the packaged release for Cinder only supports Visual Studio 2013, or to be more precise: toolset v120. It is recommended that you install Visual Studio 2013 to obtain that version of the toolset (there's no other way to get it). Afterwards, you can keep using Visual Studio 2017 as your IDE of choice, but do not upgrade the Cinder project or your own project to toolset v140.
However, Cinder should support toolset v140 without any modifications, but you'll need to compile it yourself. To do that, open the
cinder.vcxproj file, upgrade it to toolset v140 when Visual Studio asks you about it and compile both the
Release targets. The
cinder-v140_d.lib file should then appear in the correct lib folder.
See also this long explanation.
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