Being able to convert an Autocad or Revit model to a 3D PDF is so valuable. 3rd party pluging are worthless beacause:
1) they need to be installed
2) they cost money
3) you need administrator priviledges
4) time to configure & learn
5) clients are not willing to jump through hoops
6) fear of installing something new on a company laptop.
With Adobe 9 Extended Pro, it is as easy as:
1) exporting from Autocad or Revit to IFC.
2) opening up Adobe and importing IFC
3) creating PDF and saving
4) opening up new PDF and "enabling" so the basic Adobe Reader can have all the "bels & whistles". Then saving again.
I managed to get a copy and it is so worth it and valuable. It's really priceless!!
I guess I'm unobservant. Someone was talking about 4D and I didn't catch that. I'm just dealing with 3D, but, 4D is a 3D model that has intellegent information along with it, such as the ability to access schedules and quantities.
Jim Merry here from Tetra 4D. We at Tetra 4D are ex-Adobe folks who spun out with the 3D Converstion technology formerly available in Acrobat Pro Extended version 9 (APEX 9). APEX 9 cost about $899 and I believe you can still buy it but the 3D converters are stale; they were last updated in fall of 2009 and will not be updated any further. Tetra 4D's 3D PDF Converter is built on the Adobe APEX 9 core technology but it has been updated it and improved. We sell it as a plug-in for Acrobat X Pro. The combination of Acrobat X Pro + Tetra 4D's 3D Converter is in the same ballpark as APEX 9 cost.
This workflow of Revit > FBX > 3DSMax > 3DS mesh > 3DPDF
requires Adobe Acrobat Pro EXTENDED version 9, not Acrobat Pro. Acrobat Pro only reads U3D and PRC 3D formats. You need the extended version to get the 3D conversion capabilities. (Also - APEX v9 supported 3D DWG.)
If you are using Acrobat X Pro, you will need our 3D PDF Converter (from Tetra 4D www.tetra4d.com). Also - we have a labs release of an Add-in for Revit that exports from Revit to 3D PDF directly.
Why i like 3D!
3D technology can offer a interactive experience which stimulates my interest with my model presentations to my clients. You have the ability to show and apply concepts more easily with your customers with software communication. Any interactive content that I can use gains power when it gains a dimension. Let your customer experience the different dimensions when applying 3D technology and modeling to your design..
To follow further post I like to use 3D PDF for Revit plug-in for sharing to my colleges and customers. You can download trial at www.3dasystems.com
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