I can’t see VisualARQ object styles libraries. Why? How can I load them?

When you are working on a document that doesn’t contain any VisualARQ object library, it means that the document was created from a template which was not a VisualARQ template, and the default library of VisualARQ object styles wasn’t loaded.

There are two options to get the styles:

Open a VisualARQ template

Those are located in the same folder as the Rhino templates. Just create a new file by going to File > New… or by running the command _New. The templates folder should appear.

In case you cannot find them, browse to the folder manually: %APPDATA%\McNeel\Rhinoceros\6.0\Localization\

Then select the geographical area folder and you will find the templates in the Template Files folder.

The Rhino Open Template File dialog with the list of Rhino and VisualARQ template files.

Import a .val file

A .val file is a container for VisualARQ styles, it can contain not only one but several of them.

For example you can create a .val file with all the VisualARQ styles libraries and import them when needed. To do so follow the steps below:

  1. Open a new project from a VisualARQ template (File > New…).
  2. Export the object styles libraries: Go to VisualARQ menu > Styles > Export… or run _vaStylesExport. Choose “New file” option, name it (select a folder in your computer from the Browse button), pick units, and click “Next”. Select the objects you want to include in the exported styles file.
  3. Import the library file: Go to VisualARQ menu > Styles > Import… or run _vaStylesImport. Pick the (.val) file and select the object styles that you want to be added to your document.

Export VisualARQ styles dialogs, on the left one for specifying the file name and location and on the right one for specifiying the styles to export.
Note: The .val files that contain the object styles library that come with VisualARQ templates can be found at the following folder (in English):

  • Rhino 6: C:\Program Files\AsuniCAD\VisualARQ 2\RHINO6\English\Libraries
  • Rhino 5: C:\Program Files\AsuniCAD\VisualARQ 2\RHINO5x64\English\Libraries