ZapWorks Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

ZapWorks

Development tools for creating Augmented Reality experiences

4.38/5 (8 reviews)

ZapWorks overview

What is ZapWorks?

ZapWorks is a dedicated platform solution designed to facilitate the broader adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) content creation. Its suite of online tools and SaaS-based pricing plans are deliberately pitched to meet the needs of novice makers at scalable levels from individuals, non-commercial users, businesses, educators to enterprises and app designers too. Promising an easier, entry-level approach with the richness of experience and robustness required, ZapWorks comprises the necessary authoring software for producing immersive and interactive short-form AR, Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) content experiences on handheld devices.

Supported by its own ZapWorks Studio IDE, content authors can manipulate genuine 3D objects and planes, using a live viewer to apply images, video and audio assets. Projects, either started from scratch or from template, are composed of nodes that can have sophisticated functionality and interactivity added via the editor's own JavaScript-based coding language. Projects are then compiled automatically and published to the cloud, generating "zapcodes" that when scanned by compatible smartphones render the live experience on screen. Additional zapcodes can be purchased and personalized with custom branding at enterprise level, while analytics capabilities also track user traffic to deliver trend data to dashboard. Alongside browser support on participating smartphone models, Zapworks is also supported by a companion Zappar mobile app for native zapcode scanning and AR rendering on iOS and Android devices.
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Pricing

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$45/month
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ZapWorks screenshot: ZapWorks Studio, shown here on macOS, is the platform's own IDE with all the tools for developing and publishing interactive 3D AR experiences from the desktopZapWorks: The AR, VR & MR content creation toolZapWorks screenshot: The opening screen of ZapWorks Studio with buttons for starting a new project or opening an existing oneZapWorks screenshot: The Zappar app for smartphones is available for free on iOS and Android platformsZapWorks screenshot: Users scan zapcodes with the camera on their mobile devices to view and interact with the rendered Augmented Reality (AR) experienceZapWorks screenshot: ZapWorks Studio offers a code viewer for writing scripts and adding interactivity to project nodesZapWorks screenshot: The 3D viewer panel within ZapWorks Studio allows image objects to be placed on 360-degree rotating planesZapWorks screenshot: A finished project is published to the ZapWorks servers, generating a zapcode that can be scanned to preview on a chosen mobile deviceZapWorks screenshot: The New Project dialog within ZapWorks Studio offers blank and 360-degree panorama templates, plus a number of example demos to choose fromIntroduction to ZapWorksZapWorks - App Embed Introduction

ZapWorks reviews

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Milenne Tanganelli

Zapworks is a really friendly AR tool, easy to use whatever skills and experience with AR.

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-05-16
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The fact that is user friendly. The interface is straight forward and you can build all the funcionality even if you don't know how to code. And of course, if you do then even better. What is really important is the support. 10 out of 10 when you have a question, the support team is brilliant and you always get the help you need.

Cons
I cannot think of a negative. I think the documentation can be improved with more practical tutorials. I have learned most of it from the tutorials so the more the better. Having said that the tutorials are really good, well explained and step by step making it very easy for anyone to follow.

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Destery Hildenbrand

Zapworks Studio is the Augmented Reality Rapid Prototyping tools you need

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-10-03
Review Source: Capterra

So far as an organization and contractor in the learning and development space Zapworks Studio has been a key addition to our development toolbox. We have started developing interactive experiences and more immersive training options for the learners and Zapworks has allowed us to enhance and expand on that. The ease of use to get started creating and the possibility of more advanced development through scripting makes this a valuable fit to our team. We have a wide range of coding experience between the group of developers and Zapworks studio allows for all of us to get involved at some level in the creation of training. If your looking to get started developing for AR Zapworks Studio is a great tool to use.

Pros
The existing resources and tutorials available by the Zapworks team and the forum of users willing to help get you up to speed. The Zapworks Studio tool is a great way to get into developing for Augmented Reality(AR) experiences through it's easy to use GUI and timeline features. This ease of use is highlighted in the fact that to start creating interactive AR experiences you don't even have to know any code.

Cons
When it's time to start doing extra things above and beyond the basics that involve scripting Zapworks Studio can be tricky. It's not for the faint of heart or beginning coder. If you have soem C# or Javascript background it will serve you well however the Zapworks hybrid script can still be challenging to get started with even with that background. From an experience point of view the more you come in with the easier a transition it is.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Frans Tihveräinen

Good and versatile AR production software

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-11-15
Review Source: Capterra

We offer custom augmented reality solutions to companies and cities and use ZapWorks as our publishing tool for AR.

Pros
ZapWorks is a very versatile and can be used for simple video-based augmentations as well as very complex and interactive 3D works. With Zappar, almost anything can be achieved one way or another and it is always great to see the wow-effect of augmented reality. ZapBox, a recent addition to the ZapWorks family increases this wow-effect even more. ZapWorks handles the software/infrastructure/cloud side of things very well and allows us designers to concentrate on only the fun part (=design & implementation!). ZapWorks is also reasonably priced and delivers serious bang for buck.

Cons
Some restrictions like flat target images (not round surface or 3d tracking) and the must to include the zapcode limit some possible use scenarios. Also the lack of dynamic lights in 3D is slightly challenging, but luckily textures can be baked to 3D-assets nicely.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Doesn't play nice in the sandbox

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The tool is very simple to use and most users, even non creative ones, can create an experience quickly.

Cons
Zappar's proprietary tools restrict the user from using industry standard formats. Zapworks allows users to create experiences easily but with extremely limited creative freedom. The end result is "AR Lite".

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Len Van Der Westhuizen

Fantastic, I'm loving it!

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-11-21
Review Source: Capterra

I come from a traditional Graphic Design for print background, incorporating a good amount of 3d Concept Visualization work for Point Of Purchase, Product and Visual Merchandising. Augmented Reality breathes new life into this field, and ZapWorks is helping me do just that.

Pros
I have to completely agree with other reviewers that ZapWorks is a highly versatile product. One can create anything from simple-to-implement 2d animations and videos to very complex, and intricate experiences incorporating 3d content and sound, from games to product visualizations and promotional experiences. Deep knowledge of scripting is not necessarily needed either, Zappar's growing online documentation and Customer Support is fantastic and will get you into building great experiences in no time.

Cons
As with all products of this nature and wide scope there is a bit of a learning curve, especially the more intricate the experience that you're building.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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ZapWorks pricing

Starting from
$45/month
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Free trial
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ZAPWORKS FOR PERSONAL (Non-commercial): 5 free experiences plus $1.50 per additional experience

ZAPWORKS FOR BUSINESS:
BASIC: $35 per seat, per month (paid annually, or $45/month paid monthly)
PRO: $99 per seat, per month (paid annually or $135/month paid monthly)
ENTERPRISE (Custom plan): Contact for pricing quote

ZAPWORKS FOR EDUCATION: $247 per year

APP EMBED: $8000 per year

ZapWorks features

Activity Dashboard
Drag & Drop Interface

API (41 other apps)
Analytics (26 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (13 other apps)
Data Capture and Transfer (29 other apps)
Data Extraction (27 other apps)
Data Filtering (15 other apps)
Data Import (14 other apps)
Data Import/Export (24 other apps)
Data Visualization (15 other apps)
Document Management (13 other apps)
Monitoring (15 other apps)
Multi-Language (29 other apps)
Real Time Data (15 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (13 other apps)
Secure Data Storage (16 other apps)
Sentiment Analysis (14 other apps)
Third Party Integration (30 other apps)
Workflow Management (18 other apps)

Additional information for ZapWorks

Key features of ZapWorks

  • Application development
  • Virtual reality
  • For education
  • 3D product visualization
  • For mapping
  • Object recognition
  • Unlimited zapcodes
  • Learning resources
  • Images, video & audio
  • Social links
  • Multiple scenes
  • Augmented reality (AR)
  • 3D models
  • 360 Panorama (VR)
  • Mixed Reality (MR)
  • Scripting
  • Timeline animation
  • Barcode scanning
  • Custom development
  • Customizable branding
  • Debugging
  • Mobile integration
  • Social media integration
  • Video support
  • Activity dashboard
  • Software development kit
  • Drag & drop object upload
  • Engagement analytics
  • Barcode generation
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Benefits

ZapWorks is a content authoring platform for creating and publishing immersive, interactive short-form AR, VR and MR content experiences for handheld devices.

Zapcodes, which can be customized to reflect enterprise business branding, are used to point compatible mobile devices and browsers to the published, cloud-hosted AR experience.

Each zapcode is tracked and has its own analytics in terms of user engagement that can be viewed within the platform's activity dashboard.

ZapWorks Studio is the platform's own integrated development environment (IDE) available for desktop, boasting a 3D viewer and code editor for its JavaScript-based scripting language.

The companion Zappar mobile app for iOS and Android allows users to point the device camera at a zapcode, Zappar-powered products or images in order to render the AR experience on screen.