What is New at Adobe?
So, you may be asking yourself, where has Doug been? He hasn’t posted anything in a while. Well, I really have something to write about now. A week ago, Adobe announced Acrobat V9. The announcement includes Acrobat Pro Extended, which has had many industry analysts speculating about what Adobe was up to in manufacturing. Acrobat V9 comes in three flavors, Standard, Pro and Pro Extended. Acrobat Pro Extended is the new “home” for 3D PDFs created on the desktop. We also announced Livecycle PDFG 3D last week, a server based solution for batch generation of PDFs with 3D content. I am going to concentrate this article and several that will follow to some of the new features of these two essential manufacturing products. Today I’ll concentrate just on Acrobat Pro Extended.
New options for 3D PDF generation
First, lets get the questions about Acrobat 3D off of the table. There were sound business reasons for changing the name. We added awesome Flash autoring/integration, mapping (GIS) support, improved collaboration and many, many new features, so calling Acrobat Pro Extended (APEX for short) “Acrobat 3D” was far too limiting. Besides, readers of this blog know, the focus has always been about PDF in manufacturing; not just 3D PDF.
That said, there are several features our customers have been asking for regarding 3D annotations. The ability to do precise measurements, surface areas, volumes and physical properties topped the request list. So did balloon generation and BOM extraction. STL export is now supported as well. Tesselations can be done with user selected perameters such as chordal deviation. Annimations and exploded views can be developed using either the U3D format as in V8 or precise and tessellated PRC formats. The ability to do persitent measurements and callouts is now included. If you want to read more, here is a link to Adobe’s press release.
One of the things I fell in love with from day on was the concept of a PDF Portfolio. I will do a future article on how I see the portfolio being used in key workflows such as RFx. The portfolio is a Flash-enabled PDF package that can contain both PDFs and other file types that can be opened by the recipient, provided of course the recipient has an application to open the file. All the recipient will need is the Free Adobe Reader V9 to begin working with portfolios.
Above is an example of a portfolio with a carrousel user interface that allows previewing the content, no matter what the file types. This next screen shows a preview of a Flash video:
Here is a jpg file that was included:
So, are you getting any ideas about how this will work in your company?
As I said, I will have a lot more in comng days. Stay tuned.