Auxpecker
(by mixexperience)
New version for rhino 5 here

Auxpecker is an easy and free solution to get a pleasing realtime preview of objects directly on the viewport of Rhino
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New version for rhino 5 here

Auxpecker is an easy and free solution to get a pleasing realtime preview of objects directly on the viewport of Rhino3D v4.0. It is simply based on the use of environment maps; making viewport objects reflect in ways that reproduce / approximate the look of various materials. This technique is not meant as a preview for rendering in association with any render engine. It is a stand-alone method for communicating very pleasantly, in realtime, projects to your client.

Auxpecker 1.1 comes with a complete collection of pre-installed material maps and a plug-in for Rhino 4 allowing you an easier selection and us of the maps.

How to install Auxpecker plug-in?

  • Install the Auxpecker folder in the rhino 4.0 plugin directory. Run rhino and go to Tools/Options and Plug-ins. Click on the install button and load Auxpecker.rhp.
  • In Rhino, go to Tools/Toolbar Layout. Click on file and open Auxpecker.tb. Make the main toolbar active.

How to use Auxpecker plug-in?

  • Select your object or part.
  • Choose a material maps.
  • Apply the material by clicking the icon at the top left corner of the Auxpecker library windows.