Adobe announce Project Aero for AR authoring
Adobe has announced a new AR authoring tool called Project Aero. The software is a collaboration between Adobe to creating authoring tools for Apple’s ARKit enabled devices, using Pixar’s new USDZ file format. The latter is described as a way to display rendered 3D AR content using a “zero compression, unencrypted zip archive” that they hope will become a standard for AR content. Adobe will be adding support for USDZ across the Creative Cloud suite, with Autodesk and Sketchup promising to add support soon.
According to the specification, features of USDZ include:
- “Robust schemas for interchange of geometry, shading, and skeletal deformation
- “High performance data retrieval and rendering, including powerful instancing features
- “The ability to package user-selectable content variations, natively
- “A sound architecture that is flexible enough to adapt to future needs”
Project Aero itself is an app that is intended to allow Creative Cloud users to view AR content on their devices created using existing familiar tools. The previews indicate that users will be able to lay out and manipulate designs in physical spaces created using tools like Photoshop and Dimension. From the app, projects can be exported and opened in XCode for further development. You can learn more about Project Aero on Adobe’s website.