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Converting CloudCompare to 3D PDF

A short Guide to processing Point Cloud data into 3D PDF Report Documents using CloudCompare
Point Cloud data from 3D laser, optical and sonar scanners is easily available, however to interpret, display, and present that data with others, it needs to be converted into 3D mesh form, with smoothly shaded surfaces. To then share those 3D meshes with non-specialists or […]

How to Prevent Leakage When Sharing Prototype Designs, Research and Data

Engineers and scientists working on the latest developments rely on the secure transfer of critical information.   The work that goes into 3D design, research and analysis is extensive – and expensive – and a leakage of that data can be detrimental.

What is the best way to share confidential 3D data?

It turns out that it’s not that difficult to increase the […]

Interactive 3D Visualization During Live PowerPoint Presentations Made Possible

PDF3D’s free plugin enables presenters to integrate interactive 3D PDF viewing into live PowerPoint slide presentations to visualize and explain key 3D ideas

Typical PowerPoint presentations contain slide transitions and gradual reveals, and can embed other material such as video clips – but the one thing all these features have in common is that they need to be set up and […]

VOXLER Users Can Now Take Advantage of 3D PDF

Golden Software’s Voxler® has become one of the leading software packages in the 3D visualization space for GIS professionals, environmental scientists, researchers and engineers.  The latest V4 version now contains over 250 new features that allow users to enhance 3D well modeling, 3D geological data visualization, 3D surface mapping, and 3D point cloud visualization and interpolation.

Voxler visualizes almost any type of […]

Adding 3D Label Annotations into a 3D PDF at Generation Time

How to add 3D Label annotations in a 3D PDF at generation time (GUIDE AND VIDEO)
Most 3D PDF generation tools do not provide part labels and annotation, and the majority of 3D model file formats don’t provide for 3D annotations either. Adding 3D labels is sometimes possible by hand placing and adding markup, but generating labels directly from an easy to use file format […]

Progressive Animation to show Additive Assembly Sequences

How to create a progressive animation from multiple part files in a 3D PDF using PDF3D ReportGen (GUIDE AND VIDEO)
Wondering how to address the complex task of creating a 3D animated sequence to show the gradual assembly sequence of a complex model without programming? Normally time-sequence or transient data is shown as a sequence, one part at a time, so how can […]

Understanding how PDF/E, U3D and PRC are related to 3D PDF

Researching the relationship between PDF/E, U3D, PRC and 3D PDF in general is not that easy, without diving into complex standards specifications, but if you are a developer and would like to understand what each of these brings to the world of the 3D PDF, this article clarifies the whys and whats of each.

Today most 3D PDF files found “in […]

Did You Know? PRC Supports a Range of Geometric Precision Options

Modern 3D PDF, documents based on the PRC (Product Representation Compact) standard include a range of possible geometric precision schemes. This guide offers help in selecting the most appropriate mode for your application.
PRC Encoding inside 3D PDF Files
First, the PRC 3D geometric encoding standard has two main categories of encoding, either pure or tessellated. In the “Pure” form, full fidelity geometric shapes are encoded preserving full […]

Did You Know? Discover Key Frame Animation in PDF3D

The PDF3D products do a great deal more than most people realise. In this ‘Did you know?’ series, we’ll be going through each of the features you may not know exist within your 3D PDF tool.

This article is all about the key frame animation feature in PDF3D ReportGen. What makes this a great feature in both our end-user and developer products […]

Did You Know? How to add Annotations and Dimension layers to PRC in 3D PDF

One of the special features of PRC (Product Representation Compact), as a modern best-practice method to embed 3D scenes in an interactive PDF View, is to add annotations and dimensional layers as special options.

Normally the full 3D model can be rotated, scaled and positioned in a 3D view for review, taking advantage of the PRC high compression features. Each view can optionally reveal other […]