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Apple releases new Reality Converter app for macOS

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What you need to know

  • Apple has released its new Reality Converter app for macOS.
  • It will allow developers to convert, view and customize USDZ 3D objects on Mac.
  • USDZ files are used to help produce content for augmented reality.

Apple has released its new Reality Converter app for macOS on its developer website.

The release notes state:

The new Reality Converter app makes it easy to convert, view, and customize USDZ 3D objects on Mac. Simply drag-and-drop common 3D file formats, such as .obj, .gltf and .usd, to view the converted USDZ result, customize material properties with your own textures, and edit file metadata. You can even preview your USDZ object under a variety of lighting and environment conditions with built-in IBL options.

USDZ files are used in augmented reality to add computer-generated to content to real environments. With this new Reality Converter, developers will have more tools available to integrate 3D content into their apps. The app is designed to be used with Apple's Reality Composer, which is where developers can create the initial content.

Apple announced both tools as part of its RealityKit at WWDC in June of 2019.

The new Reality Converter app for macOS is available from Apple's developer website now! (opens in new tab)

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.