ThingstAR integrates lots of great features, so I can only highlight my favorites here. Be sure to check out the app, it is really good! Really Really!
Place your favorite things in your physical environment using Augmented Reality. Move, scale and rotate them with your fingers.
You can easily share models with your friends. The models are shared as usdz files that can be viewed on all AR-capable iOS devices.
You can also bookmark your favorite things, making them available through the quick access menu (just tap the boat in the top left corner).
A beautiful light and dark theme make exploring even more fun. The theme automatically adjusts to your system setting.
Take photos of your AR arrangements and save them to your photo library.
Import your own 3D models and inspect them in real world. You can also take photos or share them as usdz files with other iOS users.
Answers to most common questions.
As ThingstAR relies heavily on ARKit it is only available on AR capable devices. The following devices are currently supported:
There are two main reasons for this to happen. Either the app doesn't have the permission to write to photos. In this case go the settings app and open the settings menu for ThingstAR. Here you need to allow write access to photos for screenshots to be saved. The other reason may be that the photos app has no albums, then you just need to open the photos app and create one.
It is likely that the app doesn't have permission to use the camera, which is needed for the AR view. Go to the settings app and open the settings menu for ThingstAR. Then allow camera access to discover AR models in your environment.
Unfortunately no. Depending on your device and iOS version it is possible that large 3D models crash ThingstAR, when opening the AR view. I tried to fix this in many different ways, without any luck so far. So please be aware of this issue.
As the feature set of ThingstAR is heavily based on ARKit, which is not available on Android, it is not very likely that there will be an Android version anytime soon.
ThingstAR uses the Thingiverse API to search and download things and related files. But there may be temporary service interuptions (downtimes) to the API due to infrastructure upgrades or server issues. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about that. Please try again later.
The answer is a clear: Maybe. It basically depends on the amount of models, quality of the service and if it offers an open API. If there is a real additional value to the app (and its users), I will definitely check it out!