Introduction to the Wikitude SDK
Welcome to the Wikitude SDK. This document is designed to help you from your very first steps with the Wikitude SDK all the way through to advanced concepts and examples for developing your augmented reality project.
- Unity 2020.3.17f1 LTS or higher running on Windows or macOS - The Intel version of the Editor is required, even on M1 Macs
- Rendering engines
- OpenGL ES 2
- OpenGL ES 3.x
- Metal (iOS only)
- Direct3D 11 (UWP only)
Recommended Usage of this Documentation
The documentation is arranged in a way to guide you through the various steps in your development process. We recommend following each of the steps outlined below and reading the documentation in the order displayed.
In this section we describe the necessary steps to setup a project in a detailed guide.
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The Wikitude Native SDK - Augmented Reality for your own app
The Wikitude Native SDK is a software library and framework for mobile apps used to create augmented reality experiences. The Native SDK supports use cases which require image recognition and tracking technology (vision based augmented reality).
To use the Wikitude Native SDK within a Unity project, simply import the Wikitude.unitypackage into a existing Unity project and import all assets that are part of the .unitypackage. After the import is done, use the
WikitudeCamera prefab in combination with one of the
Architecture of the Wikitude SDK
The image above shows the different components of the Wikitude SDK and possible approaches for creating augmented reality apps. Each of these approaches is based on certain development environments (IDE) and platforms:
- Wikitude SDK - Native API: Provides access to the Wikitude computer vision engine natively for Android (Java), iOS (ObjC) and Windows UWP. It also can load plugins via the Wikitude Plugins API.
- Wikitude SDK - Plugins API: An API to connect your own plugins to the Wikitude SDK. (NOTE: Wikitude SDK plugins have nothing to do with the Cordova or Unity Plugin concept.)
- Wikitude SDK - Unity3D Plugin: On top of the Native API the Unity plugin allows to use the Wikitude SDK in combination with Unity.
The Wikitude Developer Portal
The Wikitude Developer Section should be your first stop when you have specific development related questions. The portal hosts a very active Developer Community Forum where Wikitude staff members are constantly assisting other developers with helpful tips and advice. You can find How-To's and a constantly evolving FAQ section there as well.