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This week in PDF: PDF 3D tools updated

August 17, 2011

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This week in PDF has seen updates to a pair of PDF 3D products, including one from the team who took over Adobe's 3D technology.

First up, Tetra 4D has updated its tool for importing 3D CAD data into PDF documents. 3D PDF Converter 3.2 uses Acrobat X Pro to import 3D content in popular CAD formats, including Inventor 2011/2012, SolidWorks 2010/2011, Siemens NX 7.5 and CATIA V5R20.

In case you don't know or don't remember, Tetra 4D are the nice folks who took over Adobe's 3D technology around the start of the year. Building on that base, 3D PDF Converter allows users to import 3D models into Acrobat while maintaining the model's original properties, including assembly structure, geometry, product manufacturing information (PMI) and metadata like keywords and such. The tool also supports the emerging PDF/E standard for the exchange of engineering data.

As the inheritors of official Adobe technology, Tetra 4D has empowered users of its products to switch on measurement, commenting and other enhanced features for users of the free Adobe Reader. 3D PDF Converter is available either by itself or bundled with a copy of Adobe Acrobat X Pro from the vendor website.

In other 3D PDF-related news, Visual Technology Services (VTS) has updated its PDF3D platform to version 2.2.1. The PDF3D platform is a collection of proprietary solutions that includes the PDF3D SDK Library, along wilt a range of interfaces and plug-ins for use with 3D-enabled enterprise applications. The new version supports new methods for viewing, controlling and manipulating 3D models within the 3D PDF view port. It also allows stronger encryption (AES 256) and improves 2D technical report generation. The associated PDF3D ParaView plug-in has also been updated to support both 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems.

VTS CEO Ian Curington summarized the update, "The new version represents enhancements in usability, performance, image quality & control, security and broader functionality in many key areas across the entire PDF3D family of products."

For more on the release, check out the PDF3D website.

That's it for this week. Watch this space!

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