April 2, 2014

The Wikitude SDK 3.3

We’re pleased and proud to bring you an all new updated Wikitude SDK. This release includes some handy new features for creating augmented reality experiences as well as a number of maintenance fixes and a few stability improvements. Likewise, as our development of the augmented reality SDK is highly consumer driven, we’ve heard you, and starting today, will be releasing bi-weekly updates in the new Developer Release channel. More info below.

SDK 3.3 updates

This update of the Wikitude SDK is a collection of improvements, bug fixes and a couple of new features. Wikitude SDKNotable changes include: the support for multiple augmented reality views in your experience (e.g. several AR views in tabs next to each other) and changes to the iPhone 4 rendering to stabilize the frame rate for this device. On the other side of the iOS spectrum, the Wikitude SDK 3.3 now supports the arm64 architecture used in the 64-bit A7 chip (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Mini). iOS developers may now also select a newly introduced IR-only mode, for image recognition projects, where sensor data (GPS, compass, gyro) is not required. This will remove the prompt for access to location for your app. Android developers will benefit with an improved (i.e. faster) initialization of JavaScript API for Android 3.0+ devices resulting in a shorter start-up phase of your augmented reality experience. This release also fixes an error reported during start-up and adds support for the tel:, sms: and mailto: URL schemes. The full change-log can be found in our developer blog. These changes and updates were driven solely by feedback from Wikitude customers and developers. We encourage you to send us your feedback and questions and ideas either via email or on the developer forum. The Wikitude SDK v3.3 is available as of today at www.wikitude.com/download. This upgrade is free for every 3.x user (upgrades from 2.x or 1.x available for purchase – please contact us at sales@wikitude.com). Migration guides are available in our documentation (Android migration guide, iOS migration guide)

PhoneGap and Titanium extensions

Our PhoneGap Plugin for embedding augmented reality in PhoneGap projects has received a major overhaul in the past few weeks. The Wikitude PhoneGap Plugin now comes pre-packaged with the Wikitude SDK 3.3 library and is compatible with PhoneGap 3.4.0. Additionally to the improvements from the new Wikitude SDK 3.3, the PhoneGap Plugin now handles orientation changes the same way your app does. Together with a much improved set-up guide for the Wikitude PhoneGap Plugin, we’ve made it a lot easier to work with the code from the Wikitude Sample App. The augmented reality examples now only contain the actual sample code without the PhoneGap app source. A shell script makes it easier for you to build the Sample app or pull-in selected code fragments. Our easy migration guide will help you updating the plugin. You can also update it from our download page. The Titanium Module will be updated with the SDK 3.3 in the upcoming days.

Bi-weekly releases in the new Developer Release Channel

Our development efforts are customer and market-driven. This means that we react quickly, are flexible on new requirements and squash bugs as soon as possible. However, the current release policy made it necessary for some customers to wait for several weeks to be able to include a much anticipated bug fix into their app. Previously, we’d solve this issue with access to internal custom pre-releases, but this ended up producing a number of other problems. From this release onward, Wikitude is offering a new release channel for brave developers – the Developer Release Channel. The developer release channel will be populated approximately every two-weeks with the newest features, bug-fixes and improvements. It represents the latest stage of the Wikitude SDK. Releases in this channel will run and build properly, but are not as thoroughly tested as the Stable Release Channel – use them with care and at your own risk!

Future Outlook

With the next release of the Wikitude SDK right around the corner, we’re planning on a major step forward in terms of performance of augmented reality experiences. This advancement will allow the Wikitude SDK to run augmented reality experiences on devices with less computational power than we currently recommend. We’ve been talking to a lot of developers, and are fine tuning our toolset to better support your workflow – particularly in the areas of debugging and testing. …and there might be a few more surprises in store, stay tuned!

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