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File Formats

The following file formats are available for PDF3D ReportGen,, and the Interface Layer of PDFD-SDK PRO Development Toolkit.  For PV+ see the alternative File Format list.

This list is up to date at V2.23 release. Please see the release notes for current versions and support. Some formats may be available on limited platforms.

CAD Models
1Additive Manufacturing Formatamf3D Printing industry consortium format alternative to STL
2AutoCAD Export DWF FormatdwfAutoCAD Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, Visual Representations
3AutoCAD Generic DXF FormatdxfAutoCAD historic versions, Survey, Geophysics, Modelling
4AutoCAD Native DWG FormatdwgAutoCAD Mechanical, Civil, Inventor, Parts, Colours, Widely Used
5Bentley-Intergraph Microstation DGN FormatdgnMicrostation related applications
6IGES 3D Model Interchangeigs, igesIndustry Interoperability Model Exchange, CAD Applications
7Industry Foundation Classes IFCifcBIM, AEC, Subset support, AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Civil 3D
8Polygon File Format StanfordplySurface, Line & Point Open Academic and Research Exchange
9PRC Product Representation Compact FormatprcISO 14739-1 3D Model used in 3D PDF context as interactive view
10STEP AP214 3D Model Interchangestp,stepIndustry Interoperability Model Exchange, PLM, CAD Applications
11Stereolithography ASCII Multi-part File FormatstlaCAD-CAM, 3D Printing, Triangle Mesh Surfaces, Geometry Only
12Stereolithography Binary File FormatstlbCAD-CAM, 3D Printing, Single Triangle Mesh, Geometry Only
13Stereolithography STL File Format w/Colorstl3D Printing, Triangle Geometry, Scanners, CAD, Materialise Magics
14U3D Universal 3D Interchange Formatu3dECMA 363 used in 3D PDF context as interactive view
Analysis Data
15AVS/Express UCD FormatinpAdvanced Visual Systems Proprietary, Unstructured Mesh & Attributes
16COMSOL Simulation Results Formatdat,txt,mphtxtCOMSOL Proprietary Mesh & Result Plot Output Format
17Protein Data Bank Molecular FormatpdbChemistry, Research, Academic, well established database
18VTK PolyData FormatvtpVisualization Toolkit polygon surface data, science, engineering
19VTK Model File FormatvtkVisualization Toolkit mesh, element, multi-attribute 2D & 3D data
Images & Video
20Raster Image Filespng,jpg,tif,bmpUniversal standard image file formats, monochrome, color, alpha
21ArcGIS Geospatial Grid FormatascArcGIS Proprietary ASCII Grid Raster Elevation Data
22ESRI ArcGIS Geospatial Vector ShapesshpArcGIS Proprietary ShapeFile for Vector Features, 2D or 3D
23GeoTIFF Geospatial Image and Grid Data Formattif, tiffWell-known TIFF image with additional Geographic coordinates included
24GeoVRML Geospatial Formatwrl, vrmlVRML97 extended to include geographic coordinate systems, ArcScene
25IMAGINE Multi-Channel Image or Elevation GridsimgHexagon Geospatial raster format for image and attribute data
26KML Geospatial Vector FeatureskmlXML based mark-up for geospatial features, ArcGIS, Google Earth
27LiDAR LAS File Formats 1.1, 1.2, 1.3lasPoint Cloud Industry Interchange Format, Space, Airborne & Terrestrial
28LiDAR LAZ Compressed FormatlazVery good compressed optimization option for LAS data
29Point Cloud Formatscsv,pts,xyz3D points, ASCII, from LiDAR, Laser, point sample systems
30Point Cloud with Color or attributexyzrgb, stzi3D points, ASCII with intensity or full RGB Color per point
31Autodesk ReCAP RCS/RCP point cloud formatrcs,rcp3D points, Binary with optional full RGB Color per point
32e57 Point Cloud formate573D points, Binary optional full RGB Color per point
33PROJ Geographic Projection FormatprojGeographic coordinate mapping data to place corresponding models
34Surfer Grid FormatgrdSurfer from Golden Software Proprietary raster elevation grid data
35Surfer Colormap FormatclrSurfer from Golden Software Proprietary color classification files
36USGS DEM Geospatial Grid File FormatdemElevation grid data for terrains, bathymetry, raster data
37World Geographic Coordinate Filejpw,pgw,tfwGeographic coordinate mapping data automatically loaded corresponding images, JPG, PNG, TIF
38ZMapPlus Geospatial Grid Field FormatdatEarth Science Subsurface Horizon Data, ZYCOR, Historic Data Exchange
39IRAP Classic Grid Format IFGRifgrEarth Science Subsurface Horizon Data from IRAP
40Label File Format (x,y,z,label-text) CSVlbl3D coordinate location and label text string in CSV format
3D Graphics
413D GameStudio 3DGS FormatmdlGamestudio Development & Authoring Application for Games
423D GameStudio 3DGS Terrain FormathmpGamestudio Development Application Terrain Landscape Data
433D Studio MAX Format3dsWidely used 3D graphics exchange, 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD, Textures
443ds Max ASE FormataseAutoDesk 3DS Max Proprietary 3D Model Format (subset)
45AC3D Inivis FormatacAC3D Proprietary Model Creation and Editing 3D Format
46Collada COLLAborative Design Activity FormatdaeIndustry interchange rich 3D graphics, 3DS Max, Maya, Sketchup, Textures
47Design Workshop DatabasedwAEC DesignWorkshop 3D modeling program for architectural design
48DirectX 3D Model FormatxMicrosoft DirectX Graphics 3D Model Geometry
49DirectX X FormatxMicrosoft DirectX Graphics Generic Data
50FBX Graphics FormatfbxAutoDesk binary 3D Graphics Format with optional embedded textures
51glTF Graphics FormatglbGL Transmission Format for WebGL 3D in Browsers
52IVE OpenSceneGraph File FormativeOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, version specific
53Nendo FormatndoProprietary 3D modeling and 3D painting package from IZWare
54LightWave Object FormatlwoLightWave Proprietary 3D Models with Materials, Texture, LWO2 or LWO3 (2019)
55LightWave Scene FormatlwsLightWave Proprietary Scenes
56Milkshape 3D Formatms3dShareware low-polygon 3D modeling Application by Mete Ciragan
57Modo FormatlxoProprietary Luxology Game System Scene File
58Neutral File FormatnnfRayTrace Program 3D Polygon Format
59OSG Extendable ASCII FormatosgtOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
60OSG Extendable Binary FormatosgbOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
61OSG Extendable XML FormatosgxOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
62OSG Native FormatosgOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, with Textures
63OSGTGZ Compressed FormatosgtgzOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
64Object File FormatoffSimple Surface Polygon Unstructured 3D ASCII format
65Ogre Graphics Engine XML FormatxmlOpen Source Game Rendering Engine 3D Model Format
66OpenFlight FormatfltReal-time Visual Simulation Scenes with Texture
67OpenInventor 2.1 Compressed Formativ.gzIndustry neutral interchange 3D graphics, similar to VRML, Textures
68OpenInventor 2.1 FormativIndustry neutral interchange 3D graphics, similar to VRML, Textures
69PDF Portable Document Format Template or 3DpdfISO-32000 PDF Standard, with 3D Annotations, U3D or PRC
70PovRAY Raw FormatrawTriangular facet 3D geometry POV Ray Tracer
71Quake II Formatmd2Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, Historic
72Quake III Mesh Formatmd3Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, geometry, meshes
73Quick3D Formatq3sProprietary Quick3D File Converter Application Native Format
74Return to Castle Wolfenstein FormatmdcInteractive Game Proprietary 3D Format
75Sense8 WorldToolKit FormatnffHistoric ASCII 3D Format from 1990s
76Starcraft II M3 Formatm3Proprietary Game Application 3D Actor Models
77Terragen Terrain Formatter3D Landscape Terrain Tile Format from Planetside Software
78Unreal Game Format3dProprietary Game Engine 3D Model Format
79VRML Compressed Formatwrz,vrml.gzVery Widely used 3D graphics exchange VRML97 Standard, v1.0 or 2.0
80VRML Uncompressed Formatwrl,vrmlVery Widely used 3D graphics exchange, ArcScene, Pro/E, Textures
81VOXLER 2-4, Scene formativVoxler Application from Golden Software 3D Scene Export (SGI version)
82Wavefront Object FormatobjWidely used 3D graphics exchange, 3DS Max, AutoCAD, Maya, Textures
83XGL, ZGL Graphics Formatxgl,zglAveva Plant 3D Scene Export, Inventor, Graphics dump
84X3D Graphics Formatx3deXtensible 3D Graphics Format (XML variant of VRML97)


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