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Apple’s Reality Converter simplifies creating 3D augmented reality objects

35368A0F-A88D-4E85-A7CA-F0C71794AC44Apple’s Reality Converter gives developers a free tool to convert, view, and customize 3D objects into USDZ, the file format Apple uses for augmented reality content. This is clearly part of the company’s drive to play a significant role in AR development.

Play around with reality in Apple’s Reality Converter

Reality Converter, Apple’s new AR tool for macOS, lets users drag-and-drop common 3D file formats, such as .obj, .gltf and .usd, to view the converted USDZ result. Users can then change textures and edit file metadata.

Once finished, Reality Converter can preview the USDZ object under a variety of lighting and environment conditions with built-in IBL (image-based lighting) options.

The first Reality Converter beta is available now on Apple’s website for developers. Being a registered developer is required to access this software. It’s Mac-only — there’s no iPad version.

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