Apple today informed developers of the release of the new Reality Converter app, which is designed to help users convert, view, and customize USDZ 3D objects on Macs. Users can drag and drop common 3D file formats such as .obj, .gltf and .usd into the Reality Converter application, which then provides converted USDZ results, which can then be edited and customized.
Developers can modify the resulting file by customizing material properties with new textures, editing metadata, and so on. In addition, with the built-in IBL option, which previews the generated 3D objects in a variety of lighting and ambient conditions, the IBL option is a useful tool for evaluating in augmented reality space.
Apple introduced the open AR file format USDZ as part of iOS 12 in 2018, a USD container file format based on 3D imaging, animation and AR/VR work developed with Pixar.
USDZ is a “zero compression” zip file for USD files, and compatible software (such as Apple’s Quick Look) aggregates USD layer files in a given package to render a 3D scene, combining multiple separate files to form a continuous, larger aggregation.
Apple implements USDZ through Quick Look in built-in iOS apps such as Safari, Messages, Mail, News and Notes, a feature that can display rendered virtual objects in 3D or AR.
The Reality Converter app is currently in beta and can now be downloaded from the Apple developer website.