Reality Composer App

At the WWDC2019 Apple announced the Beta release of a new Augmented Reality composer app for iPad called Reality Composer (RC). To get early access of the app you need to request a beta testing trial via the Apple developer portal. The Beta software needs to be run using the Testflight app in order to provide Apple with important user feedback whilst the final public release is being finalised.

The RC app makes it super easy to construct Augmented Reality scenes that work in AR Quick Look via the Safari browser, iMessage & file system on all devices shipped with iOS13. It has built in primitives & a small library of object assets and an even larger library of sound effects to get you started.

Reality Composer also ships with Xcode 11, so if you don’t have an ipad it is still possible to start using Reality Composer.

Currently Reality Composer only supports import of usdz files. Whether or not Apple decides to support other common formats like glTF, FBX for import remains to be seen. My guess is they probably won’t given that usdz is natively supported across macOS, iPadOS & iOS.

Downloading USDZ files

It is very easy to download usdz files from the usdzshare user gallery and drag them straight into Reality Composer. Custom USDZ files support animations. So if you want to take your AR Scenes to the next level & standout amongst the crowd…. you will need to start using custom usdz files.

Download usdz files

Download custom usdz files for import into Reality Composer

First download custom usdz files to the files App on iPad. Go into the files App and check your usdz file is where you saved it. Open Reality Composer app and swipe up from the bottom to reveal files app. Then drag your files app to the side and create a split screen using your finger.

Drag Files App over to the right-hand side of the screen with your finger

Then select your custom usdz file and drag it into Reality Composer app using your finger again.

Drag usdz file into Reality Composer app

You can then scale and position the usdz file easily within the RC app.

Custom usdz file inside reality composer

Its super easy to build a complex 3D/AR Scene within minutes even without prior 3D modelling experience.

You can build complex scenes using your imported custom usdz files