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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #99: Editing in Adobe 3D Reviewer

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Adobe 3D Reviewer is a separate application that's installed with Acrobat Pro Extended. In this How-To, Donna L. Baker describes some of the uses of Adobe 3D Reviewer for working with 3D files.
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Adobe 3D Reviewer is a separate application that's installed with Acrobat Pro Extended. To open 3D Reviewer outside Acrobat Pro Extended, choose Start > Programs > Adobe 3D Reviewer. If you're working with a model in Acrobat Pro Extended, you can right-click the model and choose Edit in 3D Reviewer.

You can use Adobe 3D Reviewer to work with 3D files in many ways:

  • Merge CAD files
  • Compare and measure exact geometry
  • Calculate bounding box and physical properties
  • Move and delete parts
  • Add animations
  • Create exploded views and bills of material
  • Export to common 3D formats such as Universal 3D (U3D) and raster and vector 2D image files

In the example shown in Figure 1, the model is being animated by using one of Adobe 3D Reviewer's default animation routines.

Figure 1

Figure 1 Use the features in Adobe 3D Reviewer to modify an existing model; for example, by adding animation.

Making Your Way Around Adobe 3D Reviewer

At first glance (and even second and third), Adobe 3D Reviewer can seem rather daunting. Fortunately, the program offers a number of workspaces designed for different types of workflows. To select one, choose Workspace > Toolbar Presets and then select an option. Choose from these layouts:

  • Visualization. This is the default set of toolbars, which includes tools used for viewing 3D assemblies and parts. This configuration displays the Standard, 3D Controls, Default Views, Display Mode, Selection Filters, Hide/Show, and View/Configuration toolbars.
  • Design Review. This layout contains tools used for reviewing design projects, such as bounding boxes, markups, and dimensioning tools. This configuration displays the Design Review, Positioning, and Axis toolbars.
  • Technical Documentation. This layout is used chiefly by technical writers for building illustrations and animations for manuals and guides. The Play Animation and Snapshot tools are displayed.

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