External references

  • External references:
    Insert files of any compatible format into the Rhino model as external references so other users can visualize and develop parts of the same project. Linked and embedded files can be updated from the Block Manager after any change of the original file.
  • Worksessions:
    The Worksessions let more than one user work on a large project. By breaking the project down into many files, one user can edit a part of the project while another user edits a different file. Only one user can have a file open for editing, but many users can see it. (Note: VisualARQ objects and commands don't work properly with worksessions though. The VisualARQ development team is working to support them in future versions.)

DWG Import Export 200

DWG file import and export

Rhino can import and export AutoCAD drawing (.dwg) files. DWG is the native format for several CAD packages.

  • Import:
    Just open the .dwg file in Rhino. Lines, curves and annotations can be added to the current document. The 2D lines imported can be used to create VisualARQ objects, Rhino surfaces and polysurfaces using the extrusion commands.
  • Export:
    After creating a project with Rhino and VisualARQ and generating the documentation drawings such as the floor plans, sections, elevations, etc. you can export all the geometry to AutoCAD. Read more about how to do it here.
  • AcadSchemes:
    Create, save, export, and import AutoCAD export schemes.

IFC Import Export 200


VisualARQ includes a built-in IFC import and export plug-in, which makes it possible to exchange VisualARQ and Rhino models with other AEC software packages using IFC 2x3 files, as Revit, ArchiCAD, Tekla, Solibri, Navisworks.

Read more about IFC here.

Other file format compatibility

Besides .dwg and .ifc, Rhino can import and export files to other file types to exchange models with other software for different purposes.

You can see all file formats supported in the following link:

Zoo: floating licenses


The VisualARQ Zoo plug-in lets you share VisualARQ licenses (product keys) among users on the same network workgroup.

Read more about the VisualARQ Zoo plug-in here.