Introduction to Augmented Reality with SightSpace 3D: a mobile viewer for Google SketchUp and the Google 3D Warehouse

AR LakeSightSpace 3D, a mobile application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, views Google SketchUp and Google 3D Warehouse files in .KMZ format (and also .KMZ files from Google Earth that are points, linestrings, polygons without holes). One of its best features is Augmented Reality* mode. With Augmented Reality, or AR for short, you can superimpose your digital SketchUp file onto the live camera feed and move the view in real-time. (View the process in action here and ArchiCAD users now have an AR workflow too.) I am going to cover how this process works (with a lot of screenshots) and what to do if you run into any glitches.
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SightSpace 3D V 1.2 Available: Google SketchUp iPad/iPhone viewer with Augmented Reality

AR Green BuildingI am pleased to announce that an update for our mobile SightSpace 3D viewer for Google SketchUp is now available on the iTunes App Store. SightSpace views Google SketchUp files in .kmz format on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. It also reads files from the Google 3D Warehouse and .kmz geometry from Google Earth (points, linestrings, polygons without holes). One of the most powerful features is Augmented Reality mode where any of these geo-located digital models can be overlain onto the live camera feed of the device (e.g. iPad 2, iPhone 4 or 4S) to directly interact with the model (walk through it, around it, view it to scale).

What’s New

  • Compatibility with devices running the newest iOS 5
  • The addition of an in-app help guide to answer the most common questions
  • Improved handling of Saved Views as Bookmarks
  • Convenient reload of last opened model – SightSpace will remember the last model when the app was closed and reload it upon opening
  • Some minor bug fixes and continued memory improvement

Any questions or comments? Email us at, call us at 877.663.3797, or visit our support page. You can also check out our tutorial videos on Youtube.