RE: Managing and editing technical illustrations

Subject: RE: Managing and editing technical illustrations
From: "Ed" <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "'Yves Barbion'" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:26:52 -0400

I don't have any experience with Pro/Engineer, but I do know that Photoshop
CS4 Extended has built-in 3D tools. I don't think either PS or Illustrator
supports U3D or CGM (does anyone support cgm these days?!), but if you can
export to EPS or AI that would probably be your best bet. PDF is definitely
supported, but I don't know how much editing you could do of that kind of
file.

Sorry this is vague; hope it helps.
-=Ed.

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> Hi techwhirlers
>
> How do you manage and edit technical illustrations created
> with Pro/ENGINEER?
>
> The workflow goes like this:
>
> 1. The engineering dept uses Pro/ENGINEER to create all kinds of
> technical illustrations.
> 2. The tech writers need to use some of these
> illustrations in their user
> guides and service manuals. To this end, they need to be able to:
>
>
> - Open 3D graphics and render them as 2D
> - Highlight specific components, for example by adding a grey fill
> - Do some basic editing, for example add/remove some
> lines, change some
> text...
> - Create detail views of some parts of the graphics
>
>
> How do you handle this? Any tools or graphic file formats you
> can recommend?
> My (wild) guess would be to export the graphics as PDF, CGM
> or U3D from Pro/ENGINEER and open these in Adobe Illustrator
> CS4 to edit them, but I don't know whether these programs
> feature these export/import filters and, if they do, how good
> they are.
>
> Thanks in advance for any tips or recommendations.
>
> --
> Yves Barbion
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