It’s a brand new year, and time to take a look at some of what is next for Corona Renderer and VR!
Read what’s next for Corona and VR!
As you know, the Corona Renderer team developed the rendering side of things, allowing warp points to be embedded directly into the 3D scene using the Warp Helper object. Meantime, for the content delivery side of things, third party company theConstruct created the mobile app and it’s associated functionality.
theConstruct also develop theViewer, a VR application that works on mobile and desktop. After serious thought, it has been decided that theConstruct developing two programs side-by-side that offer very similar functionality was making it harder for them to develop new functionality than it needed to be. Not only that, but CoronaVR did some things that theViewer did not, and theViewer did some things that CoronaVR couldn’t do – such as embedding tours in your webpages like 565 Broome from The Boundary shown below:
To resolve this, both applications will be merged into one, with the extra functionality offered in CoronaVR (primarily, the ability to sync renders through the use of Google Drive) becoming part of theViewer in the future.
This will also expand the functionality of your VR renders from Corona, giving access to things like the shared experience, customization options, the ability to view your projects via a web browser, the ability to include audio, or include 360 video – all of which are already part of theViewer so you can start using those right away!
As a last benefit, it also clarifies that the Corona team do not develop the mobile app, so that people know who to contact for support, something that may not have been so clear before.
This means that there will be no new sign ups for CoronaVR, and instead you should sign up at theViewer. Those of you who already use the CoronaVR app can continue to use it as-is, though there will be no further development for that app and functionality will be locked-in at where it is today.
The pricing is in line with what we always planned for CoronaVR, so no change there! If you want to sign up for one of theViewer’s paid plans, there is a 20% discount for Corona users available from now until Feb 2018, simply use code VRSTART18 at theViewer’s checkout!
This change immediately expands the functionality you have available when rendering for VR from Corona Renderer and lets you deliver richer experiences to your clients right away, as well as simplifying future development and clarifying which company handles which aspect of creating and delivering VR experiences to your clients.
theConstruct and the Corona team