File Formats

File Formats

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





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
8Movie.BYU Geometry FormatbyuHistoric FEA Mesh Geometry Interchange
9Polygon File Format StanfordplySurface, Line & Point Open Academic and Research Exchange
10PRC Product Representation Compact FormatprcISO 14739-1 3D Model used in 3D PDF context as interactive view
11STEP AP214 3D Model Interchangestp,stepIndustry Interoperability Model Exchange, PLM, CAD Applications
12Stereolithography ASCII Multi-part File FormatstlaCAD-CAM, 3D Printing, Triangle Mesh Surfaces, Geometry Only
13Stereolithography Binary File FormatstlbCAD-CAM, 3D Printing, Single Triangle Mesh, Geometry Only
14Stereolithography STL File Format w/Colorstl3D Printing, Triangle Geometry, Scanners, CAD, Materialise Magics
15U3D Universal 3D Interchange Formatu3dECMA 363 used in 3D PDF context as interactive view
Analysis Data
16AVS/Express UCD FormatinpAdvanced Visual Systems Proprietary, Unstructured Mesh & Attributes
17COMSOL Simulation Results Formatdat,txt,mphtxtCOMSOL Proprietary Mesh & Result Plot Output Format
18Protein Data Bank Molecular FormatpdbChemistry, Research, Academic, well established database
19VTK PolyData FormatvtpVisualization Toolkit polygon surface data, science, engineering
20VTK Model File FormatvtkVisualization Toolkit mesh, element, multi-attribute 2D & 3D data
Images & Video
21Flash Animations or Movie clipsswfVideo, Movie, Animation, Creative Suite, MacroMedia, Adobe
22Raster Image Filespng,jpg,tif,bmpUniversal standard image file formats, monochrome, color, alpha
23ArcGIS Geospatial Grid FormatascArcGIS Proprietary ASCII Grid Raster Elevation Data
24ESRI ArcGIS Geospatial Vector ShapesshpArcGIS Proprietary ShapeFile for Vector Features, 2D or 3D
25GeoTIFF Geospatial Image and Grid Data Formattif, tiffWell-known TIFF image with additional Geographic coordinates included
26GeoVRML Geospatial Formatwrl, vrmlVRML97 extended to include geographic coordinate systems, ArcScene
27IMAGINE Multi-Channel Image or Elevation GridsimgHexagon Geospatial raster format for image and attribute data
28KML Geospatial Vector FeatureskmlXML based mark-up for geospatial features, ArcGIS, Google Earth
29LAS Well Log (Subset)lasOil industry well log, complex borehole data, simple subset
30LiDAR LAS File Format v1,2,3lasPoint Cloud Industry Interchange Format, Space, Airborne & Terrestrial
31LiDAR LAZ Compressed FormatlazVery good compressed optimization option for LAS data
32Point Cloud Formatscsv,pts,xyz3D points, ASCII, from LiDAR, Laser, point sample systems
33Point Cloud with Color or attributexyzrgb, stzi3D points, ASCII with intensity or full RGB Color per point
34ReCAP RCS point cloud formatrcs3D points, Binary with optional full RGB Color per point
35e57 Point Cloud formate573D points, Binary optional full RGB Color per point
36PROJ Geographic Projection FormatprojGeographic coordinate mapping data to place corresponding models
37Surfer Grid FormatgrdSurfer from Golden Software Proprietary raster elevation grid data
38Surfer Colormap FormatclrSurfer from Golden Software Proprietary color classification files
39USGS DEM Geospatial Grid File FormatdemElevation grid data for terrains, bathymetry, raster data
40World Geographic Coordinate Filejpw,pgw,tfwGeographic coordinate mapping data to place corresponding images
41ZMapPlus Geospatial Grid Field FormatdatEarth Science Subsurface Horizon Data, ZYCOR, Historic Data Exchange
3D Graphics
423D GameStudio 3DGS FormatmdlGamestudio Development & Authoring Application for Games
433D GameStudio 3DGS Terrain FormathmpGamestudio Development Application Terrain Landscape Data
4430 Studio MAX Format3dsWidely used 3D graphics exchange, 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD, Textures
453ds Max ASE FormataseAutoDesk 3DS Max Proprietary 3D Model Format (subset)
46AC3D Inivis FormatacAC3D Proprietary Model Creation and Editing 3D Format
47ANSYS Workbench Viewer FileavzCAE Visualization results format used by ANSYS Viewer application
48Blender 3D FormatblendBlender CAD Application Design Native 3D Model Format
49BlitzBasic 3D Formatb3bInteractive Game & Scene Environment System
50Collada COLLAborative Design Activity FormatdaeIndustry interchange rich 3D graphics, 3DS Max, Maya, Sketchup, Textures
51Design Workshop DatabasedwAEC DesignWorkshop 3D modeling program for architectural design
52DirectX 3D Model FormatxMicrosoft DirectX Graphics 3D Model Geometry
53DirectX X FormatxMicrosoft DirectX Graphics Generic Data
54Doom 3 Formatmd5Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes
55FBX Graphics FormatfbxAutoDesk binary 3D Graphics Format with optional embedded textures
56Irricht Mesh FormatirrmeshStatic Game Mesh similar to Collada
57Irricht Scene FormatirrInteractive Game Scene Export format
58IVE OpenSceneGraph File FormativeOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, version specific
59Nendo FormatndoProprietary 3D modeling and 3D painting package from IZWare
60LightWave Object FormatlwoLightWave Proprietary 3D Models with Materials, Texture
61LightWave Scene FormatlwsLightWave Proprietary Scenes
62Milkshape 3D Formatms3dShareware low-polygon 3D modeling Application by Mete Ciragan
63Modo FormatlxoProprietary Luxology Game System Scene File
64Neutral File FormatnnfRayTrace Program 3D Polygon Format
65OSG Extendable ASCI FormatosgtOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
66OSG Extendable Binary FormatosgbOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
67OSG Extendable XML FormatosgxOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
68OSG Native FormatosgOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, with Textures
69OSGTGZ Compressed FormatosgtgzOpenSceneGraph Framework Scene Format, open serialization
70Object File FormatoffSimple Surface Polygon Unstructured 3D ASCII format
71Ogre Graphics Engine XML FormatxmlOpen Source Game Rendering Engine 3D Model Format
72OpenFlight FormatfltReal-time Visual Simulation Scenes with Texture
73OpenInventor 2.1 Compressed Formativ.gzIndustry neutral interchange 3D graphics, similar to VRML, Textures
74OpenInventor 2.1 FormativIndustry neutral interchange 3D graphics, similar to VRML, Textures
75PDF Portable Document Format Template or 3DpdfISO-32000 PDF Standard, with 3D Annotations, U3D or PRC
76PovRAY Raw FormatrawTriangular facet 3D geometry POV Ray Tracer
77Quake I FormatmdlInteractive Game Proprietary Scenes, Historic
78Quake II Formatmd2Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, Historic
79Quake III Map/BSPpk3Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes – maps, textures
80Quake III Mesh Formatmd3Interactive Game Proprietary Scenes, geometry, meshes
81Quick3D Formatq3sProprietary Quick3D File Converter Application Native Format
82Return to Castle Wolfenstein FormatmdcInteractive Game Proprietary 3D Format
83Sense8 WorldToolKit FormatnffHistoric ASCII 3D Format from 1990s
84Starcraft II M3 Formatm3Proprietary Game Application 3D Actor Models
85Terragen Terrain Formatter3D Landscape Terrain Tile Format from Planetside Software
86TrueSpace Formatcob,scnProprietary 3D Graphics Application from Caligary
87Unreal Game Format3dProprietary Game Engine 3D Model Format
88VRML Compressed Formatwrz,vrml.gzVery Widely used 3D graphics exchange VRML97 Standard, v1.0 or 2.0
89VRML Uncompressed Formatwrl,vrmlVery Widely used 3D graphics exchange, ArcScene, Pro/E, Textures
90Valve Model Formatsmd,vtaStudioMDL Proprietary Game Development ASCII 3D Model Format
91VOXLER 2-4, Scene formativVoxler Application from Golden Software 3D Scene Export (SGI version)
92Wavefront Object FormatobjWidely used 3D graphics exchange, 3DS Max, AutoCAD, Maya, Textures
93XGL, ZGL Graphics Formatxgl,zglAveva Plant 3D Scene Export, Inventor, Graphics dump
94X3D Graphics Formatx3deXtensible 3D Graphics Format (XML variant of VRML97)

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