Wikitude provides PhoneGap’s first augmented reality plugin - Wikitude

Wikitude provides the first augmented reality plugin for PhoneGap

Wikitude, the world leader in augmented reality experiences is proud to announce it’s availability for the leading app building tool, Adobe® PhoneGap™. Now available as a plugin to the PhoneGap library from the Wikitude SDK, developers can use their existing HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript skills to fully realize powerful augmented reality experiences within their app. Wikitude is the first augmented reality firm to provide this tool to PhoneGap developers.

Wikitude and PhonegapPhoneGap has been downloaded over 1 million times, and currently counts 400,000+ active developers from around the globe. A full service solution, PhoneGap’s browser based app creation platform provides developers with a pain-free environment to not only test and develop their apps, but to output them to a variety of mobile operating systems with one click.

“By adding the Wikitude plugin you can write AR experiences, embed them in your PhoneGap project and run it on all of the Wikitude SDK’s supported platforms. For the very first time, one can create a fully featured app with advanced Augmented Reality features, including Image Recognition, using familiar languages such as HTML5 and Javascript,” comments Wikitude’s Andreas Hauser, Head of Mobile Development.

The availability of Wikitude within PhoneGap requires developers only to register and download the Wikitude SDK. To include Wikitude’s AR module in your Phonegap project you’ll need to

  • Download the AR Module’s sources from Wikitude’s github-account and include them in your project as described in the setup-guide
  • Download the Wikitude SDK from the Wikitude website and include the library in your Phonegap project.

Note: It is currently not possible to use “Phonegap Build” to include Wikitude’s AR Module, you’ll need to set this up manually.

The Wikitude plugin for PhoneGap is designed with developers in mind. Once the augmented reality portion of the project is completed using Wikitude’s ARchitect language (JavaScript based), it’s simply a matter of making the appropriate call within the app being developed. Developers only need to ensure lifecycle calls are done when a user exits or resumes using the app.

“Wikitude has raised the bar for what can be achieved by a PhoneGap plugin,” said Michael Brooks, Computer Scientist, Web Platform and Authoring at Adobe. “Their augmented reality SDK integrates seamlessly with your PhoneGap app, has a customizable view, exposes a rich JavaScript API, and is heavily documented. This plugin will inspire PhoneGap technology demos and enhance existing PhoneGap apps!”

This first augmented reality plugin for PhoneGap developers is now available for Android and iOS via the PhoneGap plugin repository on Github. Developers may register for and download the Wikitude SDK at sdk.wikitude.com.

5 Responses
  1. MrG says:

    It is a wonderfull news. I hope you will share more code samples like integration of the google maps js api (not native) results with the wikitude plugin using json. Really keen to test it!

  2. Raymond Camden says:

    I pinged you guys on Twitter but didn’t see a reply. PhoneGap Build supports a limited set of plugins. The last time I checked your plugin was not supported. Your blog post implies it will work, but as far as I know, this is not the case and you should edit the blog entry to let folks know they would have to compile locally, and NOT use PhoneGap Build.

    Don’t get me wrong, this plugin seems very cool, but you shouldn’t imply folks can use PGB when it will (again, afaik) fail for them.

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