Adobe has released the 3D version of Adobe Acrobat, called appropriately enough Adobe Acrobat 3D. The new desktop software that helps extend document-based 3D design collaboration to virtually anyone across and beyond global organizations. With Acrobat 3D, design engineering, technical publishing and creative professionals in manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace machinery, as well as the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market, can easily convert 3D models from a wide variety of major computer-aided design (CAD) formats and embed them into Adobe PDF files—regardless of whether they have CAD software.
The capabilities of Acrobat 3D go much further, enabling users to enhance the interactivity of 3D objects in PDF documents by editing lighting, adding textures and materials, and creating animations such as assembly and disassembly instructions. When enabled by Acrobat 3D, Adobe Reader users have the ability to view product structure and leverage commenting, measurement and cross-section tools directly on 3D objects in Adobe PDF files. Harnessing Acrobat 3D, engineering professionals can now quickly share 3D CAD data with project team members, without the need for recipients to have CAD viewers or applications.
Interesting software for engineers and techies alike; the full press release is posted here.