Writing simple Commandscripts assigned to icons will give you a basic understanding of how scripting works because you will become familiar with command names, what they do, and how they interact with each other. This will give you practice writing commandscripts before you go on to tackle larger and more complex projects.
Creating commandscripts on icons lets you customize Rhinoceros with your modeling, editing and display preferences. So you can change your modeling tools and add options to them in Rhinoceros to get your job done quickly and efficiently.
Customizing command "options" that appear at the
Rhinoceros command prompt in the middle of modeling.
Quite a few commands that you use everyday in Rhinoceros have extra options to them that you have to input from the keyboard as you model. These are often one letter commands like c, y or n. For instance if you rotate an object, Rhinoceros also gives you the option to copy that object and rotate the copied object instead of the original. After you click the rotate icon you would do this by typing c at the keyboard. This can seem like it is easy enough. But if you need to rotate copies all the time and do it repeatedly this creates extra work. Usually you forget to type in the c option after many times of doing this and end up doing a regular rotate that you must cancel or undo. Since Rhinoceros has many commands with these extra options you can customize or make icons already with your pre-selected options to avoid fatigue and mistakes.
*Remember * You need to select the object you wish to rotate, scale etc. first then click the icon for these commandscripts to work.
Rotate copy Icons Tutorial
Scale Copy Icons