Aquarium Plan AR by John Ostler (iPhone)
Released: Aug 3, 2018
Version: 1.0
Size: 174 MB
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Aquarium Plan AR

John Ostler
Using the magic of augmented reality, now design, customize, and preview aquariums for your house, office, or place of fishy business. Aquarium Plan AR was created to solve three key issues all aquarists face.

1. Will my new tank fit in my room?
2. Does the placement of my aquarium work with my furnishings?
3. Can I convince my family to let me start an(other) aquarium :-D

Aquariums are expensive to ship, laborious to install, and once they are filled with water they do not move. It is CRITICAL that we have every tool possible to make sure we avoid any potential headaches.

20 years ago, I used cardboard and tape to make mockups of my future/dream aquariums. It wasn't just the tank fitting in the space, it was the viewing height, depth and making sure I didn't need a chair to do maintenance. That strategy evolved over time to include Photoshop mockups to fake the look of a tank in a room. It was fun but it took a ton of time and if I wanted to see another size aquarium or angle that meant hours and hours at the computer and never getting a feel for how the aquarium was really going to look.

Aquarium Plan-n-AR (see what I did there) allows you to quickly and easily create an aquarium of any dimensions, add a stand of any height, fill it with some okay-looking saltwater or freshwater fish and aquascape (classic 1.0 stuff) and place it in your room using the magic of augmented reality. Use it to make pico aquariums, nano aquariums, reasonably big aquariums, and big fat juicy dream tanks the size of your room!

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE DOWNLOADING: Rooms with low lighting or surfaces with reflections will produce mixed or inaccurate results. Try moving the camera around the room slowly so to get most accurate surface measurements. The app is looking for textures to help it find surfaces. I sometimes need to try to place the aquarium 2 or 3 times at different angles to get an accurate scale. The technology is only getting better so I hope to improve the accuracy and speed of the app over time.

THE FUTURE! More features are coming to allow you to plan your aquariums even better. As with my other aquatic apps, I update them often as feedback is provided. I needed this app as much as you guys do, so I'll continue to work on it until it's perfect.
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