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Updating Effects Made in Older Versions of Spark AR Studio

Effects made in older versions of Spark AR Studio need to be updated and resubmitted to Spark AR Hub so they work properly and keep appearing in Instagram, Facebook and other supported platforms.

Effects will continue to work during the first six months following the release of the version of Spark AR Studio you used to create the effect. After this six month period, there is no guarantee that your effect will still work.

For example, If you created an effect in v112 of Spark AR Studio, released on April 12 2021, your effect will only be supported until October 12, 2021, regardless of when you published the effect.

If an effect needs to be updated you’ll get an email or notification on Facebook, and see a warning in Spark AR Hub.

How to update an effect depends on whether it was last saved in v55 of Spark AR Studio or below or in v56 or above.


If your effect was last saved in v55 or below

Later versions of Spark AR Studio are available on both macOS and Windows. Because Spark AR Studio is updated regularly, these new versions are different from early macOS-only releases. This means you’ll need to follow some extra steps to update effects made in v55 or earlier.

To do this:

  1. Open the effect in a macOS-only version of Spark AR Studio that’s v56 or later. You can download one here under Older versions of Spark AR Studio (macOS-only version).
  2. Fix any problems.
  3. Save the effect.
  4. Open the effect in the most recent version of Spark AR Studio.
  5. Save the effect again.

The effect will now be updated. Next you’ll need to export it and submit it to Spark AR Hub.

If your effect was last saved in v56 or above

Once you've updated to the most recent version of Spark AR Studio, check your effect still works and fix any issues.

To do this:

  1. Open the effect in the most recent version of Spark AR Studio.
  2. Fix any issues.
  3. Save the effect.

The effect will now be updated. Next you’ll need to export it and submit it to Spark AR Hub.

Exporting and submitting the effect to Spark AR Hub

After you’ve updated an effect you’ll need to and submit the new version for review in Spark AR Hub.

You do this by going to Spark AR Hub, selecting Update and replacing the effect file with the new version. Learn how to update published effects.

We'll review the updated effect to make sure there aren't any issues to address. You won't be able to edit the effect during this time. The previous version of your effect will still be available in the camera until the new version is accepted.

Spark AR Policies may have changed since you first published the effect. Learn more about our policies.

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