Interactive Mode

Interactive mode is the default mode, requiring no additional command-line arguments. It also loads additional modules, such as the ScenegraphManager. Interactive is the only mode that launches Katana with the GUI.

To start Katana in Interactive mode:

1.   Open a terminal.
2.   Navigate to the directory where you installed Katana.
3.   Enter:

./katana

If a license is present, the interface displays. Otherwise, you need to license Katana. See Licensing Katana for more on this.

You can also specify a Katana scene to load. To start in Interactive mode, and open a specified Katana scene:

1.   Open a terminal.
2.   Navigate to the directory where you installed Katana.
3.   Enter:

./katana /yourDirectory/yourScene.katana

You can also specify an asset ID using the --asset flag, to resolve and open a file from your asset management system. The --asset flag takes a single argument, which is the asset ID to resolve. For example:

./katana --asset=mock:///show/shot/name/version

Note:  The format of the asset ID itself is dependent on your asset management system, and the file you attempt to resolve must be a valid Katana scene.

Note:  The --asset flag also applies to Katana's Batch mode.

For more on Katana's Asset API see Asset Management System Plug-in API.