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Use Unity on Your Desktop
Tutorial
Beginner
30 Mins
Overview
Summary
In this tutorial,you will learn how to get and operate Unity on your own device.You will be able to create new projects on your own Unity account. This way you have your own workspace separate from the Learn Platform so once the workshop is done you will still have ways to access your work and start your own projects.
Topics we'll cover
Language
English
Recommended Unity Versions
2018.3
Tutorial
Use Unity on Your Desktop
1.
Introduction
The Pathstream platform is meant to be a learning tool for you to understand how Unity works with some guiding rails. When the workshop ends you need to be able to use Unity on your own computer. This module will teach you how to set up Unity on your own computer and migrate all of your work from Pathstream to your own desktop computer.

2.
Use Unity on Your desktop
Lab Overview
By learning how to get and operate Unity on your own device you will be able to create new projects on your own Unity account. This way you have your own workspace separate from Pathstream so once the workshop is done you will still have ways to access your work and start your own projects.
What will you learn?
You will learn how to download and use Unity on your own machine
Sandbox: Setup Unity on your desktop
To do so, you’ll need to:
  • Download and install Unity Hub
  • Download and install the Unity Editor
  • Open and save projects on your desktop
  • Use Unity Hub to save and open projects from the cloud
You will learn how to use Unity on your desktop

3.
Download Unity Hub
Click here to access the Unity Hub download page and download Unity Hub
What is Unity Hub
Unity Hub is a standalone application that streamlines the way you find, download, and manager your Unity Projects and installations. 
Pro Tip: Unity Versions
Unity releases new Unity version every few weeks. If you spend time developing on Unity and need the newest features you can end up with multiple versions of Unity on your machine. Unity Hub keeps all your versions and projects in one place to streamline your workflow Step By Step
  • Go to https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download . Once there you will have a choice between “Chose your Unity + download” and “Download Unity Hub (Preview)”
  • Click the “Download Unity Hub (Preview)”. (The reason why it says “Preview” is because it’s technically still in Beta phase but it works great.)
  • Once you finish downloading the installer, run the file and install the Unity Hub. It’s very straightforward and you just need to find a place on your Disk Drive to install it.
  • Once you are done, hit Launch and open up your Unity Hub.

4.
Get to Know Unity Hub
Projects, Learn, Installs
Open each of the 3 distinct tabs at the top:

What is Projects?
Projects is where you will find all your saved projects, both those saved the Disk or in the Cloud.
What is Learn?
In Learn, you can explore tutorials, links and resources for how to use Unity. These dive into different basic topics to help people get started in Unity. Unlike the Pathstream app this tab will cover a wide range of topics, not focusing too in depth on any one feature of design in Unity.

What are Installs?
This shows the currently installed versions you have on your machine. Each version of Unity has certain advantages to using them. Sometimes it's better to use a previous iteration that works better with your project then the most current version, or you are working on a previous version when an update is released and someone new joins the project. 
The Installs section of Unity Hub has 3 main subsections: On my machine, Official Releases and Beta Releases. Here you can keep track of what you already have installed in the “On my machine section”, then if you want a stable build of Unity to work in go to Official Releases or if you want to test out the latest tool and features you can install a Beta Release.  

5.
Add Components to your Install
Install the version of Unity that is on the Pathstream platform
In the Installs tab, install Unity 2018.3.12

What is LTS?
“Long Term Support” version which has been fully bug tested and deemed stable.
Step By Step
  • On the [ tab, find the Unity 2017.4 (currently 2017.4.10f1) ] and click Download next to that version. The pop up menu in the image below should appear.  
  • As to “Documentation”, “Standard Assets”, or “Example Project”, you will not need them for this course but we recommend you include them as they can be useful when developing your own projects. 
  • Click Done button on the bottom right and the installation process will begin. 
  • When your download has begun the Download button will disappear and show you a loading bar. Once that is done installing, the 2017.4 version of Unity will appear in your “On my machine section” of your Installs in the Unity Hub. Now you have Unity Hub and Unity 2017.4 - you are ready to open up your project!
  • On the [ tab, find the Unity 2017.4 (currently 2017.4.10f1) ] and click Download next to that version. The pop up menu in the image below should appear.  
  • As to “Documentation”, “Standard Assets”, or “Example Project”, you will not need them for this course but we recommend you include them as they can be useful when developing your own projects. 
  • Click Done button on the bottom right and the installation process will begin. 
  • When your download has begun the Download button will disappear and show you a loading bar. Once that is done installing, the 2017.4 version of Unity will appear in your “On my machine section” of your Installs in the Unity Hub. Now you have Unity Hub and Unity 2017.4 - you are ready to open up your project!

6.
Creating Projects in Unity
Create a new project with any name you’d like

What is Project Name?
You can name your project whatever you want like “Name of Unity Project Test” or “project in progress”
What is Unity Version?
From here you can switch to any Unity version you have installed in your Hub.
What is Location?
This where you determine where your project file will live on our hard drive
What is Template?
This allows your to choose if you want your project to be 3-Dimensional, or if you want it to be 2-Dimensional
What is Organization?
This is the cloud where your project will be saved. The organization is who has access to it, the default would say something like “yourname298403” or if its an organization like Pathstream it will have that name
What are Unity Analytics?
Unity has a built in analytics system that you can use, or you can switch it off and not have any analytics from Unity.

7.
Open an Existing Project in Unity
In the Project tab of Unity Hub, select an existing project (you should have the project you created in the step before)

Or if your project has not been opened through Unity Hub, you can open it using the Open button and navigating to the root folder.

Step by step
  • Select the Open Button at the top right of the Unity Hub window
  • Navigate to the project’s root folder
  • Click “Select Folder” 
  • Confirm the Unity version in the following dialog box
  • If asked about the Packages, click “Proceed”

Pro Tip: Project Root Folder
If you are opening a Unity project on your machine, oftentimes you will need to locate the root folder. The root folder contains the____ You can confirm that you are selecting the root folder by ensuring it contains the Assets, Library, Packages, ProjectSettings, Temp, and UnityPackageManager folders.
Key Takeaways
You have now setup Unity Hub on your own machine!By completing this tutorial, you are now able to
  • Work on Unity Projects on your own machine
  • Setup Unity Hub and work with different version of Unity
  • Create new projects using Unity Hub
  • Open existing projects using Unity Hub