July 3, 2014

Coming soon – the Wikitude SDK 4.0

Welcome to the all new Wikitude SDK! While incremental numbers generally reflect incremental improvements in a product, we thought that there’s so much goodness packed into the newest version of the Wikitude SDK that it was time to up the number game and give this one it’s own class. Based on a tremendous amount of feedback and Q&A with developers like you, we’ve retooled a number of features, while keeping the ones that you love and use the most. It’s not 100% ready for your consumption yet, but here’s a rundown of what to expect in our newest version!

Entirely new tracking engine

Continually improving, we’ve revamped the entire image recognition and tracking engine. We’ve fine-tuned and optimized each step in how Wikitude is recognizing and tracking images for performance. For you, this means that the technology has a much broader reach, supports more devices, and tracks even more images successfully. Simply put, you can reach more users using more reference images. For your customers this means a better user experience when accessing your content. In general this results in lowered minimum hardware requirements for performant image recognition and tracking, producing a fluid experience on the iPhone 4, and other devices with low(er) computational power – including eyewear and smart glasses.

New Feature: Snap-To-Screen

A popular feature requested by a number of developers was the ability to retain an image or video on the display, even when the target image is no longer visible. Enter stage left: Snap-To-Screen. We’ve included this ability in 4.0 and now permit developers to snap an augmentation to the screen. This feature allows for an augmentation to remain displayed even when the target is not. From the feedback we’ve received, this comes in very handy when users are watching a video, and don’t necessarily need to be pointed at the target image.

API Change: Wildcards for tracker ID

We heard you loud and clear on the many requests about how cumbersome and time-consuming it is to specify every ID for your target images in our tracker API. We’ve made the life of a Wikitude developer a lot easier through the ability to use wildcards. You can now use these wildcards to match several target IDs instead of a single ID.

A Slimmer Library

In addition to fixing a few bugs, we’ve slimmed down the library, resulting in a decreased memory footprint of your app.

Upgrade Guarantee and Available Soon

We’re still in the final phase of testing and fixing any outstanding development issues. The Wikitude SDK 4.0 will be available in a few weeks for all supported platforms and extensions. All customers who purchase a Wikitude SDK after 1st of July 2014 will qualify for a free upgrade for their Wikitude SDK 3.3 to the new Wikitude SDK 4.0 version. If you have any comments, questions or just want to chat with like minded Wikitude developers, head on over to our developer forum and join the party!

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