Carlton Books : Books Come Alive



Augmented reality (AR) software mixes the real and the virtual worlds together, so that a computer with a webcam can bring books to life with amazing 3D animations. 

I don’t have a copy of the book, can I try AR without buying the book?
Yes, click here to download the software and see a demo    

What do I need to do to be able to see the Augmented Reality?
To run the augmented reality successfully you will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements a webcam, and the software which is either on the cd inside your book or available for download from this site.  

Will it work on my computer? I have a PC?
You will need:

  • A webcam
  • CPU – Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHZ or above or AMD equivalent
  • RAM – 1GB memory
  • Graphics card – Nvidia GeForce FX series or above/ATI Radeon X series or above/AMD G series chipset or above/ Intel 900G series or above
  • PC Operating System: Windows XP SP2 or above, Windows Vista, Windows 7 

How do I find out if my PC has the right specification?

Right click on My Computer and left-click on Properties.
NOTE: As this is new technology this may not work on older specification computers. 

Will it work on my computer? I have an Apple Mac?
You will need:

  • A webcam
  • CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHZ or above
  • RAM – 1GB memory
  • Graphics card – Nvidia Display
  • Macintosh Operating System: Mac OS 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 

How do I find out if my Apple Mac has the right specification?

Click on the apple in the top left hand corner of your screen and choose About This Mac, this will show you your processor speed, to find out about your graphics card click on More Info and the choose Graphics/Displays
NOTE: As this is new technology this may not work on older specification computers. 

I've checked and I have everything I need. Now what do I do?
Some books carry a disc - the disc contains the software that will allow your computer and webcam to recognize and display the Augmented Reality parts of the book. For books that do not carry a disc all you need to do is download the software.  Follow the simple instructions found at the front of the book.   


For the best Augmented Reality experience, avoid having too much light reflecting on the page. 

Always try and keep the AR trigger – (the page or trigger card) in view of the webcam, if you move it away too far out of view it will lose the link to the software and you will have to start again. 

Try turning or tilting the page/trigger card to get a different view. You can get really close to the action by holding the page/trigger card closer to the webcam - depending on your webcam, most AR pages can go as close as 10cm. Experiment with distance to find the best experience. 

Make sure your speakers are turned up loud! 


A lot of problems can be resolved by ensuring you have the correct minimum specification on your computer. 

Older computers may run slower than newer computers, and take more time to install and start, but once working they will work just as quick. Most computers with the correct specifications should take less than a minute to install the software, but a few may take longer. 

I have the minimum specification but my software won’t install. What should I do?
If you have other software programs running try turning them off and installing again. You may also find it will help if you download the software directly onto your hard drive rather than opening directly from the disc. 

My software has installed and the program starts up but I can’t activate the Augmented Reality. What should I do?
Ensure that the special AR page or trigger card is well lit but be careful not to catch too many bright reflections. When all of the AR page or trigger card is in view, try slowly moving it closer to the webcam. 

I can get the AR animations to appear on screen, but they keep disappearing. What should I do?
Try the following: don’t make sudden movements when holding the book or trigger card in front of the webcam, avoid too much light reflection on the page or the card, change the distance between the page or the trigger card and the webcam, or tilt the book or trigger card so that it faces the webcam more. 

Can I view the animations more closely to see the details?
Yes - try moving the book/trigger card closer to the webcam. 

Can I view the animation from different angles?
On some animations, yes - experiment by rotating and tilting the book/trigger card. 

How can I view the animations at full screen?
Try clicking the green button on your screen 

How can I close the AR screen?
Try clicking the red cross on your screen or by pressing the ESC key on your keyboard. 

Should I expect to hear sound when I watch the animations?
Yes – check that your computer is not set to mute and that the volume is not turned down. 

I have a copy of the book and a webcam but my computer doesn’t have a disc drive. How do I get the software?
You can download the software from here: PC | Mac

Have you lost or are having problems with the cd?
Download your software from here
PC | Mac

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