PDF Portfolios in Manufacturing Companies

PDF Portfolio in Manufacturing?

As many of you may know, there is a clear trend in manufacturing to increase the use 3D design data, not just within engineering and manufacturing functions, but across the enterprise.  However, sharing 3D data, especially outside of technical areas and with suppliers, has been a challenge.   3D data is almost always accompanied by 2D data, often coming from numerous sources and in involving numerous formats.  We at Adobe have long recognized the need to ensure interoperability while simultaneously helping customers reduce the number of systems necessary to share data with customers or suppliers.  Adobe also recognizes the importance of outstanding presentation and ease of use.  How many emails have you gotten that look like this? (Hint: Look at all of the attachments you get to open… nice!)


Not only does  the PDF Portfolio solve this problem, it is still possible to include multiple file formats where they are needed.  So let’s get to it… click below to read on.

The Portfolio Explained

Okay, so what if that email I showed you had looked like this?

Much better?  Of course it is.  Now, maybe you are thinking “so he’s just created a single PDF… what’s the big deal.  Well, let me explain what the big deal is

Suppose when you opened the attachment, you saw this:

As you will see, this is intended to be part of an RFQ process.  Lets click on “get started” and see what happens.

You may need to look really closely to see, but there are Word, SWF, PPT and PDF files (some with 3D content) “embedded” in this PDF.  In the past, we offered something call a PDF package, which converted all of the files to PDF, and you can still work that way with Portfolios, but there are now several options.  This is one of the formats, by the way, that is included with Acrobat Pro Extended.  The various files are arranged and selectable in carrousel fashion.   Let’s select the PPT file and see what happens: 

After a couple of clicks, here is what happened.  I opened the PowerPoint file.  Of course, I needed to have MS Powerpoint on my laptop, but depending upon the workflow and permissions, I could even make changes to the file and save back to the Portfolio.  And look at this:

While the PPT file was open, it was labeled as open in the portfolio.  So in short, that is what a portfolio is.  Imagine how portfolios can address business challenges you may be having.  The sourcing process is just one great example of where you may be able to use them.  Oh yes, did I mention that I opened this in the Adobe Reader?  To learn even more about portfolios and other Acrobat Pro Extended features, click here.

Pretty cool I think!