Re: Managing and editing technical illustrations

Subject: Re: Managing and editing technical illustrations
From: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
To: Yves Barbion <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:40:42 -0700

Acrobat 8 3D or (some version of) Acrobat 9 lets you do some really cool
In Acro 8 3D they include a toolkit-

Import a 3D model
create 2D renders
Create animated 3D exploded views that carry into a PDF that Reader can
view and use!
Turn objects within the model on or off so you can see what you want to.
- I'm not sure about cutaways.
- and probably more.

Worth considering.

Yves Barbion wrote:
> Hi techwhirlers
> How do you manage and edit technical illustrations created with
> 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.

Jay Maechtlen
626 444-5112 office
626 840-8875 cell


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