asuni.com/" title="Get Bubble for Rhino">
<img src="http://www.asuni.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/get-bubble-for-rhino-180x30-11.png" 
alt="Get Bubble for Rhino"/></a>