How to create 3D markups in 3D Reviewer?

There is a 3D markup creation tool in 3D Reviewer that sometimes can be quite useful and complementary to the 3D commenting tool available in Acrobat. In this article we will guide you through the basic steps to create and edit 3D markups then publish them to PDF.

Start by opening a new model in 3D Reviewer, and create a new configuration of your choice. We will use this configuration to save the 3D markups we are about to create.

Next, select the 3D Markup tool from the menu by going to ‘Tools>3D Markup’.


A new dialog box will open up like the one below. Type in the text of your markup in the upper box, then click on the part of your choice in the viewport, where you want to attach this 3D Markup, and finally move the mouse where you would like to place the 3D markup and click in the background. Closing the dialog box will save the 3D markup to the current active configuration.

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First, you will notice that the 3D markup stays persistent as you rotate your model and will always display parallel to the screen. Second, if you click on the ‘Initial configuration’, then click again on the ‘New configuration’, you will notice that the 3D markup has been saved only to the ‘New configuration”. Finally, note that you can access these markups directly from the model tree under the Annotations>Mark-up node.



If you need to edit the markup, you can do so by clicking on the markup in the viewport or in the model tree, then right-click and select Edit to change the text or Edit Markup Font to change its appearance. You also have the option to select Move, if you would like to change the placement of the markup.



There are a few additional things we would like to teach you now, that are not available using the 3D Comment tool in Acrobat. For instance, you can add multiple anchor points to a 3D markup and you can also create multi-segments leader lines in order to better control the placement of the markup. Here are the steps to follow for trying out these two options:

  1. Click on the 3D Markup icon to open the 3D Markup dialog box 3DMarkups_4.png
  2. Type in the text of your markup in the upper box
  3. Click on a part to attach the markup to the desired anchor point
  4. Move the mouse to the location where you want to place the markup
  5. Click in the background to place the markup
  6. (the 3D Markup dialog box should remain open)
  7. Right-Click in the background to access the context menu options
  8. Select Add Geometry, then click on another part of your model to place the second anchor point
  9. Right-Click again to access the context menu options
  10. Select Add Bend Point, then click in the background to place the first segment of the leader line
  11. Select Add Bend Point again, then click in the background to place the second segment of the leader line
  12. Finally, click on another part of your model to place the third anchor point



When you are done creating multiple configurations with different sets of 3D markups in each one of them, you can publish the result to PDF by simply choosing File>Export and setting ‘Save as type’ to ‘PDF Files (.pdf)’.

If you would like to see it in action, please click on the image below to check out the video:



One great use of this 3D markup tool in 3D Reviewer is for creating work instructions or operation steps for job orders performed on a workshop floor for assembling or repairing a product. Each configuration can constitute one operation step where specific parts are visible and 3D markups are attached to selected parts with a particular instruction describing the course of actions to complete the step.


Pierre Tager, Acrobat Product Manager