venerdì 21 gennaio 2011

Setting up Animal Logic MayaMan to work with Maya 2011 on Windows

MayaMan is a plug-in which allows Maya users to render scenes with Renderman compliant renderers. The latest release for Windows x64 (3.0.08) was developed with Visual C++ 2010, so it's important to check if our pc has the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package installed.
The Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package installs runtime components of Visual C++ Libraries required to run applications on a computer that does not have Visual C++ 2010 installed.
The package can be downloaded here.
If we don't have an installer, we have to install the plug-in manually:

  1. Extract the file wherever you want (ie: C:\Program Files\Animal Logic\)
  2. Specify some environment variables that affect MayaMan's behaviour. Read here how to do that:

    variable nameMAYAMANROOT
    variable valuepath\to\mayaman3.0.08_64

    variable name: MAYA_PLUG_IN_PATH
    variable path:   %MAYAMANROOT%\plugins\2011

    variable name: MAYA_SCRIPT_PATH
    variable path:   %MAYAMANROOT%\mel

    variable name: XBMLANGPATH
    variable path:   %MAYAMANROOT%\mel
  3.  
  4. Run Maya and load the plug-in.

Best regards.