Working with Projects

In this article:

  • Understanding Projects
  • Creating a New Project from Scratch
  • Creating a New Project from a Template
  • Opening an Existing Project
  • Renaming a Project
  • Deleting a Project
  • Leaving a Project as a Collaborator

Understanding Projects

project in Torch AR is a container for your AR design work, not unlike a file that contains your word processing work or a mug that contains your morning coffee. In the strictest sense, a project consists of one or more scenes connected by a World Anchor. As you design with Torch AR, you will add scenes to projects and objects to scenes. 

First things first, you need to be in a Torch project before you can start designing. Fortunately, Torch wastes no time getting you there. When you open the Torch app and log in, Torch welcomes you with a brief tour of the that app menu and project list.  

Torch saves your project work to the cloud automatically—no need to look for a Save button. All your projects are available to you each time you log in to Torch on a compatible device.

When you shift focus from designing on one project, you can open an existing project or create new one. You can create a new project either from scratch or using a template. The following sections walk you through working with your Torch projects.

Creating a New Project from Scratch

You can start a new, empty project at any time. The number of projects you can create is limited only by the capacity of the cloud.To start a new project from scratch, follow these steps:

  1. If your Torch screen reads “Projects” in the upper left corner, you're in the Projects List section of the app menu. 
  2. If you are in the design environment of a project, finish setting the World Anchor before navigating to the app menu by tapping the gear icon in the lower left corner. This will take you to the Project Details of the project you were working on. Return to your Projects List by tapping projects in the upper left corner or tapping on the projects icon in the bottom navigation of the app.
  3. Tap the Create New Project pill at the top of the menu. Torch prompts you to provide a name for the project
  4. Select New Blank Projects. Upload or select a project thumbnail (if you don't, a random image will be selected for you). Enter a name then tap check mark in the upper right corner to Save. You can edit the project image, name or delete the project at any time by tapping the Details action button located below the "Open in AR" button.

  5. Tap back to Projects in the upper left corner or tap the Projects icon in the bottom navigation if you want to return to the Projects List; otherwise, tap the blue "Open in AR" button. Torch opens the new project in Design mode. Now you are ready to create a new Torch design from scratch.

Creating a New Project from a Template

Torch provides several project templates as an easy way to create a new project that already has some scenes and objects set up for you.

Note: When you create a new project from a template, changes you make in your new project will not affect the template. Your project is a copy of the template. Templates are a great way to experiment with features without risking work in your existing projects. You can always start over again with a new project from the template.

To create a new project from a template, follow these steps:

  1. If your Torch screen reads “Projects” in the upper left corner, you're in the Projects List section of the app menu. Tap the Create New Project pill at the top of the menu. Torch offers a variety of templates to choose from. Select a template and 
  2. If you are in the design environment of a project, finish setting the World Anchor before navigating to the app menu by tapping the gear icon in the lower left corner. This will take you to the Project Details of the project you were working on. Return to your Projects List by tapping projects in the left right corner or tapping on the projects icon in the bottom navigation of the app.Tap the arrow in the upper right corner of the screen. The Project Templates menu opens, and a list of available templates appears.
  3. Scroll down to find the template you want to use to start your new project. Once a templated is selected, Torch prompts you to provide a name and project for the project.

  4. Tap "Attributions Credit" to view attributions and credits for the assets included in the template.
  5. Tap "Open in AR" to open the template project in AR. After a moment, Torch opens the template project in the design environment and prompts you to scan for surface features and set the World Anchor.
  6. Tap the X if you want to cancel and return to the Project Details and the app menu; otherwise, set the anchor as requested. Torch places you in the default scene of the template you've chosen. 

Tip: If you're working in the design environment and need to quickly access Help, update your Preferences or any of the app menu: Tap the gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen. This will take you back to your current Project Details. If you look in the upper right corner, you'll notice the Torch PIP, a direct link back to your AR project from anywhere in the app menu. At any time you can jump directly back into designing by tapping the the PIP. Once you open another project from the project list though, the PIP will disappear because you have opened a different project.

Tip: Creating a new project from the Torch Overview template is a great way to introduce Torch to friends, family and coworkers. With their own copy of the tutorial, they can explore and experiment without creating an account or modifying any of your projects.

Tip: See something you like in a template project? You can copy objects (with their interactions) from template projects and paste them into your own projects. If the interaction between objects interests you most, you can copy the objects from the template project, paste them into your project, then use the replace asset feature to give those objects a whole new look!

Opening an Existing Project

To open a project created by you or shared to you by another designer, follow these steps:

  1. If your Torch screen reads “Keep scanning for more surface features” or “Aim you device at a spot on the surface to get started,” finish setting the World Anchor before continuing.
  2. If you are in the design environment of a project, navigate to the Project List by tapping the gear in the lower left corner. 
  3. Return to the Projects List by tapping projects in the upper left corner or tapping on the projects icon in the bottom navigation of the app. The Project List can be searched or filtered using the search bar. Each project card includes, from left to right:
    • Project image
    • Project name
    • Creator name
    • Heart denoting this project is a "Favorite"
  4. Project cards are sorted in chronological order of last update, most recent to least recent. 

  5. Scroll to find the card for the project that you want to open and tap it. Torch opens the project details where you can open the project in ar, edit details, create a copy of the project, or publish your project. 

Renaming a Project

You can change the name of any project you own by following these quick steps:

  1. If your Torch screen reads “Keep scanning for more surface features” or “Aim you device at a spot on the surface to get started,” finish setting the World Anchor before continuing.
  2. If you are in the design environment of a project, navigate to the Project List by tapping the gear in the lower left corner. 
  3. From the Project List, tap the desired Project. Tap Details action button below the Open in AR button. Select the name field and type a new name. Tap Done to hide the keyboard, then Save (or Cancel). 
  4. Caution: Take care not to tap Delete Project. This will delete your project.
  5. Torch saves the new name and returns you to the Project Details.
  6. Note: You cannot rename a project that has been shared to you by another designer. These are indicated in your Projects List by with a gray background (instead of blue).

Deleting a Project

Caution: Once a project is deleted, it cannot be restored. Deleting a project also deletes all scenes, assets, objects, and interactions within that project. If you delete a project unintentionally, contact Torch Support—we may be able to restore it (no guarantees).

If you want to permanently delete a project that you own, follow these steps:

  1. If your Torch screen reads “Keep scanning for more surface features” or “Aim you device at a spot on the surface to get started,” finish setting the World Anchor before continuing.
  2. If you are in the design environment of a project, navigate to the Project List by tapping the gear in the lower left corner. 
  3. From the Project List, tap the desired Project. Tap Details action button below the Open in AR button. 
  4. Tap the red button labeled Delete Project. A warning modal will ask you if you are sure you would like to delete your project. Tap Delete Project to permanently delete the project.

Leaving a Project as a Collaborator

You can remove a project that has been shared to you from your Project List. To leave a project as a collaborator:

  1. If you are in the design environment of a project, navigate to the Project List by tapping the gear in the lower left corner. Tap 
  2. From the Project List, tap the desired Project. Tap Details action button below the Open in AR button. 
  3. Tap the red button "Remove Project" A warning modal will ask you if you are sure you would like to remove the project from your Project List. Tap Remove Project to permanently remove the project. This does not delete the project, it simply removes you as a collaborator. If you would like to regain access to the project, the project owner will have to add you you again as a collaborator.

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