Pacific Design and Manufacturing

The Adobe Manufacturing Team visited Anaheim, CA last week for the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show where we had the opportunity to speak with several hundred customers.  To all of you who stopped by to see us, Thank You!  This show seems to attract a high percentage of entrepreneurial firms.  Many of the companies we spoke with are already Adobe customers, and wanted to investigate how to better leverage our products in there day-to-day operations. We get lots and lots of questions, and I can’t answer them all here, but I want to discuss the ones that seem to surface over and over again.  These customer needs stood out at this show:

  • “I am growing my innovation network globally, and need to reach partners and customers in emerging regions.”
  • “I need to share all kinds of data, including 3D CAD, more effectively across the extended organization.”

And this question:

  • “How is this different than the visualization technology we already have (or are thinking about acquiring)?”

Read on to find out how we responded.

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SolidWorks World Thank You


I have just returned from the show in San Diego.   As always, this was a good show.  We had a chance to present some of our thoughts on trends in information sharing and collaboration for processes such as sourcing, new product development, marketing, production manufacturing and others.   We also had the chance to meet with many, many customers who told us stories about how they are.  That is always the best part of these shows.  We get lots of questions and also get a chance to learn how our customers are using our tools.   Read on to find out what we learned about collaboration, document sharing, interoperability and extending engineering data outside.

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News Flash and Hot Topics

So I get to escape the cold Midwest weather for a while.  We will be participating in SolidWorks World and Pacific Design and Manufacturing in Souther California during the weeks of January 20 and January 27.  I’ve included details below.

I also wanted to get out some news and reminders about the Acrobat 3D contest and recent price changes that you should know about.  Read below to see the details…

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Extending CAD Beyond Engineering

I have been working with many of our customers who have asked about how to get more out of their investment in 3D CAD and PLM.  This is going to be a “how-to” session on doing just that… I would like to show you how to better extend your 3D CAD assets outside of engineering and integrate the product development process across the extended enterprise.


Today we will pretend we work at a company called Global Corp. Imagine that you are the engineering lead for a project, and you must communicate technical information to suppliers.   I will show you how repurpose 3D content from virtually any CAD format, making it available cross-functionally, with suppliers and joint venture partners virtually anywhere.  In today’s scenario, I will show you how a technical specification created in an MS Office application can be combined with any 2D or 3D content and shared easily and securely across the enterprise.

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How Did You Get In a Batch of Trouble?

Do you have dozens of files to convert to PDF?   Maybe hundreds?  I recently spoke to a customer who had thousands of existing TIFF files that needed to be converted to PDF, before his company moved to 100% 3D PDFs for use by their sales force to show parts and assemblies to their customers.  Did you know you can do that with Acrobat 3D? 


Let me show you how to convert multiple files using the tools built into Acrobat.  To learn how, click the link below to read on.

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What is Adobe Doing Here?

One thing about doing business development for Adobe in Manufacturing is that I get to a lot of events and speak to tons of people.  It’s always interesting to speak to people.  We see more and more people who have tried our Acrobat 3D product and are really excited to talk about their experiences. Those are fun conversations, but they aren’t the only ones, for sure. Questions come from all sorts of places… like “what’s Adobe doing at a manufacturing show like this”.  Recently I was approached by Ken Rayment at a manufacturing show.  I think it was at National Manufacturing Week, in Chicago, but honestly, I’ve forgotten.  Anyway, Ken asked if I would be up to doing a podcast to explain what we were doing there.  I talked about global reach in the manufacturing space, and how we are helping customers to globalize.  Read on to see Ken’s summary and hear my thoughts.

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Time to Show Us What You’ve Got

Here’s a chance to show what you’ve got… we’ve got a contest for you.  Show us the things you have been able to do, and you could be among the winners.   Adobe is giving away some cool stuff to contest winners.  Read on to find out more. 

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<News from Adobe for Manufacturing>

Adobe made two announcements last week that will be of interest to engineering and manufacturing firms.  On September 25, Adobe Unveiled the Technical Communication Suite.  The Adobe® Technical Communication Suite software is a first-of-a-kind, integrated solution for authoring, managing, and publishing technical information and training content across multiple formats and languages including 3D content. 


On Friday September 28th  Adobe delivered a new developer site and program, which will be known as the Adobe Develop Connection or ADC.  The ADC is the next generation of what has been known as the Adobe Developer Center.  The ADC will serve as a portal for professionals who code web, desktop and mobile applications, interactive experiences as well as use our SDKs.  It includes technical articles, samples, code, as well as a way for developers to connect with each other.

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Adobe Manufacturing Early Fall 2007

There is nothing we like better than meeting with our customers.  Bring your business process and technical questions.  The Adobe Manufacturing Business Development Team will be on the road at several events meeting with customers. We have a lot to talk about and show you.  Read the full article to see where we will be and please plan to drop by.

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Acrobat 3D Enabled Innovation

Collaboration, which can be defined as working together in a shared context to produce a business result, is not a new concept.  In fact, when collocated, collaboration among work teams is natural.  Unfortunately, with constantly changing business models and mounting pressures for better products sooner, older ways of “collaborating” just don’t work.  Ubiquity, Interoperability and Intellectual Property Protection make Acrobat 3D work well, where other solutions fall short.

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