RE: Adobe Acrobat 3D

Subject: RE: Adobe Acrobat 3D
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: <b -dot- hennessey -at- att -dot- net>, "tech writer tech writer" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, <tech -at- infoinfocus -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 12:46:29 -0400

Hi Bobbi,

3D Acrobat lets people view 3D models from design/drawing programs like Autodesk Inventor and Mechanical Desktop. The engineer/designer has to save each view in the design application. It would be like creating individual PDF pages out of a FrameMaker document and assembling them into a container PDF file.

The 3D viewer/reader can select the different views as well as turn layers on and off. The application also includes some measuring and notation capabilities. All these help those who need to review drawings as part of an engineering effort. If I recall correctly, the viewer lacks the ability to rotate the "part" in space.

>From my perspective, it was kind of cool but offers few benefits to technical writers. It would be very useful for reviews during a hardware design cycle. Being that we're very hardware focused where I work, we have other tools for handling the design review stuff so we didn't pursue it any further.

>From the technical writing perspective, I get more mileage from using Autodesk's Drawing Web Format (DWF). They have a slick viewer that lets me hide layers or even components, create cross sections and rotate 3D models of parts and assemblies to my heart's content. The only thing the engineers have to do is save the drawing file as DWF. With the 3D Acrobat, engineers would have to preplan how the person looking at it wants to see it.

Hope this helps,

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com

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Subject: Adobe Acrobate 3D

Has anyone on the list had experience with Adobe's new 3D Acrobat?
Or heard any rumors about it?


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