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PDF3D Release Marks 10 Years of Continuous Innovation for Technical Reporting Workflows

Leading 3D PDF software vendor Visual Technology Services today announced V2.13.8, an update for their entire product suite as the culmination of a decade of continuous development.

London, UK, December 12th, 2016 – Visual Technology Services, developers of the popular 3D PDF conversion and reporting tools, have released PDF3D V2.13.8, their latest update after 10 years of continuous innovation supporting a […]

Moving ISO Standards Forward in Preparation for PDF 2.0

As a UK representative for PDF standards, I’ve just returned from the first of two week-long annual meetings called informally PDF ISO Week.

The meeting is attended by a select group of individuals from around the world, including representatives from Adobe, who come together to form an ISO committee that contributes to the evolution of PDF standards including PDF, PDF/E, PDF/A, […]

Understanding how PDF/E, U3D and PRC are related to 3D PDF

Researching the relationship between PDF/E, U3D, PRC and 3D PDF in general is not that easy, without diving into complex standards specifications, but if you are a developer and would like to understand what each of these brings to the world of the 3D PDF, this article clarifies the whys and whats of each.

Today most 3D PDF files found “in […]

News From PDF Week, Switzerland November 2015

As the British representative for 3D PDF standards on behalf of the UK’s BSI, I was again invited to attend PDF week in November 2015 to join peers from around the world to discuss the future advancements of PDF.

The meeting is always an interesting one, and an enjoyable experience to meet up with others equally enthusiastic about PDF technology.

The meeting, […]

About U3D

Universal 3D (U3D) Format
U3D is a 3D data structure and file format, one of two systems used in 3D PDF documents. Along side PRC, U3D is the historical foundation used to embed 3D interactive data and models into a PDF file. A PDF file containing U3D based 3D model can be viewed in using the Adobe Reader as well as other tools. […]

About PRC

PRC 3D Format
PRC (Product Representation Compact) is a 3D data structure and file format, one of two systems used in 3D PDF documents. Along side U3D, PRC is now the preferred and most feature-rich method to embed 3D interactive data and models into a PDF file. A PDF file containing PRC based 3D model can be viewed in using the Adobe Reader as well as […]

PDF3D Accelerate Update With Advanced PRC Features for 3D PDF

As leaders in 3D PDF conversion and publishing software, PDF3D has accelerated their latest version update two months ahead of schedule to bring advanced PRC technology to CAD users.

London, UK, September 03, 2014 – Originally scheduled for November 2014, the developers at PDF3D have accelerated production of their latest version update with even more features than initially planned – the most exciting of those […]

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 […]