The Zoo lets you share, or float, the licenses of Rhino and Rhino-based products among users on the same network. When one of these products is installed as a Network Node, instead of as a Standalone Node, it will work like this:
- When a Network Node starts, it requests a license from the Zoo.
- An unused license is assigned to the Network Node.
- When a Network Node shuts down, the license is returned to the Zoo’s license pool.
Is the Zoo right for you?
The Zoo is right for you only if:
- You are using compatible products. *Note: If you have Rhino 4, you need Zoo 4.*
- You have more users than licenses.
- You want to manage many licenses in one place.
- You are not an individual with multiple computers. See the license agreement…
Zoo network architecture
- Chose one Windows computer on your network to host the Zoo utility. This is normally a computer that is on all the time.
- Install Rhino on all the computers that might run Rhino. During installation use the Network Node option
- Everytime Rhino starts, it will request a license from the Zoo. If a license is available, the Zoo will grant a license to Rhino.
- If there are no licenses available for Rhino, Rhino will display a message that no license are available.
For more details, see the Zoo overview video
The Zoo had a number of unique features:
Free - The Zoo is a free download.
No extra costs - Special versions of Rhino and Rhino-based products are not needed.
No special hardware is needed - The Zoo will run on any system on your network.
Simple setup - Install the Zoo on any system on your network, and then enter the license keys into the Zoo instead of the individual systems.
Routable - The Zoo works on both single-segments networks, or networks where systems are separated by routers.
Multiple server - You can have more than one Zoo server running at a time, with each serving different clients.
Mixed environment - A mixture of Network Nodes and Standalone Nodes on the same network is supported.
Check out - License keys can be checked out so laptop users can disconnect from the network. The key can be checked in again when the laptop is reconnected to the network.
Robust - Network nodes will keep working even if the network connection or server is down, but Network Nodes cannot start up without access to the Zoo.
Runs as a service - The Zoo is a Windows Service. If you reboot the system with the Zoo, you do not have to log onto the computer to start the Zoo.
Zoo 5 is a brand new version of the Zoo. Completely rewritten, Zoo 5 provides a number of new features not found in prior Zoo versions, including:
- Standard Internet Protocol Support - Clients communicate with Zoo 5 using TCP Port 80 (HTTP). This makes it much easier for system administrators to route Zoo requests on complex networks or even over the Internet.
- Firewall Friendly - Zoo 5 requires the client to periodically check with the server, but never initiates connections back to the client. Administrators no longer need to open additional firewall ports on client machines.
- Limited License Check Out - Prior Zoo version allows for license check out to support laptop users or for business travel. But there was no limit to the check out duration. Zoo 5 allows the administrator to specify the license check out duration.
- Remote License Monitoring - Zoo 5 allows users and administrators to monitor license usage from the convenience of their web browser.
- 3rd Party Plug-in Support - Prior Zoo version only maintained licenses for McNeel product (e.g. Rhino. Flamingo, Bongo, Brazil, and Penguin). Zoo 5 allows 3rd party plug-in developers to add support for their products to the Zoo.
- A Windows-based system that supports .NET Framework 4.5:
- Windows 7 SP1 or newer
- Supported operating systems
- (Windows XP not supported.)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
- A network connection configured for TCP/IP.
Note, the Zoo communicates using TCP Port 80. So, the Windows-based system you choose to install Zoo 5 on should not already have other software running that uses TCP Port 80, including:
- Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows® Services
- Apache HTTP Server
The following McNeel products are supported by Zoo 6:
|Rhino 5 for Windows||Yes||No||Yes|
|Rhino 5 for Mac||Yes||No||Yes|
|Flamingo nXt 3.0||Yes1||No||Yes1|
|Flamingo nXt 5.0||Yes||No||Yes|
- Requires Rhino 5 SR6 or greater, and Zoo 5 SR6 or greater.
Products supported by the legacy Zoo 4:
|Flamingo nXt 3.0||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Please contact us with any support questions:
- Help http://docs.mcneel.com/zoo/5/en/index.html
- Wiki http://wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/zoo5
- 24/7 Forum Support http://discourse.mcneel.com/category/zoo
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Development http://wiki.mcneel.com/developer/zoo