Author Archive: Jim Merry

Collaboration and Interoperability Conference Survey

The 2008 Collaboration and Interoperability Conference was by all measures a great success and we are looking forward to the 2009 event this May. As part of each year’s conference Longview Advisors plans to conduct a survey of the attendees to gain insight into the mfg community’s current set of issues, hopes, and vision for collaboration and interoperability. They have graciously decided to share the results of this effort with anyone and everyone. If interested you can find the 2008 results here.

Mfg Companies leverage 3D PDF for Global Collaboration

The folks over at Plastics Today posted a great article on their Injection Molding website written by Adobe’s own Rak Bhalla that discusses the advantages 3D PDF offers to manufacturing companies. It includes data from a Harris Interactive poll that gives insight into the importance of collaboration in today’s manufacturing environments and then discusses how common problems and bottlenecks encountered when you need to collaborate with suppliers, partners and customers using 3D CAD data can be mitigated by using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and 3D PDF. The article includes quotes about specific ROI achieved by several companies that have deployed Acrobat and 3D PDF including Eaton, Prokka, Indak, Atrus, Bradrock Industries, and Sunbeam.
The article also discusses how the Adobe Acrobat 3D PDF platform can be leveraged by other software companies and points to several CAD companies who already support 3D PDF today like SolidWorks, PTC, Lattice, Right Hemisphere, and Actify—all of whom now output 3D PDF files directly from their systems.
You can find the article here.

Acrobat Podcast Series

For those of you partial to the podcast format you might want to take a look at the Acrobat podcast series over at the Acrobat Lounge. There are several already there and we are trying to post at a rate of one new podcast per week. Most of these will be topics of general interest, but there are at least 4 that cover mfg- and/or 3D-related topics.

Free Web-based Training for Acrobat 9 Pro Extended

For those of you who would like to learn about the 3D capabilities of Acrobat 9 Pro Extended but do not want to download and install the free 30 day trial, you now have another option…

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Converting 3D CAD to PDF on a server

Without doubt the customer request we have heard the most since launching Acrobat 3D version 7 three years ago has been, "Acrobat 3D looks great, but can I convert my CAD files to PDF on a server integrated with my PLM system??" Well I am truly escstatic to finally be able to say, "YES! You can!"….

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Want to try out Acrobat 9 Pro Extended?


Adobe announced Acrobat 9 early last week while I was at the PTC World Conference and many of the people I talked with last week expressed interest in trying out Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (which is the new name for Acrobat 3D). We will be offering a free 30 day trial for Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, but it isn’t ready quite yet. If you would like to be notified when the free trial is posted …

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Acrobat 9 and Announced


Adobe announced Acrobat 9 and the new service very early this morning. These are both game changing releases for us and I will blog more about the specific benefits for manufacturing companies in the next few days (and after the PTC User Conference ends.) For now, you might want to check out some early blog posts like these …

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Apologies to the RSS Subscribers!

If you are subscribed to this blog via an RSS reader, I would like to apologize for all the updates to the entries today. I recently replaced my PC and resulting ripple of software updates continues to move through my entire workflow process. I had to install new versions of all the applications I use, including Adobe’s Contribute CS 3 for editing this blog, and just noticed that the commenting feature was not activated for blog entries. And so now it is… So, you shouldn’t see so many of these updates to the same articles going forward.

How light is light?


During the panel discussions on ‘Proprietary lightweight 3D formats and standards: A collision course?” at the 2008 CIC Conf
that Longview Advisors
hosted earlier this month in Denver many of the audience’s questions and the resulting discussion touched on ‘what really is a lightweight 3D format for and when should you use it?’ In thinking about it and talking with some of the other folks on the panel, it occured to me that it would be useful to look back at why the lightweight formats were introduced in the first place and how the external constraints driving the requirements for ‘lightweight’ have changed over time.

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PTC World Conference

I will be heading to the 2008 PTC World Conference in Long Beach, CA next week where Adobe will have a booth in the vendor fair (no. 403) and I will present on Adobe’s technology platform and how it works with Wildfire and can help extend the reach of Windchill. The session is part of the Windchill technical track and scheduled for Monday, June 1 at 5:15 Pacific Standard Time in room 104C in the Long Beach conference center.