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Hypotopia: A Truly Inspiring Example of 3D Visualisation

If you haven’t already heard of Hypotopia, we urge you to spend a few minutes watching this inspirational TEDx talk:www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-hQxbfPVeU

 

As a brief background to Hypotopia, the idea and name came about as a result of a protest project created by a team of Austrian students in response to the Hypo bank scandal. Hypo-Alpe-Adria-Bank, after various criminal acts such as balance sheet falsification, […]

PDF3D Launch Is A Big Hit With InterGEO 2014 Visitors

Now that the dust has settled and we’re back in the UK after attending the 20th InterGeo in Berlin last week, we’ve had a chance to take stock of what was an incredibly interesting and successful event.

We hardly had time to breath at our stand this year, which was in part thanks to a few newsworthy pieces that hit the media 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 […]

The Future of Document Management: Intelligent 3D Scanning

For some time now, engineers, analysts and scientists have been discussing that ever-frustrating topic of how best to manage and store the vast amount of information we now generate. The discussion around document management certainly isn’t a new one on anyone’s agenda however there are some very interesting solutions coming to the fore that promise to make it all much […]

What is a PRC File?

Put simply, if you want to create a 3D PDF in Adobe’s Acrobat® X or XI Pro, you’ll need a PRC file (or U3D file) to do it. Acrobat can load and embed a PRC file into a PDF page. Once embedded, the 3D PDF can be viewed using the free Adobe Reader. The PRC file contains the actual 3D geometry.
So what is a PRC file?
A […]

It’s PDF Week in NYC

It’s an exciting week to be involved in the development of PDF standards, particularly the derivative versions specific to engineering and geospatial of which we have a real interest.

We’re in New York, USA at the International ISO committee meeting, and honoured to be in the unique position of representing the UK in these standards through our participation with the BSI […]

Big Data 3D Mapping

With over 90 resident experts from the global geospatial community and 550 professionals from across Europe, the November 2013 LiDAR event in Amsterdam was an interesting one. From seminars and workshops to exchange forums and over 70 exhibitors, it was exciting to learn more about how large scale data is being transformed into 3D visuals.

There was clearly a move towards […]

The Latest Thinking in 3D Imaging and Mapping

Our own Dan O’Connor is looking forward to attending the big European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF) and SPAR Europe Conference in Amsterdam next week 11-13 November 2013.

Aimed at 3D imaging professionals including architects, builders, and engineers, from around the world, we’re keen to hear how technology is moving forward in the areas of GIS, mapping, infrastructure and urban modeling.

We’ll be […]