A look at Aurasma from the iPad:

The Viewfinder:

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Above: The first component that you'll run into when using the Aurasma app is the Viewfinder, it is responsible for recognizing the trigger images and showing the chosen overlay for the image. To exit this feature of Aurasma simply press the A on the bottom of the screen. From this screen you can also access the user guide which is in the top right corner.
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Exploring Auras:

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Above: A screenshot of the page given after pressing the bottom left icon in the main menu. This page allows you to check out auras made by channels that you're following along with default ones from Aurasma. It also gives you an option to filter the auras that you view (featured, viewed, etc.)

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Above: After tapping on an Aura in the Explore page you can access the channel in which the Aura came from. This screen will pop up and allow you to follow, like, and share the channel as well as look at other Auras created by the channel.

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Creating an Aura:


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Above: After pressing the icon directly to the right of Explore the page Create will pop up. This page allows you to create your own Auras. You can choose the trigger image(Textbook, etc.) and overlay (from the library or device). The trigger image is simply a picture(taken using the camera or camera roll) and the overlay can be a video or image from the camera roll or one from the Aurasma library. If you decide to use one from the Library you can search and even filter for the overlay you would like.

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Above: Capturing the trigger image is as simple as taking a picture. You can crop the image just like any other image. If location services are enabled you can even tag the location of where the trigger image is. Aurasma will also gauge the quality of the image and how well it will be recognized by the Viewfinder, green meaning good, yellow satisfactory, and red try something else.


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Above: This feature of Create allows the user to move and reposition the overlay using the four arrow icon. You can also rotate the overlay with the icon to the right


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Above: The final step in the creation of an Aura. This step allows you to name your Aura, choose whether it's public or private(public meaning everyone can see it if searched, and private only followers of you channels can view it), and if set up with an account add it to your channel.





Searching Auras:


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Above: When trying to find Auras that a friend or teacher made you can easily search for them with the search feature. It allows you to search for a channel or for a specific Aura. You can also search Auras by location using the icon circled in the top right corner.


Profile:


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Above: After tapping on the icon in the bottom right corner you will be able to access the profile used in Aurasma. This page contains the channel(s) that you are following, the Auras that you have created(public and private), along with the information of your account(email, password, etc.).


Now Aurasma/ Aurasma Studio from the desktop:



My experience when using Aurasma Studio from the desktop is that it is much easier to create and


share Auras than on the iPad. However, after the Auras are completed it makes much more sense to


use the iPad to show and explore, simply because of its portability.


Home Screen:


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Above: The home page that you will be directed to once you have logged into your account. This page will allow you to create new Auras, browse and search for the Auras of others and also access account settings.

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Above: Another thing that you can access from the home screen is your Assets. This menu located to the right of explore in the middle of the page contains all the trigger images as well as the overlays that you have uploaded.


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Above: Beside the Assets menu there is a menu called My Auras. This page simply allows you to look back at all of the Auras that your account has created, both Public and Private.



Creating Auras:

The key difference between the two methods of creating Auras is that the iPad doesn't allow you to put in pdf files, word files, etc. However, when using the iPad to create an Aura you do have access to the camera which you do not with the desktop. Having this capability is very useful because you can easily capture video and then load it into an Aura.

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Above: The first step in making an Aura is to choose a trigger image. This involves uploading an image from your computer or selecting one from your Assets. Similar to the iPad version you also have the ability to crop and move around the trigger image.


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Above: Similar to trigger images you must also choose an overlay to pair with the trigger image. This can be accomplished by uploading a file or selecting one from your assets. After uploading an overlay the toolbar circled will pop up. It will allow you to do a variety of things to the overlay including zoom in and out, resize, etc.

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Above: To finish your Aura you must give it a name. You can preview the Aura which will show what it looks like as well as add Hashtags if you would like. But the most important steps in finalizing your Aura is to save the Aura and press the share icon as this will allow you to publish the Aura so that others may see it.

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Above: Lastly, after publishing an Aura you always have the option to go back and edit any element of the Aura whether it be the trigger, overlay or the name. Other features located in the same place are the duplication tool and the delete button.