Lesson 15 Working with 3D in PDF Files
Adobe Acrobat 9 oﬀers an improved 3D design collaboration process combined
with powerful CAD data interoperability. Acrobat Pro Extended (Windows) allows
users to rapidly convert virtually any CAD ﬁle into highly compressed, more secure
Adobe PDF ﬁles that can be used by customers, suppliers, and co-workers to review
and mark up 3D designs using the free Adobe Reader software. And the exact
geometry in these Adobe PDF ﬁles can be leveraged by manufacturers for down-
stream CAD, CAM, or CAE-based processes without the need for expensive CAD
3D models can also be used to create content-rich documentation. Technical writ-
ers, illustrators, and graphic designers can create 2D vector art and rasterized illus-
trations from 3D CAD ﬁles. 周ey can incorporate 3D models into PDF ﬁles, creating
rich, interactive documents.
Because the PDF ﬁles retain the appearance of your original documents, you
don’t need to worry about losing document quality. Your PDF ﬁles can be viewed,
manipulated, and interrogated on Windows, Mac OS, or UNIX using the free
Adobe Reader software, so anyone (with your permission) can work with your PDF
ﬁles without having the source applications.
About Acrobat Pro extended and
Adobe 3D reviewer (Windows)
Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended (Windows) allows you to create 3D PDF ﬁles, add
3D models to PDF documents, and interact with existing 3D content using the 3D
toolbar and a Model Tree. You can convert 3D content directly from supported 3D
CAD ﬁles or you can capture content from within your 3D CAD applications.
When you install Acrobat Pro Extended, Adobe 3D Reviewer is installed automati-
cally. You can use 3D Reviewer to edit most 3D models in native ﬁle formats and
in PDF. 3D Reviewer is particularly useful if you want to change or remove entities
from a 3D model but don’t have the source application installed. Right-click an
embedded 3D model in a PDF ﬁle, and choose Edit In 3D Reviewer to open that
model for editing.
To create a PDF ﬁle from a ﬁle open in 3D Reviewer, simply choose File > Export
and export the ﬁle to PDF.
Users of Adobe Reader can interact with 3D models, create and save camera views,
capture product views, and use the Model Tree. If the creator of a 3D-enhanced
PDF has extended usage right, users of Adobe Reader can also use comment and
mark-up tools and use the 3D measurement tools.