Author Archive: Jim Merry

Tutorial – Using Flash as a 3D Material

The Adobe Flash platform was integrated into the Acrobat product family with version 9 and this enabled a lot of very cool, cutting edge features like portfolios and dependable/flawless video playback in the free Adobe Reader. The collaboration tools were integrated with the video content as well enabling anyone to comment directly on a specific frame of a movie using the 2D commenting tools. In addition to all this, the engineering team also added the ability to use Flash content as a 3D material which opens a whole new world of possibilities for 3D content inside of PDF.
If you are interested in understanding how this works, there is a two part tutorial on AcrobatUsers.com you’ll want to watch. Here’s part one and here’s part two.

Adobe Founders to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

John Warnock and Chuck Geschke will each receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama at a White House ceremony next Wednesday.
Here’s an excerpt from a White House press release:

“The National Medal of Technology and Innovation has its roots in a 1980 statute and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes individuals or companies for their outstanding contributions to the promotion of technology for the improvement of the economic, environmental, or social well-being of the United States. Nominees are selected by a distinguished independent committee representing both the private and public sectors.

From the White House press release:

“These scientists, engineers and inventors are national icons, embodying the very best of American ingenuity and inspiring a new generation of thinkers and innovators,” President Obama said. “Their extraordinary achievements strengthen our nation every day–not just intellectually and technologically but also economically, by helping create new industries and opportunities that others before them could never have imagined.”

The Adobe founders are being acknowledged “for their pioneering contributions that spurred the desktop publishing revolution and for changing the way people create and engage with information and entertainment across multiple mediums including print, Web and video.”

Wohler’s Associates discuss uses for 3D PDF

Terry Wohler’s group covers the manufacturing industry and publishes an exhaustive annual report on the current state of the industry. He attended the Collaboration and Interoperability Conference last May in Estes Park and sat in on Chris Senesac’s presentation on how Boeing Rotorcraft Systems has deployed 3D PDF for multiple use cases. He was so surprised at learning that PDF can now contain precise geometry suitable for fabrication along with PMI, 2D drawings and associated technical documentation that he wrote an entry in his blog, Wohler’s Talk. It’s worth a read and you can find the entry here.

Sample PDFs with Interactive 3D Content

The Adobe website has been undergoing lots and lots of revisions over the last few months and we’re happy to report that one of the most requested resources is back: Sample 3D PDFs! You can find them here.
They are great way to see what’s possible when you use Acrobat Pro Extended or LiveCycle to create PDFs with 3D content and of course, all you need is the free Adobe Reader to view and interact with the PDFs.
If you are interested in PDF Portfolios, you’ll want to take at look at the Supplier Collaboration Sample. Anyone interested in seeing how 3D can be combined with interactive forms should take a look at the Work Instruction Samples like the Quality Control Checklist or the .Brake Assembly Checklist.

PDF-PRC and ISO 10303 (aka STEP)

Yesterday’s announcement about PRC moving its way towards ISO certification generated a lot of excitement and some very good questions. Most notable were 1) Does the PRC format Adobe is releasing include the ‘exact geometry’ definition and 2) if so, does that inclusion of the exact geometry put PRC at odds with ISO 10303 (STEP)?
The short answers are ‘yes’ and ‘not really’. Read on to get the details…

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Manufacturing jumpstarting the US Economy

Two articles caught my attention this morning that I thought were worth mentioning. The first one cites a report by the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia that shows manufacturing activity unexpectedly expanding in the Philly area for the first time in over a year. The second article focuses on how manufacturing is the unexpected bright spot in the US economy right now with encouraging signs in (surprise!) the automotive sector. While the signs are encouraging both articles cite substantial risks to a sustained uptick.
Very encouraging nonetheless…

Kubotek to License Adobe 3D Technology

Exciting news from one of our ISV partners, Kubotek, who announced today they are integrating Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended into their product line. OEM licensing and consulting services will be provided by Techsoft 3D, our reseller for the Acrobat SDK. The full press release can be found here.

5th Annual Collaboration and Interoperability Conference

We are gearing up for the 5th annual Collaboration & Interoperability Conference and Exhibition. There will be at least two presentations/workshops focused on how 3D PDF can help manufacturing companies collaborate more effectively with their entire value chain. 1) Boeing Rotorcraft’s Chris Senesac will present on how they are supporting their move to 3D Model-Based Definition by leveraging 3D PDF, Adobe Acrobat and LiveCycle (CIC abstract, Adobe Case Study). 2) Doug Halliday and I will give a 2+ hour workshop on how Adobe’s tools can be used to build rich information packages that include 3D data and information from various back end systems either manually with Acrobat or automated with LiveCycle (CIC abstract).
The event will be held in Estes Park, Colorado on May 18-20. You will find all the information you need at the conference web site. You can find the agenda here. All presentation are reviewed and approved by the CIC Advisory Board. You can register for the event here.

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Questions about Adobe Acrobat Volume Licensing Programs?

We are often asked about the best way to buy Adobe Acrobat and like most questions, the answer to this one is, “it depends”. Depends on what, you might ask? Well obvious things like ‘how much software you need, do you plan to buy it all now or over time?’ and, maybe not so obvious things like ‘will the software all be used in the same location, or do you have multiple sites scattered around the globe?’ and so on. To keep things simple Adobe offers two different licensing program options, one that is ‘transactional’ or defined by a single purchase and the other ‘cumulative’ where the discounts accrue over time based on your company’s buying patterns. All of this is explained very well on a new area of our website that you can find here.

Adobe, Boeing, and Penn State collaborate on real-world mfg integration issues

Over the last 2 years I have had the privilege to work on an on-going three way collaboration between Boeing’s Rotorcraft Division, the Penn State University College of Information Science and Technology and Adobe to provide PSU students exposure to real-world problems faced by manufacturing companies. The students take on the role of consultants to Boeing and are presented with a set of detailed requirements that they must analyze and clarify. They then research and propose a potential solution that meets those requirements–all under their own direction. The last three semesters have focused on how Adobe’s 3D PDF, Acrobat Pro Extended and LiveCycle products can be leveraged to solve real issues Boeing currently faces related to providing suppliers with 3D Model-Based Definition information in a secure, reliable and cost effective way.
The Penn State College of Information Science and Technology wrote an in-depth article describing the project which you can find here.