PDF In-Depth

Creating custom 3D PDF templates inside Acrobat 3D with Right Hemisphere's PDF Publishing and PMI Modules

Steps 3-8


  1. Change the Viewport configuration from 4 views to single view by highlighting the User Viewport and Press the > F12 key on your keyboard. You can toggle back to 4 views by Pressing > F12 key again.
  2. Press the Enter key to toggle the Folders View on / off so that can optimize your screen real estate.
  3. Double click on each of the 4 Steps (Introduction, Seating Capacity, Powertrain and Fuel Economy) in the Step Dialogue to see the Step Camera Views change and notice that in the Seating Capacity Step the Canopy 3D geometry has been turned off so the end user can easily view the seating configuration.
  4. If you completed the first tutorial in this series, you'll recall that a Step is created by the following scene attributes (Camera View, Step Name, Step Description, Sequence and visibility of objects in the Scene Tree). This sample file will use some of these attributes to enable the display of data within a PDF Template. Right Click on the Seating Capacity Step and Select > Properties.
  5. What is unique about this particular sample file is that we are not using the Step functionality to create a Stepped linear assembly or disassembly procedure. Rather we are using Steps to create a storyboard to display product information. Once you understand this concept any type of product marketing information or product configuration can be created which will enable rich interactive 3D content. Please note that within the Step Description Field we have added another attribute to a Step which is called "Step Metadata".
  6. Each of the 4 Steps (Introduction, Seating Capacity, Powertrain and Fuel Economy) in this sample file has different Step Metadata. We will use this Step Metadata within the PDF Template that we are going to create in Adobe LiveCycle Designer to display this metadata text when a particular "Step Name" button is selected by the end user. Step Metadata can be anything you would like. Step Metadata uses key-value pairs when the Step Description field is parsed. If you didn't understand what you just read, don't worry, here's an explanation for the rest of us. This sample file does not use Available Sequences and Current Sequences in any of the Steps. So all we need to focus on is the Step Name and or the Step Description. We will use the Step Name to trigger interaction within the PDF Template. When the end user clicks on the "Step Name" button the PDF Template is going to display the Step Description Text in one field and the Step Metadata in another field. The "##step_metadata##" line of text tells the 3D Toolkit and the PDF Publishing Module that there is information which needs to be remembered and stored in the published PDF. The "Facts:" line of text in the Step Description field is common among all the Steps and is the "key" in the key value pair. It will allow us to create a field within the PDF Template to display the "values" which in this Step is "Seating: 2".

##step_metadata## = store this data in PDF when published
Facts: = Key in the key value pair
Seating: 2 = Value in key value pair

Please view the other Step properties and review the Step Names, Step Description and Step Metadata so that you can easily follow the PDF Template Creation process.

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