Author Archive: Doug Halliday

Reinventing Product Development

I have been working with a colleague and mentor, Mike Juras of Vertare Corporation, who has introduced me to the concept of Relational Product Creation.  Relational Product Creation is grounded in Complexity Theory, and points to a whole new model of product development. The RPC concept is based upon a business operating framework that requires interoperability, a process framework that requires contextual collaboration and an open source infrastructure.  I won’t attempt to fully describe Relational Product Creation in this brief article, but I will focus upon a couple of key elements: in context collaboration and interoperability.

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Reducing Costs and Speeding Review Cycles

Like most successful innovators, Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) has created created innovative and segment leading products through close collaboration between JVC and its hundreds of parts suppliers. JVC has realized substantial benefits, such as:

  • Reduced document exchange cycles from as long as 20 days to 1 day
  • Improved accuracy and timeliness of input from reviewers
  • Eliminated errors from manual data entry by automating data capture
  • Shortened product time to market with accelerated document exchange
  • Increased competitiveness of manufacturers

To learn about how JVC was able to achieve these improvements, continue reading below. 


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Toward Truly Open Standards

You may already be aware that PDF is indeed the ISO standard for engineering documentation.  To learn more about ISO 32000-1 click here.  Recently we received some exciting news about extending ISO certification to 3D content within the PDF format. 

As you may know, PDF can extract 3D content from a wide variety of CAD and visualization formats for inclusion and interaction within a PDF container.  The formats used internally to the PDF are U3D and PRC.  Read on to learn more about PRC and how it is being embraced by the standards community.

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Shared Reviews for Product Development Collaboration

How many of you have purchased CAD and visualization tools so downstream users, including external suppliers, can work with your designs?  Have you had to purchase and deploy multiple solutions due to interoperability issues?  How many of you have had to punch holes through your firewall to allow access to partners and suppliers.  How many of you have had to limit design reviews and approval due to the cost and complexity of orchestrating collaborative activities?  What do you do when 2D requirements and specifications need to accompany your designs? There is a better way.  It’s is called a Shared Review.  Let me show you how it works.

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More 3D Reviewer Features

In this article, I will review some additional features of 3D Reviewer.  I will address physical properties and compare features (not necessarily in that order).  We will start today by opening a PDF I created some time ago.  This PDF contains two versions of a design.  These two CAD files were imported into 3D Reviewer and “merged” into a single model tree, so I can easily toggle between the two or display both if I want to.  The file was then saved to PDF using techniques I outlined in previous articles.  Click below to take a look at the designs and features I will be showing.

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3D Reviewer – “A Moving Experience”

Acrobat Pro Extended is a very robust rich “product suite”.  In addition to Acrobat, Pro Extended includes Livecycle Designer for forms design, Adobe Presenter for training and 3D reviewer, a robust 3D tool set.  In this article, I will review some of the features of 3D Reviewer.  I will address features such as moving parts and sub-assemblies (hence the title), configurations, call-outs and export.  These will help you do more with 3D PDFs. 

Click below to learn about these features.

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More on Interoperability

In today’s challenging economic climate, manufacturing firms are very focused upon finding and correcting inefficiencies.  One of the major concerns is the need for interoperability.  Multiple proprietary formats and applications in the CAD world alone, costs manufacturers billions every year. Concurrent engineering is one of the principle drivers for brining quality, new products to market swiftly.  But, concurrency can come with a high price tag, so often too many processes are serial, leading to revenue loses. While there is no overarching remedy, there are certainly a number of steps companies can take to reduce cost both internally and across their supply-chain.

Read on to learn how Adobe can help you NOW.

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Address Cost Issues Now

In today’s challenging economic climate, large scale IT projects are being postponed, especially in the manufacturing sector, but that doesn’t mean all progress has to stop.  Companies are addressing cost-related issues, especially where there is a near term payback.  PDF is one of those solutions that help you leverage previous investments. Remember this image from a previoius article:

Adobe solutions are never about “rip and replace”.  It’s about extending and execution based upon what you alread have in place.  Yet, there is no risk to strategic projects. PDF, Acrobat and our enterprise Livecycle solutions are totally compatible with SOA architectures and large scale systems like PLM, so when you get there integration will not be issue. In this case, you can have it both ways!


There are lots of other things we are doing to start reaping benefits quickly by helping you prepare the organization for improvements.

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The Third Dimension

I just read an interesting and well-written article by Hugh Davies in the December 29 issue of Building Design.  Mr. Davies’ article, was entitled PDFs ready to enter the third dimension. We appreciate the article and the attention 3D PDFs are receiving in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing industries.  Indeed, adoption is growing substantially.  As far as I know, Adobe had no role in the article whatsoever.

Mr. Davies ends the article by stating “3D PDFs have huge potential, but perhaps if they are to become an everyday means of communicating design intentions, it would help if the viewing features incorporated into the Extended version were incorporated into the free version of the software.  Nevertheless, 3D PDF is a powerful and accessible file format.”

It is the last sentence I would like to dig into a bit, because all of the viewing capability is there in the Reader.  I’m not sure we are explaining it well.  Click on “more” to see what I mean.

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Adobe 3D PDF Update

I’m happy to announce that we have just posted the Acrobat Pro Extended 3D update in North America.  The rest of the geographies will follow very shortly.  This 3D update contains support for recent versions of CAD file formats and bug fixes for 3D specific features in Acrobat Pro Extended and 3D Reviewer.

Click "more" below to read about the changes and how to get it… free of course.

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