Release Notes

released 2019-11-15
  • Create Lenses for Spectacles 3 - Use the Depth Setter component to enable realistic occlusion of AR objects when applied to videos shot on Spectacles 3! Additionally, we added an  API that provides you with the path traveled by the camera when the video was recorded.
  • Spectacles Path Template - Create a tunnel of objects based on your video's path.
  • Spectacles Depth Template - Send an object flying that will collide and react to surfaces in your video.
  • Improved segmentation quality
  • Improved object tracking quality
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements
released 2019-08-27
  • Skeletal Template - Skeletal tracking allows you to track content to people's head, neck, shoulders, elbows and hands. Ideal for registering content to people at a distance from the camera.
  • Face In Video Template - Track a user's face onto a video. Check out the template guide to learn about getting tracking data for your videos.
  • Hair Color Template - Modify your hair with simple controls. Choose between one or two colors, where the coloring is applied, and how it appears.
  • Countdown Template - Create Lenses that count down to specific dates and add celebratory 3D hats and glasses.
  • Portrait Particles Template - Customize particles that appear behind the user. Make it personal by adding your own custom message, headers, footers, and post-effects.
  • Makeup Template - Apply lip gloss, blush, eyeshadow and more. Optionally, export your makeup to use in other Lens projects.
  • New Landmarkers - New Landmarkers are popping up all over the world. Experiment with new locations like the Gateway of India and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and check the Landmarker downloads page for the full up-to-date list.
  • Redesigned Home Screen - Our new dynamic home screen shows you the most recent updates and news related to Lens Studio. 
  • Interactive new user tutorial - Our step-by-step tour makes creating your first Lens faster and easier than ever.
  • Improved Template page - Added categorization, template complexity level and detailed description for all templates
  • Added text backgrounds and text auto-resizing
  • Improved object tracking quality
  • UI tweaks and improvements
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements
released 2019-04-04
  • Pet Tracking Template - Track cat and/or dog faces to enable experiences made to order for our favorite canine and feline companions.
  • Hand Tracking Template - Hand tracking opens up all new possibilities for interactive Lenses. Use as a basic trigger or anchor content to the Screen Transform provided.
  • Body Tracking Template - Body tracking provides a bounding-box, ideal for registering content to people detected in the camera.
  • High Score Templates - The High Score templates demonstrate playable experiences built inside Lens Studio. They use new capabilities like User Context (for displaying the user’s name) and Persistent Storage (for saving a high score with the Lens).
  • Paper Head Template - Attach 2D textures to the face that animate in response to facial movements.
  • Cutout Template - Add moveable 2D images to the world that cast a shadow.
  • Landmarker Templates (Beta) - With new Landmarker AR technology, you are able to place 2D and 3D content onto a set of real-world landmarks. The templates show you how to place 2D planes on the buildings, position 3D objects relative to the buildings and even retexture their surfaces.
  • UI 2.0 Text - Text component adds support to Labels for resizing, word wrap and even dynamic strings – like the Snapchat user’s display name – with no scripting required.
  • UI 2.0 Image - Image component gives you the same familiar ease-of-use as Sprite and adds powerful support for pixel-perfect 2D layouts that look great on all devices.
  • UI 2.0 Screen Regions - Screen regions are like 2D containers that help you lay out Text and Images exactly as you want them to appear. Helpful presets – Safe Render, Full Screen, Capture and Preview – give you easy access to perfect Lens UI, unobstructed by Snapchat’s native UI.
  • UI 2.0 Screen Transform - The underlying building block for Screen Regions, Text and Images, power users and beginners alike can create, customize and even nest Screen Transforms to unlock simple-yet-powerful relationships between UI elements in the scene hierarchy. Screen Transforms give you total control over how your UI elements scale, move and adapt to changes in the parent.
  • UI 2.0 Persistent Storage - Persistent Storage lets you save data related to your Lens experience on users’ devices so they can pick up right where they left off the next time they launch your Lens. Unlock content, let users customize their experience, keep track of high scores…
  • Live & Capture Render Targets - Ever wanted to put overlays on screen that you don’t want recorded in Snaps? With separated Live and Capture render targets you can show one thing and record another. You now have the power to give users the context they need while still producing beautiful Snaps that they’ll want to share. Karaoke, anyone?
  • Script Behavior System - If you’re not a pro coder, or just sick of writing boilerplate Javascript, the Script Behavior system is for you. It makes adding simple but powerful interactivity to your Lens easier than ever by providing an intuitive UI right in the inspector panel. No scripting or coding required!
  • Visual Effects Library - Check out our awesome new materials, each with powerful custom controls, that let you create stunning visual effects without needing to worry about the details of a shader languages and hardware compatibility.
  • User Context System - Request real-time info about the Lens user to customize on-screen text, including user name, city, altitude, time, weather, temperature, birthday and more!
  • Device Simulation - Pop-out the preview panel to reveal realistic renders and screen simulations from a diverse set of devices. For sponsored Lens creators, you can toggle placeholders for the sponsored slug and call-to-action attachment button so you can avoid overlapping UI.
  • Lens Previews - Creating an interesting preview so users know what your Lens is all about is critical for engagement. Choose from a library of pre-recorded videos and images and Lens Preview does the rest, applying your Lens, recording a short sample and adding it to your project info. And when you want full creative control, you can still create your own previews from scratch.
  • glTF - Adding to our range of supported file types, you can now import glTF files directly into Lens Studio.
  • Optimization Tools - New measurement tools and UI shows your Lens’s size right where you need it: on the toolbar. Color coding and tips provide context so you can understand the trade-off between adding adding that high-res texture and potential impact on user engagement.
  • All changes in the public folder are synced with Resources panel on-the-fly
  • Improved resources’ undo/redo mechanism
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements
released 2018-12-12
  • Sunglasses Template - Create custom sunglasses! Simply tune your frame, lenses and reflection
  • Logo Controller - The Logo Controller is a new helper script used for placing a logo on the screen. It includes preset logo positions, enforces screen safe areas and adds padding for Snapchat UI elements
  • Added symmetrical mode for Face Liquify
  • AudioEffect - Exported objects with the AudioEffect component now import properly
  • Animated Textures - Fixed crashes related to importing textures
  • Animation Mixer - Fixed crash on Undo
  • Prefabs - You can now delete imported FBX/OBJ resources
  • Sprites - Fixed crash on sprite duplication
  • Fixed crash after applying prefab with Touch component
  • Fixed visual pivot editor in the inspector of Label component
released 2018-10-18
  • Marker Template - Adds content tightly tracked to an image marker. Includes pre-built marker animations
  • Marker with Snapcode Template - Unlock a marker experience from a Snapcode. The Snapcode will be tracked until the marker is found
  • Segmentation Template - Replace a segment of the camera with an image, tiled image or post effect coloring
  • Face Image Picker Template - Select a face from your camera roll and add it to an animated world object
  • Label - Lets you add dynamic text to your Lens experience
  • Audio Effect - Add audio effects to your Lens that are applied to the audio that the microphone recorded
  • Segmentation - Segmentation textures can be applied to a camera's input to show or hide certain areas of the scene
  • Marker Tracking - Adds the ability to track to a unique physical image
  • Image Picker and Face Image Picker textures - Allows you to get an image from your device's camera roll and use it as a texture
  • Prefabs - Create reusable Scene Objects that share common properties
  • Pin to Mesh - Allows you to attach one object to another object's mesh surface
  • Vertex Animation - Animate the individual vertices of an object
  • Tween System - Tween system integrated into Lens Studio with new features added
  • Icon Cropper - You can now easily crop and set your icon background color inside Lens Studio
  • 2D Scene, Multiple Object - You can now see and select from multiple objects in the 2D scene
  • 2D Scene, Rotation - Simply mouse over a 2D elements corner to rotate the object
  • 2D Scene, Snapping - Snap points for 2D tools that can be enabled / disabled
  • Template Categories - On the start screen, templates are categorized
  • Unified Manipulator Tool - Translate, Rotate and Scale all at the same time
  • FBX Import Options - Options to configure the 3D model import
  • Render Layer Visualization - Small icon in objects panel that represents object's render layer
  • Object Panel Views - You can now configure your objects panel to sort by render order and by assigned render layers
  • Sprite and Label Pivot - New helper buttons for assigning commonly used pivot positions
  • Record Preview - Ability to record a video from the Preview panel
  • Preview Videos - New preview images and videos for testing Marker experiences
  • GIPHY Add as Resource - Added ability to add just the resource from GIPHY
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements
released 2018-06-19
  • Default My Lenses window size increased
  • Scripts with invalid inputs crashed Lens Studio after preview reset
  • Preview was not working for some projects
  • Video rendering inside Lens Studio for macOS 10.10 and 10.11
released 2018-06-01
  • Fixed issue with running on unsupported Windows versions and GPUs
  • Fixed issue with adding video textures
  • Fixed issue with video texture autoplay setting when saving project file
released 2018-05-30
  • Native AR tracking support. With “Use Native AR” enabled in Surface tracking mode, tracking will be enhanced on compatible devices using the device’s native AR tracking capabilities, such as ARKit and ARCore. Tracking will fallback to Surface for all other devices
  • Camera gizmos in the Scene panel change depending on tracking mode
  • New World Template: Portal
  • New Face Template: Face in Picture
  • Automatic resize of Lens icon when it’s added in Project Info dialog
  • Validation of unsupported audio formats
  • Several new device aspect ratios for Webcam Preview
  • Validation of system requirements before Lens Studio starts. The app will show a warning if the system requirements aren’t met.
  • More precise Lens size calculation
  • Stability fixes for Undo
  • Lens is submitted as new after Save As
  • My Lenses window resizability fix
  • Various Windows stability fixes
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements
released 2018-04-30
  • Optimization of disk space usage
  • Various stability improvements on Windows
  • Fixed crash in optimization dialog for disabled objects
released 2018-04-17

Introducing Face Lenses in Lens Studio!

  • Face Lenses with a collection of Face Templates: Photo, Face Paint, Distort, 2D Objects, 3D Objects, Baseball Cap and Trigger
  • New Face effects: Face Mask, Face Stretch, Face Sprite, Face Liquify, Face Retouch, Face Binding, Heading Binding and Face Texture
  • New World Templates: Particles and Interactive Path
  • Smart Scene Toggle: Switches between 2D Scene and 3D Scene automatically based on object selected
  • Particles: A new object type that allows you to create and tune particles
  • Add From GIPHY: Add new Face Sprites, World Sprites and Billboards using animated resources from Giphy Stickers
  • GIF import: Drag and drop a GIF into the Resources panel to create an animated texture
  • Animation Mixer: You are now able to create animation clips and auto play the animation
  • Global Lighting: Environment map is stored globally on an Ambient Light object. Shadow density can be tuned globally as well on a Directional Light object
  • Post Effect Presets: Added a number of Post Effect textures in the Resources Panel for easy full screen coloring
  • Webcam Preview: Added the ability to preview your Lens using your computer's webcam
  • Preview: New preview images and videos for face
  • Tracking: Added scriptable support for setting a surface tracking target for better tracking performance
  • Copy / Paste Component: Components and their settings can now be copy and pasted
  • Find Usage: Right click the Resources panel to find the usage of a resource in the scene
  • Camera Select: Ability to select which camera the Lens will appear on in Project Info
  • Hints: New hints for face support and scriptable hints
  • Updates: Automatic Check for Updates
  • Resources: Added 'Show in Finder/Explorer...' right click option
  • Layout: Improved default layout which includes a larger Inspector panel
  • Add Object / Component / Resource / Preview Selection UI: The new selection prompt is searchable and elements can easily be favorited
  • 2D Scene UI: Various helper buttons and tunable settings moved to the button of the 2D Scene panel
  • Template Selection: Categorized by Face and World. Added links to each template's tutorial video and documentation
  • 2D Animation: Improved default settings for 2D animation importing for better resource optimization
  • Various FBX import issues
  • Frame tool selection issues
  • Reset tracking after changing preview video
  • Zoom for orthographic camera
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements
1.0.1 (Win) & 1.0.2 (Mac)
released 2018-03-02

1.0.2 update fixes an issue with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

1.0.1 includes a Fullscreen Template that makes it even easier to create 2D experiences, as well as bug fixes for improved stability.

  • FBX export from popular libraries including Mixamo
  • Added ability to multiselect the whole hierarchy in order to assign materials
  • Overall stability and performance
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite issue
  • Non-Latin characters in username and folders no longer cause instability on Windows
  • Fixed issues relating to duplicating top-level and empty objects
  • Improved handling of loss of Internet connection
  • 2D screen mode Snapchat UI layout adjustments
  • Restore volume on unmute
released 2018-02-05

This update includes a Fullscreen Template that makes it even easier to create 2D experiences, as well as bug fixes for improved stability.

  • FBX export from popular libraries including Mixamo
  • Added ability to multiselect the whole hierarchy in order to assign materials
  • Overall stability and performance
  • Non-Latin characters in username and folders no longer cause instability on Windows
  • Fixed issues relating to duplicating top-level and empty objects
  • Improved handling of loss of Internet connection
  • 2D screen mode Snapchat UI layout adjustments
  • Restore volume on unmute