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Course Software and Optional Purchases

Mouse
You will need a 3-button mouse to use Maya.

Cable
Please bring an HDMI to mini displayport or thunderbolt cable to connect your PC or Mac laptop to a classroom and home monitor, it will be easier to work. Look at your laptop to verify the connection.

4K Monitor for home
27 inch, 3840x2160, $200, you can connect your laptop if it will support the resolution. (My little 2014 1366x768 Macbook Air goes up to 2k 1920x1080 with a monitor attached. My 2016 3000x2000 Surface Laptop will change to 4k 3840x2160 by going into the Display settings.)


External Hard drive (Not so important for remote class)
You will keep all your assignments on an external hard drive. 500GB or more. This way you can easily use any computer in the lab or your laptop. I recommend the very small Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 1TB - USB 3.1 External SSD $140 or if that is too expensive Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0  $43, SSD is about 25% faster than HDD.

First backup any files and format the drive as exFAT; this way the drive will work on either PC or Mac, with large files over 4GB. You will need to format this on a Mac.



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Install all this free software on your Mac or PC for the course, this will take all day:

Maya 2020
Go to: https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/maya
Select CREATE ACCOUNT >
Make sure to use your student email
Then go to: https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/maya
     Select SIGN IN >
     License type: Personal or individual use
     Find Maya  near the top  (not light)
     Version: Maya 2020

     Choose your Operating system and language.
     click INSTALL NOW

Go to your Downloads folder, double click the installer
     Select all the add-ons, Arnold, Bifrost and Substance
     Select Single-User
     Select Already have a License
     Select Activate

Run the updater too, see below.


UPDATE Maya 2020  You may need to run this too. If you are on a Mac make sure you selected the correct installer.
Go to Autodesk.com Select SIGN IN
     Go HERE scroll down
     open Maya
     choose View Downloads button
     choose Updates & Add-ons

     Download the most recent update for your computer platform, save the file.
Go to your Downloads folder, double click the installer

The other way to find the updater section on the Autodesk site:
Go to Autodesk.com Select SIGN IN
Go into the User menu  under the icon update_maya  (It may be logged in)
     Select Product updates
          Download the most recent update for your computer platform, save the file.
Go to your Downloads folder, double click the installer


Problem Solving Maya 2020
If you accidentally installed the 30 day version, you can get your serial number from:
Go to Autodesk.com Select SIGN IN, select Autodesk Account or check your Autodesk registration email in your inbox
     Go HERE for the management page
     choose Maya, your serial number is next to the version of Maya

The Management page should look like this with your serial number and key.
If you do not see your serial number and key contact Autodesk:
     https://www.autodesk.com/education/support/edu-contact-us-form

maya_license

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SketchUp for Education
SketchUp for education   3D software good for importing models etc
Do not pay $55, we are not using this very much. It used to be free for students.


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Download Unity Hub
https://store.unity.com/download
Check terms of service and click on Download Unity Hub  Choose Save, go to your downloads folder
Run UnityHubSetup.exe
to install software
     Click Next, answer yes to firewall questions.
    
Accept license agreement and click Next
     Click Next
    
Select Download files to temporary location, Click Next
You will need to create an account.

Back up out of Preferences

Go to Installs
Click ADD
Select 2019.4.11f1 LTS  (2020 is very buggy for our needs.)
     Select Visual Studio
     Select WebGL Build Support

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OBS Studio
Screen Grab software for documenting VR projects
Choose your OS
https://obsproject.com/download 


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Video Players:

Quicktime 7 for mac and 7.7.9 for PC (Your mac came with a different version of quicktime, not as advanced.)

MPC-HC  only PC, video players that plays 4K and h.265 codecs.

You should have VLC as well.

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FTP Software
Do not use the cloud to move your files because you need to zip first. If you use this software you will not need to zip.

PC:  WinSCP https://winscp.net/eng/download.php

Mac: Filezilla  https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?platform=osx
Be careful to not install the optional software!

File protocol: SFTP
Host Name: file.design.ucla.edu
Port: 22
User ID: Your login
     /data/classes/Fall20/156-1/drop
     or  /home/users/yourlogin/myClasses/Fall20-156-1/drop


FYI The temp drive is located:
/mnt/tempdrive/personal_space
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