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Course Software and Optional Purchases

You will need a 3-button mouse to use Maya. This is not optional.

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.

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

Maya 2020
Go to:
Make sure to use your student email
     Your account will need to be verified.

Go to 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 files.
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 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:


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.

Download and install the Unity Hub
Create an acount
     Click on the white male icon
Create Unity ID
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
This will bring you to the Preferences->License page
     Click Manage License

          Select Unity Personal

               Select I don't use Unity in a professional capacity.
     Click the left arrow Preferences to get back to the main section

Install a Unity version
Go to Installs
Click ADD
Select 2019.4.17f1  (2020 is very buggy for our needs, do not use.)
     Select WebGL Build Support

OBS Studio
Screen Grab software for documenting VR projects
Choose your OS 


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.

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.


Mac: Filezilla
Be careful to not install the optional software!

File protocol: SFTP
Host Name:
Port: 22
User ID: Your login
     or  /home/users/yourlogin/myClasses/Winter21-156/drop

FYI The temp drive is located:
Stuffit Expander
Mac users will need this.

Substance Painter  optional
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