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Create an Area Target
You do not need to download Vuforia Engine to create Area Targets.
1. Create a Vuforia Engine Developer Account
Before you can get started using Area Targets, you’ll need to create a Vuforia Engine Developer account.
2. Download a Target Generator
Area Targets used in Vuforia Studio experiences support scans made with one of the following:
At this time, Vuforia Studio experiences do not support Area Targets created from Leica or NavVis scans.
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iOS devices with inbuilt LiDAR sensors
When generating the Area Target, you must select the Legacy Dataset option in order for the Area Target to work properly in Vuforia Studio.
Matterport Pro2 Camera
You must use the 10.3 version of the Area Target Generator when creating Area Targets for Vuforia Studio.
3. Create the Area Target
As a Vuforia Studio user, you have unlimited Area Targets, but your initial Vuforia Engine Developer account is equipped with 20 to start. You will need to open a Technical Support case to generate more than 20 Area Targets.
You can create Area Targets using one of the following methods:
Create an Area Target Using the Vuforia Area Target Creator on an iOS Device
1. Open the Vuforia Area Target Creator app and log in with your Vuforia Developer Credentials.
2. Tap the green + icon to create a new scan and enter a name for your new Area Target.
3. Tap Start Scan.
4. Once you’re finished scanning the area, tap the Stop icon to finish the scan.
5. Tap Generate on the Generate Area Target window.
Be sure to select Legacy Dataset.
Create an Area Target from a Matterport Scan Using the Vuforia Area Target Generator
1. Log into the Vuforia Area Target Generator with your Vuforia Developer Credentials.
2. Click New Area Target from Matterport Scan.
3. Enter your Matterport token information.
For information about obtaining token information, see Retrieving Models with the Matterport™ API Token.
4. In the Create Area Target window, enter the following information:
a. Enter the unique ID for your scan in the Scanned Space field. You can find the unique ID of your scan by opening the scanned space from your Matterport™ account.
You can either copy the entire URL, or just the scanned space ID portion as illustrated and paste it into the Scanned Space field.
b. Enter a name for the Area Target in the Area Target Name field.
The name must not contain any spaces.
c. Browse to the location where you want to save your Area Target.
5. Click Create Area Target to generate an Area Target of your scan.
For more information, see Area Targets from Matterport Scans.
4. Obtain Your Output Files
Depending on the application you used to generate your Area Target, follow one of the procedures below to get your output file to the system where you are using Vuforia Studio.
All filenames are case sensitive.
Vuforia Area Target Creator (iOS)
1. Share your files to your Studio authoring machine.
a. From your scan, tap the Container icon (), and then swipe one of the Area Target datasets listed to the left.
b. Tap the Share icon next to the dataset you want to share.
c. In the new window, select your transfer method from Airdrop, OneDrive, Dropbox, mail, or other sharing methods supported by Apple.
From iTunes or a similar file explorer, navigate to the app’s AreaTargetData folder and copy the desired Area Target directory.
2. Once you’ve shared your Area Target, ensure that your <target_name>.zip file includes the following files:
<target_name>_navmesh.glb (optional for occlusion)
Area Target Generator (desktop)
1. Navigate to the location you entered when creating your Area Target.
The location defaults to: C:/Users/<username>/Documents/Vuforia Areas.
2. Create a .zip file named <target_name>.zip for the Area Target files. This .zip file should only include the following files:
<target_name>_navmesh.glb (optional for occlusion)
Upload your Area Target File to Vuforia Studio
Once you have your Area Target file on your system, you’re ready to include it in your Vuforia Studio experience.
For additional resources regarding Area Targets, see Area Target Troubleshooting and Additional Resources.