File Formats

File Formats

The following file formats are available for PDF3D ReportGen, XML Server utilities and the Interface Layer of PDFD-SDK.  For PV+ see the other alternative File Format list.





CAD Models
1 Additive Manufacturing Format amf 3D Printing industry consortium format alternative to STL
2 AutoCAD Export DWF Format dwf AutoCAD Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, Visual Representations
3 AutoCAD Generic DXF Format dxf AutoCAD historic versions, Survey, Geophysics, Modelling
4 AutoCAD Native DWG Format dwg AutoCAD Mechanical, Civil, Inventor, Parts, Colours, Widely Used
5 Bentley-Intergraph Microstation DGN Format dgn Microstation related applications
6 IGES 3D Model Interchange igs, iges Industry Interoperability Model Exchange, CAD Applications
7 Industry Foundation Classes IFC ifc BIM, AEC, Subset support, AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Civil 3D
8 Movie.BYU Geometry Format byu Historic FEA Mesh Geometry Interchange
9 Polygon File Format Stanford ply Surface, Line & Point Open Academic and Research Exchange
10 PRC Product Representation Compact Format prc ISO 14739-1 3D Model used in 3D PDF context as interactive view
11 STEP AP214 3D Model Interchange stp,step Industry Interoperability Model Exchange, PLM, CAD Applications
12 Stereolithography ASCII Multi-part File Format stla CAD-CAM, 3D Printing, Triangle Mesh Surfaces, Geometry Only
13 Stereolithography Binary File Format stlb CAD-CAM, 3D Printing, Single Triangle Mesh, Geometry Only
14 Stereolithography STL File Format w/Color stl 3D Printing, Triangle Geometry, Scanners, CAD, Materialise Magics
15 U3D Universal 3D Interchange Format u3d ECMA 363 used in 3D PDF context as interactive view
Analysis Data
16 AVS/Express UCD Format inp Advanced Visual Systems Proprietary, Unstructured Mesh & Attributes
17 COMSOL Simulation Results Format dat,txt,mphtxt COMSOL Proprietary Mesh & Result Plot Output Format
18 Protein Data Bank Molecular Format pdb Chemistry, Research, Academic, well established database
19 VTK PolyData Format vtp Visualization Toolkit polygon surface data, science, engineering
20 VTK Model File Format vtk Visualization Toolkit mesh, element, multi-attribute 2D & 3D data
Images & Video
21 Flash Animations or Movie clips swf Video, Movie, Animation, Creative Suite, MacroMedia, Adobe
22 Raster Image Files png,jpg,tif,bmp Universal standard image file formats, monochrome, color, alpha
23 ArcGIS Geospatial Grid Format asc ArcGIS Proprietary ASCII Grid Raster Elevation Data
24 ESRI ArcGIS Geospatial Vector Shapes shp ArcGIS Proprietary ShapeFile for Vector Features, 2D or 3D
25 GeoTIFF Geospatial Image and Grid Data Format tif, tiff Well-known TIFF image with additional Geographic coordinates included
26 GeoVRML Geospatial Format wrl, vrml VRML97 extended to include geographic coordinate systems, ArcScene
27 IMAGINE Multi-Channel Image or Elevation Grids img Hexagon Geospatial raster format for image and attribute data
28 KML Geospatial Vector Features kml XML based mark-up for geospatial features, ArcGIS, Google Earth
29 LAS Well Log (Subset) las Oil industry well log, complex borehole data, simple subset
30 LiDAR LAS File Format v1,2,3 las Point Cloud Industry Interchange Format, Space, Airborne & Terrestrial
31 LiDAR LAZ Compressed Format laz Very good compressed optimization option for LAS data
32 Point Cloud Formats csv,pts,xyz 3D points, ASCII, from LiDAR, Laser, point sample systems
33 Point Cloud with Color or attribute xyzrgb, stzi 3D points, ASCII with intensity or full RGB Color per point
34 ReCAP RCS point cloud format rcs 3D points, Binary with optional full RGB Color per point
35 e57 Point Cloud format e57 3D points, Binary optional full RGB Color per point
36 PROJ Geographic Projection Format proj Geographic coordinate mapping data to place corresponding models
37 Surfer Grid Format grd Surfer from Golden Software Proprietary raster elevation grid data
38 Surfer Colormap Format clr Surfer from Golden Software Proprietary color classification files
39 USGS DEM Geospatial Grid File Format dem Elevation grid data for terrains, bathymetry, raster data
40 World Geographic Coordinate File jpw,pgw,tfw Geographic coordinate mapping data to place corresponding images
41 ZMapPlus Geospatial Grid Field Format dat Earth Science Subsurface Horizon Data, ZYCOR, Historic Data Exchange
3D Graphics
42 3D GameStudio 3DGS Format mdl Gamestudio Development & Authoring Application for Games
43 3D GameStudio 3DGS Terrain Format hmp Gamestudio Development Application Terrain Landscape Data
44 30 Studio MAX Format 3ds Widely used 3D graphics exchange, 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD, Textures
45 3ds Max ASE Format ase AutoDesk 3DS Max Proprietary 3D Model Format (subset)
46 AC3D Inivis Format ac AC3D Proprietary Model Creation and Editing 3D Format
47 ANSYS Workbench Viewer File avz CAE Visualization results format used by ANSYS Viewer application
48 Blender 3D Format blend Blender CAD Application Design Native 3D Model Format
49 BlitzBasic 3D Format b3b Interactive Game & Scene Environment System
50 Collada COLLAborative Design Activity Format dae Industry interchange rich 3D graphics, 3DS Max, Maya, Sketchup, Textures
51 Design Workshop Database dw AEC DesignWorkshop 3D modeling program for architectural design
52 DirectX 3D Model Format x Microsoft DirectX Graphics 3D Model Geometry
53 DirectX X Format x Microsoft DirectX Graphics Generic Data
54 Doom 3 Format md5 Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes
55 FBX Graphics Format fbx AutoDesk binary 3D Graphics Format with optional embedded textures
56 Irricht Mesh Format irrmesh Static Game Mesh similar to Collada
57 Irricht Scene Format irr Interactive Game Scene Export format
58 IVE OpenSceneGraph File Format ive OpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, version specific
59 Nendo Format ndo Proprietary 3D modeling and 3D painting package from IZWare
60 LightWave Object Format lwo LightWave Proprietary 3D Models with Materials, Texture
61 LightWave Scene Format lws LightWave Proprietary Scenes
62 Milkshape 3D Format ms3d Shareware low-polygon 3D modeling Application by Mete Ciragan
63 Modo Format lxo Proprietary Luxology Game System Scene File
64 Neutral File Format nnf RayTrace Program 3D Polygon Format
65 OSG Extendable ASCI Format osgt OpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
66 OSG Extendable Binary Format osgb OpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
67 OSG Extendable XML Format osgx OpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
68 OSG Native Format osg OpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, with Textures
69 OSGTGZ Compressed Format osgtgz OpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
70 Object File Format off Simple Surface Polygon Unstructured 3D ASCII format
71 Ogre Graphics Engine XML Format xml Open Source Game Rendering Engine 3D Model Format
72 OpenFlight Format flt Real-time Visual Simulation Scenes with Texture
73 OpenInventor 2.1 Compressed Format iv.gz Industry neutral interchange 3D graphics, similar to VRML, Textures
74 OpenInventor 2.1 Format iv Industry neutral interchange 3D graphics, similar to VRML, Textures
75 PDF Portable Document Format Template or 3D pdf ISO-32000 PDF Standard, with 3D Annotations, U3D or PRC
76 PovRAY Raw Format raw Triangular facet 3D geometry POV Ray Tracer
77 Quake I Format mdl Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, Historic
78 Quake II Format md2 Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, Historic
79 Quake III Map/BSP pk3 Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes – maps, textures
80 Quake III Mesh Format md3 Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, geometry, meshes
81 Quick3D Format q3s Proprietary Quick3D File Converter Application Native Format
82 Return to Castle Wolfenstein Format mdc Interactive Game Proprietary 3D Format
83 Sense8 WorldToolKit Format nff Historic ASCII 3D Format from 1990s
84 Starcraft II M3 Format m3 Proprietary Game Application 3D Actor Models
85 Terragen Terrain Format ter 3D Landscape Terrain Tile Format from Planetside Software
86 TrueSpace Format cob,scn Proprietary 3D Graphics Application from Caligary
87 Unreal Game Format 3d Proprietary Game Engine 3D Model Format
88 VRML Compressed Format wrz,vrml.gz Very Widely used 3D graphics exchange VRML97 Standard, v1.0 or 2.0
89 VRML Uncompressed Format wrl,vrml Very Widely used 3D graphics exchange, ArcScene, Pro/E, Textures
90 Valve Model Format smd,vta StudioMDL Proprietary Game Development ASCII 3D Model Format
91 VOXLER 2-4, Scene format iv Voxler Application from Golden Software 3D Scene Export (SGI version)
92 Wavefront Object Format obj Widely used 3D graphics exchange, 3DS Max, AutoCAD, Maya, Textures
93 XGL, ZGL Graphics Format xgl,zgl Aveva Plant 3D Scene Export, Inventor, Graphics dump
94 X3D Graphics Format x3d eXtensible 3D Graphics Format (XML variant of VRML97)

See release notes for current versions and support. Some formats may be available on limited platforms.