June 18, 2013

Wikitude SDK 3.0 – just released, download now!

At Wikitude, we spend a lot of time talking to developers. Whether they’re building print media campaigns around augmented reality experiences, geo-based projects, or pushing the limits with tomorrow’s wearable technology, developers are a huge part of what we do here at Wikitude. The Wikitude SDKWith these conversations and feedback in mind, we’re proud to present the all-new Wikitude SDK 3.0. The newest version of our popular augmented reality software development kit incorporates this feedback, and presents developers with new and innovative ways to quickly and easily create powerful augmented reality experiences. We believe that a seamless, end-to-end creation tool benefits you the developer the most, and therefore, we’ve put a tremendous amount of work into developing an image recognition and tracking engine that meets and exceeds even the most demanding augmented reality requirements . This engine is already integrated into the SDK, with no need to install and configure an external library. And with up to 1,000 target images available per app, developers are free to let their creativity run wild. These target images are available offline, meaning response times are almost instantaneous as no response is needed from the cloud. Based on developer feedback, we realized that we needed to make the functionality big, but the file size lightweight. Target collections within the new SDK are highly compressed, resulting in reduced file sizes that can either be packaged inside the app, or dynamically changed and downloaded over the air. The Wikitude SDK 3.0The Wikitude SDK 3.0 now also includes 3D animations. Previously, we’d supported 3D modeling, and are proud to now bring you fully animated, 3D motion graphics. These animations are fully controllable over the javascript API, eliminating the need to manually control animations through a 3D engine. This is a feature our developer community specifically requested, and we’re happy to deliver. To make all of this a bit simpler (and easier to understand), the Wikitude SDK 3.0 includes a web based application to manage target images aka, the Wikitude Studio. This target management tool allows for batch uploading of images, a huge time saver, and an immediate rating of images, thus taking the guesswork out of which images will work in your augmented reality creation. Likewise, we’ve revamped the support and documentation sections based on developer feedback. This new documentation allows developers to get their augmented reality projects up and running faster than ever! This now means that the Wikitude SDK provides a one-stop solution for forward thinking developers who want to build augmented reality experiences based around a geo-based, 3D modeling, or image recognition and tracking based approach. Naturally, the Wikitude SDK allows developers a cross-platform approach, meaning that code only needs to be created once, and then output to iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10 devices. And since the Wikitude SDK is based upon familiar coding languages, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, there’s no need for developers to learn any new languages. Use the tools you’re used to, output to multiple devices, and utilize a seamless set of tools to create every type of augmented reality experience available. What could be easier? Download the all-new Wikitude SDK 3.0 and get started creating your augmented reality future today!

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