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  • AR Quick Look brings augmented reality to Safari in iOS 12

    gutengel said:
    I'm iOS12 and the AR icon doesn't show neither. I was wondering what programs do they use to import the models. I usually work on SolidWorks and Rhino and I'd love to implements this on my webpage with some of my designs and models.
    They simply export them as usdz files. Any program that supports that can export them. Then simply add them to your webpage and link them to those files. 
    Not mentioned in the article is third partner in the unusually small consortium to create this updated AR usdz file format. That would be Adobe in addition to Apple and Disney/Pixar.  That Adobe was part of this as a content design tools creator is significant.  

    If SolidWorks and/or Rhino do not yet support export in usdz file format, Adobe Photoshop CC latest version may have this capability. If it does, you can export to one of several formats Photoshop can import and then export from Photoshop.  

    I’m not sure of the fidelity of surface mapping and other aspects of your files will come through intact, especially the physics attributes of SolidWorks.  I’ll investigate this later as I am retired from work in several “3D CAD” programs and longtime Photoshop professional.  I ignored trying Photoshop 3D features as 3DStudio MAX and Maya met those needs (for me, both sadly gobbled up by AutoCAD some time ago).

    You can count on Adobe to come up with specialty application(s) and extensions to existing programs to get out in front on AR creation tools as a member of the group that created the usdz file format. 

    If if any of you readers find out what applications adopt or have adopted this file type, please post for our benefit.  

    FYI: this usdz file format is an enhanced version of pre-existing “usd” file format used by Pixar (Universal Scene Description = usd)  fundamental to Pixar’s 3D animation process. The three companies added additional features and compatibility as well as preview-able zip compression (“z” part of file extension). 

    Note to AppleInsider: this is worthy of continued coverage to keep us up-to-date on announcements of any software plans and actual availability of creation tools to create and export usdz files to integrate into content. 
  • First look: Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPower

    The red dot allows for situations where cell phones aren't allowed. They can ask you to turn off your watch or in a security situation, hold it for you during secure meeting or activity. Seems fair to me if they aren't allowing cell phones in those situations.

    As a marketing tool, it will be noticed (it does catch your attention more so than without it and might be a conversation starter) and remembered by nearby people and they will likely learn it's an Apple Watch. 
    It will contribute to the critical mass needed in public visibility to accelerate adoption of the watch much as the iPhone finally took off with critical mass adoption with the 3GS due to its visibility.. 

    The Apple Watch has a faster adoption rate than the iPhone did, but mostly due to iPhone halo effect. The next acceleration will be its visibility in numbers. The iPad had the fastest adoption rate. 

    I think AAPL will break out in the next three quarters due to new products today and those still in the pipeline. The ecosystem keeps increasing in value with this year's products and iOS improvements. The limited availability of the iPhone X will keep sales numbers up in the 2nd fiscal quarter (1st calendar quarter in 2018).  I expect stock price to be much higher by April quarterly report or sooner. I believe the iOS features for the iPad Pro such as file system, more multitouch, and notes features are underestimated in their usefulness to compete with laptops.

    3rd party AR quality Apps will contribute as well as developing health Apps yet to come.
    I'm holding on to my stock as well as buying these products. My life is improved—I'm happy.