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Easily Create Interactive 3D PDFs that Include Product Manufacturing Information

Required software and Steps 1-2



This tutorial is the second in a series on publishing interactive 3D content and demonstrates how to easily create an interactive 3D PDF with associated PMI data directly from the original 3D CAD model. To begin this tutorial, you will need the following software tools:

  • Adobe Acrobat 3D.
  • Right Hemisphere's PMI Module.
  • Right Hemisphere's PDF Publishing Module.
  • Adobe Reader 7.07+ (only required for those without Acrobat 3D).

It's also important to note that there are three main software components which ship with Acrobat 3D and are referred to in this tutorial:

  • Adobe Acrobat 3D
  • 3D Toolkit
  • Adobe LiveCycle Designer

To create this interactive 3D PDF, this tutorial focuses primarily on the 3D Toolkit and the Right Hemisphere PMI Module and PDF Publishing Module -- plug-ins to the 3D Toolkit. These two plug-ins will work with Right Hemisphere's own client software, Deep Exploration CAD Edition, as well as the more ubiquitous Adobe Acrobat 3D. So, let's get started. 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 JT or CATIA v5 3D CAD file that contains PMI data such as > 10000_Assembly_Loft_And_Lie_Machine_NoName.jt.

Locating PMI files in Acrobat 3D.

  1. Right Click on the 3D CAD PMI file (JT or CATIA v5) that you would like to import and Select > Import Options.

Import Properties of JT Files.

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