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Creating Interactive 3D PDFs with Acrobat 3D and the Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module

Required software and Steps 1-2



So, keeping the power of interactive 3D content in mind, following is the first of three tutorials. This tutorial will focus on creating a fully interactive 3D PDF from CAD data to demonstrate a simple disassembly procedure for repair or maintenance. The software tools need to create this tutorial are:

  • Adobe Acrobat 3D
  • Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module
  • Adobe Reader 7.07+ for viewing

There are three main software components which are shipped with Acrobat 3D:

  • Acrobat 3D
  • 3D Toolkit
  • Adobe Designer (This is not highly publicized, but it's in there.)

To create this interactive 3D PDF, I'm are going to focus on the 3D Toolkit and the Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module which is a plug-in to the 3D Toolkit. But first, here are some basic 3D navigation instructions:

  • Rotate = Left Mouse Button Down & Drag
  • Zoom = Right Mouse Button Down & Drag
  • Pan = Left & Right Mouse Button Down & Drag
  1. Launch 3D Toolkit, and using the standard Microsoft Windows Explorer interface, browse to locate a 3D CAD assembly such as the CATIA v5 assembly shown below > Piston Rod Assembly.CATProduct.

CAD Catia import options.

  1. Right Click on the CAD assembly or part file that you would like to import and Select > Import Options.

CAD Catia import options.

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