Wednesday, 11 November 2015

New Release: "ColorSwatch v4" Comes With New Features

Finally an update is ready for ColorSwatch! ColorSwatch helps you assign colors to the objects in Rhino scenes easily. Just select the objects, and click a color!

What is new in v4?
  • Added: Right clicking now selects all objects using that color
  • Added: Predefined toolbars to use with different toolbar layouts:
    • 4 sizes: S, M, L and XL toolbars with 12, 16, 24 and 42 colors
    • Vertical and horizontal toolbar layouts for L and XL toolbars
    • Standard (can be used in both directions) and compact layouts for S and M toolbars
  • Most colors now match with available colors in Rhino's color picker
  • Added: New colors!
  • Visually grouped colors according to wavelengths.
  • Minor changes such as RGB(192,128,64) is now RGB(191,127,63); as the range is 0-255 instead of 1-256.
  • Major changes to apply a systematical palette (see the guide at the bottom)
  • Toolbars support all button sizes: small (16px), medium (24px) and large (32px). (Note that this option can be changed in "Options>Toolbars>Size and Styles" and applied to all Rhino UI)
  • Added: Support Buttons:
    • Direct link to Ufuboceros with QR code included (Yes, it works! ;) )
    • "Ask a question" shortcut for direct e-mail
    • "Report a bug" shortcut for bugs and suggestions, also for wishes.

Known bugs:
  • "S Compact" toolbar has no tab icon. It disappears even after saving toolbar file.

How to install ColorSwatch?
  1. First, download the toolbar file below and extract it from the archive.
  2. Drag and drop the .rui file into Rhino window.
  3. You should see the toolbars now. 

How to use ColorSwatch?
  1. Using cascading toolbar button to open toolbar:
    • Hold shift and grab the button you want to use
    • Drag and drop it to your toolbar collection
  2. Keeping as a toolbar:
    • Grab the toolbar tab you want to use
    • Drag and drop it to your own toolbar group
  3. Using Keyboard shortcuts:
    • Open Options window, navigate to Keyboard item
    • Select a shortcurt (I prefer "CTRL+Shift+C" combination)
    • Copy and paste the macro for the toolbar you want to use:
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 XL Horizontal"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 XL Vertical"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 L Horizontal"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 L Vertical"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 M"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 M Compact"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 S"
      • -PopupToolbar "ColorSwatch v4 S Compact"
    • Click "OK".

Color Guide:
This guide shows all colors used in the buttons with three stripes symbolizing R,G and B values:
Dark Orange: 127,063,000
Orange: 255,127,000
Light Orange: 255,191,127

You can see the RGB values of the colors when you hover on a button.

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