The Big Day

The day has finally arrived

Yesterday was a big day for Adobe and more importantly our customers. Acrobat 3D Version 8 is now available After months of anticipation and sneak previews, the day has finally arrived when you can have the same software we will be presenting and demonstrating. We want to let everyone know how excited Adobe is to get the shipping version in our customers hands. We really believe this major release will dramatically improve user productivity and enable new workflows.

Read on for more information about version 8 and other news…


The Day has finally ArrivedYesterday was a big day for Adobe and more importantly our customers. Acrobat 3D Version 8 is now available (http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200705/053007Acrobat3DShips.html ). That means that when we head back out on the road next week to the PTC User World Show in Tampa (http://www.ptcuserworldevent.com ) we’ll be talking about a product that is “on the selves”. After months of anticipation and sneak previews, the day has finally arrived when you can have the same software we will be presenting and demonstrating.I will be speaking at the conference on Monday, early afternoon. My topic is “Leverage Acrobat3D and PDF to Bridge the Collaboration Gap Through More Secure CAD Data Exchange and Interoperability”. The pre-release phase has been fun, but I am really looking forward to this show. We want to let everyone know how excited Adobe is to get the shipping version in our customers hands. We really believe this major release will dramatically improve user productivity and enable new workflows.Here are a few of the highlights:• Version 8 includes industry leading compression technology that can create ultra compact 3D PDF’s that can be easily transmitted through email. V8 supports large assemblies, provides the capability to store precise CAD Geometry in a 3D PDF, export to STEP for Acrobat 3D, PMI support, PRC support, enhanced U3D support just to name a few enhancements.• The PDF format is even more powerful than before. Now PDF includes support for 3D model based definition such as precise geometry, metadata and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI), high compression technology. PDF can now be used for long term archiving of CAD data since it can contain precise CAD geometry.• Perhaps the most frequent question asked is what CAD formats are supported? Acrobat 3D Version 8 supports conversion to 3D PDF from over 40 formats, including those for Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, PTC Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, and UGS NX and I-deas. Here is the answer: www.adobe.com/go/a3d_supportedformats.• The new Adobe Reader 8.1, which will be released on June 5, will enable users to have access to PMI and metadata, enhanced sectioning & measurement tools, stronger and easier-to-use navigation tools. Performance will be even better.Temporary AdvisorySince Reader 8.1 will not release until 6/5, only Acrobat 3D V8 users will be able to open newly created 3D PDF’s (created w/PRC) until Reader 8.1 ships. As a result, we are taking measure to inform prospects of this news on critical areas of the Acrobat 3D V8 web site.Want to try it?It’s easy. Just go to the Acrobat 3D home page (http://www.adobe.com/acrobat3D) to see the new features, download a 30-day trial or see some of the reviews from the press.What questions do you have?At every event we attend we get several questions. For example, at a SolidWorks event earlier this year, a common question was “how does this compare to eDrawings”? The short answer, by the way is that we support different use cases, such as extending collaboration and combining disparate document types into PDF’s and PDF bundles. For a more complete answer see Jim Merry’s Blog at http://blogs.adobe.com/mfg/. As I mentioned earlier, the question of supported formats surfaces a great deal. We are starting to hear from more and more customers who have been using Acrobat 3D to develop animations, order forms and work instructions. So, now that V8 is on the street, what questions do you have?