Cutter
Setting Up


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To run Cutter a resource called the "Java Runtime Environment" (JRE) must be installed on your computer. A free download of the Java runtime environment (JRE) can be obtained from,

    Download - Java SE Runtime Environment 8

Make sure you download the JRE - not the JDK (Java Development Kit).

A script is required to "launch" Cutter. Download the one appropriate for your computer system. The "run" file must be saved in the same directory as Cutter.
        run.bat (Windows)
        run (Linux & MacOSX)
Edit the "run" script so that the paths for MAYA_USER_DIR and RMS_SCRIPT_PATHS are correct.


Step 1

Windows & MacOSX - download and install the JRE.
Linux - skip this step - the JRE is pre-installed.


Step 2

Windows, Linux & MacOSX - register with Pixar and then download their "Free Non-Commercial RenderMan".


Step 3

Windows, Linux & MacOSX - download and save cutter.jar in a location that is convenient to you. Most readers will find the following directory structure works well if they intend to use Pixar's RenderMan.

YOUR_HOME_DIR/
             |_archives/
             |         |_ geo/
             |         |_ lights/
             |         |_ materials/
             |
             |_cutter/  
             |       |_ cutter.jar
             |       |_ run.bat OR run
             |
             |_frames/
             |_ribs/
             |_osl/
             |_textures/
             |_tiffs/   <<-- source images for textures go here
  

Step 4 - launching Cutter via the "run" file

Windows - to launch Cutter double click on the run.bat script.

Linux and Mac OSX - open a terminal window and "cd" to the directory containing the cutter.jar file and the run script. To add "execute" permission to the run script enter the following command - this only needs to be done once,


chmod 777 run

To launch Cutter using the run script enter the following command into the terminal window,


./run

Additional information about customing Pixar's RenderMan for Maya (aka. RenderMan Studio) can be found here,
    RMS: Customizing

For an outline of Cutter's use of its own environment variables refer to
    Env Variables - CUTTER_APP_DIR & CUTTER_USERS_DIR




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