Linux Installation Information

  1. Download the .gz file. Important: Chrome mishandles .gz files, trying to unpack them itself. Use Firefox or some other browser.
  2. Unpack the .gz file into any convenient folder. The details may vary with your browser and system; for example, you might double-click the .gz file, then drag the whole SynthEyes folder inside it onto your desktop. While it's possible to run from there for quick testing, the following installation steps are necessary for SynthEyes to appear on the menus, have file icons, be available to other users, etc.
  3. Open the Terminal window.
  4. Use "cd" to go to the unpacked folder.
  5. If you are using Kubuntu or Ubuntu 14.04, edit to uncomment the UBUNTU_MENU_PROXY line. You can also do this if you don't want to use Unity's global menu for SynthEyes. (Required if you disable the global menu on Ubuntu 14.04 via the System Settings... Appearance/Behavior panel.)
  6. Type "sudo ./" and hit enter. You'll need to type in your password before the script will run. If you aren't on your system's sudoer list, you'll need someone is who is, or you'll need the superuser password. If your system does not use sudo, type "su" and hit enter to become superuser instead.
  7. If you have a suitable NVidia GPU and will use SynthEyes's neural net features, you may want to install the GPU overlay at this time to improve performance on neural-net tracking, if you use that. (You can install this later instead.)
  8. On Redhat/CentOS/Kubuntu/Mint systems, you'll find SynthEyes in the Graphics submenu of the main Applications menu.
  9. On Ubuntu Unity systems, click on "Dash Home" then type SynthEyes into the search field; click the SynthEyes Pro icon. Once you've started SynthEyes, you can right-click its icon in the Dash bar and select "Lock to Launcher" if you like.
  10. NOTE: If SynthEyes does not start or has other issues, see the Troubleshooting page for further adjustments that may be necessary for your Linux distribution.

  11. Read and accept the license agreement that will pop up.
  12. Full version: Enter your SynthEyes license information in the standard way (see the emailed directions or the registration and authorization tutorials).
  13. Start tracking!
  14. Existing SynthEyes ".sni" files may not open (by double-clicking them) in the file browser until you have restarted your window manager.
  15. See "High-DPI Monitors" in the manual for how to configure SynthEyes to double everything's size, to adapt for tiny print etc in high-dots-per-inch monitors.
  16. Due to variations in fonts between distributions, you may want to adjust the user interface font name, size, and leading on SynthEyes's Preferences panel.

SynthEyes easily is the best camera match mover and object tracker out there.

Matthew Merkovich

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