Guest post by Vanessa Oswald
Attention, Creative Cats!
Metaio has been striving to make Augmented Reality (AR) more accessible to more content creating communities – designers, programmers, artists, publishers, etc. As a part of that mission, Metaio has created the perfect solution for all you creative geniuses out there: the Metaio AR Creator Plugin for Adobe’s InDesign. By bringing AR authoring tools to familiar software, Metaio opens up the AR community to those who might not have previously known about the tools to make AR. As SVP of Metaio’s Product Development team, Michael Kuhn, said, “By providing easy-to-learn AR functionality right inside Adobe InDesign, we are giving millions of creative professionals the ability to create original Augmented Reality experiences.”
The plugin rundown is fairly simple: it allows you to insert 2-D augmented content into your very own professional work with just a few clicks. All you have to do is open your project, analyze if your project is suitable for being properly tracked by smart devices, and create an additional AR-layer to add the content you want to be augmented. If you’ve used the Metaio Creator you’ll notice a familiar ranking system that will indicate how well your pages will track, allowing you to apply small changes on the spot.The plugin then allows you to export your project into the Creator, where you can make additional changes and position the content exactly the way you want it to appear. The options are virtually endless: Include videos, photos, graphics or a simple hyperlink and enhance your new and old projects with augmented, multidimensional craziness.
Watch the video below for a quick demonstration of the InDesign plugin.
It’s easy, it’s fast and it definitely looks cool, what more is there to say? Well actually. . . did I mention it’s free! Yes, I’m not kidding. You can download the plugin in the Adobe Exchange Store, as well as in the Metaio Store.
You can count on Metaio not to stop here! As these new open community-accessible tools become stronger and more common, expect to see AR become more and more common among creative types everywhere!
We’ll give live demonstrations of the plugin next week at Adobe Max – the largest Adobe conference of the year, held in Los Angeles October 4th through 8th.
And of course, don’t forget to visit us at InsideAR on October 29th & 30th in Munich.
Enjoy the plugin! We are looking forward to seeing your augmented pieces of art!