About Acrobat Pro Extended and 3D Formats

We hear very often the question whether a 3D format is supported in Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, and in some cases the response is a) "yes, all current versions", or b) "yes, up to version X", or c) "no, it is not supported". On the same subject of formats, there is increasing interest in the 3D format representation inside PDF called PRC, with questions being asked such as a) “is the PRC format open” or b) “are the specifications accessible” or c) “is there an SDK to read and write PRC”.

In this article, I will try to address all these questions by providing short answers when possible and by introducing the new Acrobat 3D SDK that is now available as part of the Acrobat 9 SDK that is now live. So, please read on and feel free to ask any additional questions using the comments form.

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Vector Snapshots – Pointing the Way

Recently, I have been asked by several customers to explain how to “export to vector” for technical illustrations in Acrobat Pro Extended Version 9.  There are numerous cases where existing and perspective customers are interested in creating vector renderings using 3D data.  Some simply want to save images as a page within a PDF.  Others want to bring the vector image into Adobe Illustrator or other editing tools to add additional content.  Because we have replaced the 3D Tool Kit that shipped with previous versions of Acrobat 3D with 3D Reviewer, there is a little re-learning for some.


To learn how to create vector snapshots, please read on.

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Can I save 3D measurement markups in PDF?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question in the past 12 months, but it’s quite a lot. We’ve heard your voice and the short answer is now you can save 3D measurement markups in Acrobat/Reader 9 and I am going to teach you how! So, if you haven’t yet discovered this new feature, I strongly invite you to read further to learn the basics of adding and managing measurement markups as well as a few interesting tips you will certainly appreciate.

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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 Acrobat.com Announced


Adobe announced Acrobat 9 and the new Acrobat.com 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.

2008 Collaboration and Interoperability Conference

The 2008 Collaboration and Interoperability Conference held in Denver, CO this year was a great success. My colleague Doug Halliday and I attended and in looking back I honestly can say it was one of the best events in recent memory.

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