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  1. Sticky: Re: A forum for readers of the third mental ray handbook

    Inspired by Andy's book I have completely revised the notes on how to setup and use the Cutter text editor for compiling shaders and rendering scene files. Those who would like to try Cutter for...
  2. Sticky: Re: A forum for readers of the third mental ray handbook

    Hello Bart,
    I fixed the permissions and once I apply your suggestions about startup I'm sure I will not have to restart the license server. However, I think when the Mac goes to sleep the server...
  3. Sticky: Re: A forum for readers of the third mental ray handbook

    The problem I experienced with my Mac laptop (os 10.5.4) was caused by the licensing software, located at,
    /var/spm/spmd_ib
    was not given the appropriate permissions to run its demon. After...
  4. Sticky: Re: A forum for readers of the third mental ray handbook

    Andy,
    Thank you for your wonderful book.
    I have installed the demo version from the CD onto my laptop MacOSX (32bit) computer. I rendered a .mi scene file OK. Then later I restarted the computer...
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    I have a similiar situation with regard to...

    I have a similiar situation with regard to compiling using VS8. No one seems to be able to provide sample bat files despite repeated requests. We have given up on the Windows plateform and have now...
  6. Sample scripts

    Many thanks Bart for the pointers to the other posts. I have gone through them very carefully and have installed the new dll from Microsoft. Unfortunately, my shaders are still compiling with a...
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    Using custom shaders

    I've tried to find previous posts about using custom shaders with Maya. I apologise in advance if this issue has already been answered. I'm teaching mi shader writing for the first time. My students...
  8. missing MSVCR80.DLL

    Dependency Walker says that,
    MSVCR80.DLL Error opening file. The system cannot find the file specified(2).

    In the script (.bat) that we use to setup the environment variables I added,
    ...
  9. We are trying to render on the same PC. We get a...

    We are trying to render on the same PC. We get a .dll file but we also get a .dll.manifest and a .exp file. Shouldn't the contents of those "extra" files become part of the .dll and then be deleted....
  10. Anyone using Visual Studio 8 to compile shaders?

    I am compiling shaders on Windows (32bit OS). We have changed from our previous version of MS Visual Studio to VS 8. Our script that runs the shader source code through the compiler is no longer...
  11. mi transform matrix compared to maya's matrix values

    Because mi only allows transformations to be specified with a (transformation) matrix rather than with more human friendly individually specified "translate", "rotate" and "scale" commands I have...
  12. Text editor for mr shader writing and rendering

    I took the shader writing class in June and was so impressed that I immediately wanted to prepare myself to teach my students at the Savannah College of Art and Design how to write mr shaders.
    ...
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