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

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