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Software Requirements 

0. If you have a Mac, install Bootcamp and Windows

a. Installation instructions: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201468

b. Purchase and install Windows 10. The ISU tech website offers a student discount: iastate.onthehub.com

1. Please have Creative Cloud purchased and installed (minimum Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) [install to Mac or PC]

a. http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html

b. CC is necessary to work between multiple people; older versions will make collaboration difficult

2. Please download and install Autodesk AutoCAD (Mac or PC) and 3DS Max and Inventor 


3. Please purchase and install Rhino v5 (PC only) prior to the first day of studio

a. ($95 Windows license for students available in ISU Bookstore)

b. Rhino for Windows is required as most plug-ins do not yet run on the Mac version.

c. Review a selection of tutorials https://www.rhino3d.com/tutorials

d. SketchUp is not an acceptable alternative

4. Please purchase and install VRay for Rhino

a. Educational license, digital - https://novedge.com/products/2718?ITS=MWV

b. Unlock / check it out your license online through theVRay website. We do NOT recommend purchasing or using a dongle.

c. Students can check out their license key to use it offline for two weeks at a time.

d. It may take 24-48 hours to process the first unlock, so purchase early. NOTE: orders are only processed during business hours (in Bulgaria...), M-F.

e. Purchasing and installation instructions can be found here.

5. Please download and install Grasshopper for Rhino (it is free)



c. Review a selection of introduction videos http://vimeopro.com/rhino/grasshopper-getting-started-by-david-rutte 5. Please download and install Lunchbox for Rhino (it is free)

6. Please download and install Lunchbox (it is free): 


7. Please download and install DIVA-for-Rhino (it is free):


8. Please download and install Kangaroo (it is free):



9. Please download, install, and review any of the other free 'Food for Rhino' plugins that may be of interest to you 


10. Please download and install Google Earth Pro (it is free):

a. http://www.google.com/earth/explore/products/desktop.html b. Note: Google Earth Pro requires a license key. Use your email address and the key GEPFREE to sign in

11. Please download and install Karamba (it is free):


12. Please download and install AutoDesk Print (it is free): 

         a. https://dremel3d.at/pages/software