October 16, 2013

Video augmentations and more in the Wikitude Studio & SDK 3.2!

We’re happy to announce that the Wikitude Studio has received an upgrade today. The world’s easiest augmented reality creator just got better with the addition of video augmentations, zooming for target images, a new transparent background for text augmentations, and a few updates to the user interface that are designed to contribute to a more efficient workflow. As the two products go hand in hand, the updated Wikitude SDK version 3.2 is also now available for both iOS and Android devices. In this release we’ve added support for video drawables including motion pictures with transparent backgrounds (think Hollywood green screens), a screenshot AR scene feature, decreased the load time of the image recognition tracker, and reworked the radar element.

The Wikitude Studio upgrades

Through your valuable feedback, we’re fine tuning the Wikitude Studio every day. A number of you are already pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with today’s technology, and have requested the ability to add video augmentations to your projects. We’re happy to deliver, and as of this most recent update, The Wikitude Studio now supports videos as augmentations. As with all Studio creations, adding videos to your projects is as simple as inserting the appropriate URL and matching this file with a source trigger. Studio can work with self-hosted videos or videos from YouTube or Vimeo right out of the box. And speaking of triggers, we’ve revamped the way in which target images are handled in the Studio work area. We’ve replaced the static canvas with a zoomable canvas allowing you to zoom in and out of your target image, thereby increasing ease of use. This can be particularly useful when working with large target images, or images with extreme aspect ratios (e.g. panorama images). With the addition of a transparent background option for text augmentations, the flexibility factor has been greatly improved, and you’re now free to place text anywhere you want with minimal consideration given to the background. Try the all new Wikitude Studio today! [responsive_vid]

The Wikitude SDK 3.2 in detail

Building upon this new functionality within the Wikitude Studio, the new Wikitude SDK 3.2 allows developers to take advantage of video augmentations. When combined with an alpha channel (transparent) background, video drawables can be a highly effective way to add that additional “Wow!” factor. A requested feature from a number of developers has been a screenshot (capture) function that will allow end users to capture a still image from their augmented reality experience. This ability is now built into the SDK, and can be used in a variety of applications. Captures work with all functions of the SDK, and can be a great way for users to spread and share the fun they’re having with the augmented reality creations. Always improving, our code-ninjas have worked their magic again, further streamlining our image recognition engine, and decreasing the load time. Ultimately, this means that your end users spend more time enjoying, and less time loading. augmented reality radar And last but certainly not least, a number of you requested more flexibility with the radar element. You want it, you got it! With the Wikitude SDK 3.2, the radar element has been reworked and may now be placed anywhere you want. The Wikitude SDK 3.2 is free download and backward compatible with versions 3.0 and 3.1. The web-based Wikitude Studio has been refreshed with improvements ready and waiting. These improvements were based upon your valuable feedback. If there’s something missing in our SDK or Studio products that would help the way you work, let us know about it. Likewise, don’t forget about our developer forums where your fellow developers support and inspire each other.

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