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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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.

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How to create views in 3D Reviewer?

It is very easy to create custom views in 3D Reviewer using the ‘Add Configuration’ tool and publish them to PDF. The creation of views in 3D Reviewer offers more advanced features than what is available in Acrobat such as creating exploded views for instance. We will discuss in this article a few tips to remember when using the ‘Add Configuration’ tool and share with you a quick video showing the creation of different types of views and how to publish the result in PDF.

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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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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.

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.