Adobe introduces Acrobat 3D

By Derek Sooman on January 24, 2006, 2:31 PM
Adobe Systems has introduced Acrobat 3D – a product aimed at accelerating the process of designing and building products. The software allows manufacturing companies to author, edit and distribute documents that offer many of the same functions available in CAD programs. Acrobat 3D is built on the same technology as the company's existing Acrobat products and Breeze collaboration software.

Using Acrobat 3D, engineers can forward three dimensional images created in CAD programs that can be read by anyone with a current version of the freely available Acrobat reader, instead of necessitating a license to one of the expensive, specialized design programs.

By partnering with many of the CAD market's leading players, such as Autodesk Inc. and UGS Corp., said Adobe Product Manager Rak Bhalla, the software makes it seems as if someone viewing the files in Acrobat 3D is using the actual programs the files were built in.

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MonkeyMan said:
Wow, this is indeed very interesting. I think that for the most part, this should be beneficial for Adobe users. The more modifications you have, the more creative you can be with whatever your making.
flipi said:
This is a very good news for us CAD users, as I am one of them. After the best photo manipulation software there is we get another beautifull surprise from this name. All I hope that it will be as well implemented as pdf standards are.
PUTALE said:
saw the news yesterday. I guess we'll have to wait to see the real usage and whether or not it's a good stuff.
nathanskywalker said:
WEll, if you want to buy it... [url][/url]
quote]"With 3D, the person looking at the file can do almost anything someone using that sort of application can do, in terms of looking at a 3D image, rotating it, zooming in on something or even taking a cross section."[/quote]Versatile is good. So is security...[quote]The package also gives manufacturing companies the ability to control which elements of a design might, or might not be shared in such a document, making it harder in theory for rivals or partners to copy specifics from files distributed for various business purposes.[/quote]So basically if a designer wanted to edit, view, or examine in detail something directly in the article, he could. Instead of having a whole different program to edit the imaging, the image can simply be stored in the document. I like it.
mav451 said:
Pretty cool. I can see this definitely helping out the engineering school, though the program at UMD is still kinda lacking in CAD classes (one measly course in the winter).
mentaljedi said:
Very nice. I would use it if i could afford it or knew how to use it or had a purpose for it. Adobe has realeased a good product but we'll have to wait and see, won't we?
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