And the Difference is: "As Well As"

I often get asked how Acrobat 3D compares to the various view and markup tools on the market like Autodesk’s DWF Viewer, Solidworks’ eDrawings, Siemen’s JT2Go and VisView.  Porkka, an international company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial refrigeration products, has chosen to deploy Adobe Acrobat 3D in multiple business processes and their use of Acrobat 3D and PDF really highlights the differences between Acrobat 3D and the various view and markup tools available today. The difference can be condensed to the simple yet powerful phrase “as well as“…

The following is an excerpt from the Porkka customer testimonial just released and available via the Adobe website:

Porkka will use Adobe Acrobat 3D to convert design documents created in Autodesk AutoCAD, as well as engineering project documents created in other applications, to platform-and application-independent Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The Adobe PDF files can be shared among review teams and incorporated into user manuals, marketing collateral, and technical data sheets.”

While the main area of overlap between Acrobat 3D and view and markup tools lies in their ability to distribute 3D geometry and 2D drawings while leveraging a low/no cost viewer, it is Acrobat 3D’s ability to convert 3D content as well as combine it with other project information to create a single compound PDF document, complete with security options like encryption, digital certificates and digital signatures that sets Acrobat 3D in a class by itself. 

The differences are sharpened considerably when one takes into account the multiple options for customization provided by Acrobat 3D via its robust SDK and Javascript APIs – anyone can use the Javascript interface of Acrobat and/or the free developer SDK to create custom behaviors that can be attached to document entities or 3D geometry stored in PDF. Developers can also access the 3D geometry, metadata and PMI for extraction and reuse in their applications via APIs and format specifications. Information on the Acrobat 3D SDK, javascript interface and other APIs can be found the developer area of the Acrobat 3D website here.

The capability to create compound PDF documents and then customize everything from the PDF document, the interface of Acrobat and the free Reader via Javascript and the Acrobat SDK enables companies like Prokka to leverage PDF in areas like design review as well as user manuals, marketing collateral and technical data sheets.

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