Running Jot on Windows

After publishing the Jot Exporter for Blender, I’ve noticed a lot of people are having trouble getting Jot to run on their computers. I’ve put together this short tutorial to help explain how. The screenshots are from Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, but the process should be the same for WinXP, Vista and Win7, both 32 and 64-bit, and Home, Pro or Enterprise editions.

Begin by downloading Jot from her http://jot.cs.princeton.edu and double click jot-1.0.0.zip. Drag the jot folder within to the root of your C: drive.

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Go into C:\jot\batch, and right click jot-config.bat, and choose Edit.

edit-jot-config

Replace the line where it says:

set JOT_ROOT=C:\rkalnins\jot-distrib-test\jot

with

set JOT_ROOT=C:\jot

Save the file and close it.

Next go back to the C:\jot folder and right click jot-cmd and choose Properties.

jot-cmd-properties-menuIn the Properties window where it says Target change:

%SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe /k C:\rkalnins\jot-distrib-test\jot\batch\jot-config.bat

to

%SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe /k C:\jot\batch\jot-config.bat

jot-cmd-properties-window

Click OK on the properties window and run jot-cmd by double clicking it. You should get a command prompt that looks like this:

jot-cmd-prompt

In the command prompt enter the following.

cd manual\tutorials\tutorial-1
jotq cactus-1.jot

jot-cmd-prompt-with-text

If everything is working as it should, Jot should start up with the model of a cactus loaded.

jot-interface

Look in the manual folder for instructions on how to use jot, plus a couple of tutorials.

April 3, 2013

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