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8 hours ago, BlueEagle23 said:

As I finished up my creations this evening, I noticed a message at the top of the page saying that Reveal Studio will retire on April 2nd (I guess not to be taken as an April Fool's joke.) On July 1st, all content created with Reveal Studio will no longer be available. However, content created using the HP Reveal app will continue to be available.

 

Yes, this is unfortunate for all HP Reveal caches, built in Studio (including two my caches) - if these HP plans will happen, Auras will not work after July 1st.

Then I see only two options:

  • re-create the experience /auras on different platform (new, future upgrade of HP Reveal Studio, which is not introduced yet / or using another approved app, if there is any)
  • or archive our AR caches :(

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1 hour ago, Rikitan said:

 

Yes, this is unfortunate for all HP Reveal caches, built in Studio (including two my caches) - if these HP plans will happen, Auras will not work after July 1st.

Then I see only two options:

  • re-create the experience /auras on different platform (new, future upgrade of HP Reveal Studio, which is not introduced yet / or using another approved app, if there is any)
  • or archive our AR caches :(

I would assume the Studio version would be more detailed and allow for more creation options, but how limited is the app version? I haven't looked into HP Reveal in any form.

 

I hope that once the March deadline passes, Groundspeak decides to keep allowing AR caches to be created. I totally missed the boat on HP Reveal and it sounds like a platform that was more suited to the kind of AR cache I'd want to create. I wasn't much of a fan of Metaverse as it didn't seem robust enough and DID like Zappar but GS didn't support it.

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9 hours ago, Crow-T-Robot said:

I would assume the Studio version would be more detailed and allow for more creation options, but how limited is the app version?

 

This is very good question. Frankly, I will give it a try to re-create my content using app version, but expecting serious limitations.

I tried to create Auras directly in the App before I "discovered" Studio, but it appeared to me like instant fun - snap the trigger, add overlay from catalogue. No settings, no multiple overlays, no palette of actions, timers and other functions I used in Studio. But I'll to migrate it somehow, let's see.

Anyway, hopeful new Studio will come soon and will remain free. Otherwise, Reveal is gone for us. 

 

Ref, official info & FAQ: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekxkMPzopG4S0hzM7Tfebj1zgVsP4QK2bgiZQQSQSkmh29Sw/viewform

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16 hours ago, Crow-T-Robot said:

I would assume the Studio version would be more detailed and allow for more creation options, but how limited is the app version? I haven't looked into HP Reveal in any form.

The app can be used to create a very basic aura: take a photo using the app and then choose a media overlay. Either select something from the provided library or use your own image or video.

 

The Reveal Studio allows multiple overlays and actions. Overlays can fade in; become visible or hidden, start or stop (if video), and/or load an URL after an event (time delay, or when overlay has faded in, or when overlay is tapped.) This allows for a more interactive experience.

 

The AR cache I created uses simply an image overlay on signs in a park, so I should be able to replicate it using the app.

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What is the current status regarding AR caches?

Is there a statement from Groundspeak HQ? 🤔

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The recently rolled out Adventure Lab Caches are AR-Caches. It´s kind of a beta test for a wider implementation of AR Caches.

 

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7 hours ago, DerDiedler said:

The recently rolled out Adventure Lab Caches are AR-Caches. It´s kind of a beta test for a wider implementation of AR Caches.

 

No they're quite different. AR caches are standard physical caches classified under the Mystery cache type.  Adventure Labs are not geocaches at all and require the mobile app to provide a slightly different experience.

 

It may be in the future that Adventure Labs may incorporate AR technology, but there's no hint at that at this point, it's purely speculative. And there's been no word that the two would merge in some way.

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