AEC Tech News #15020 Jul, 2005 By: Michael Dakan
3D With ReachQuadriSpace extends 3D publishing capabilities to include Adobe PDF
and 3D Publishing
QuadriSpace has been providing 3D publishing solutions for a number of years, primarily software used by mechanical design engineers and technicians to create technical manuals and assembly drawings for mechanical design. First certified for use with SolidWorks and other solid modelers, QuadriSpace publishing software now supports other CAD formats and streamlines the workflow of publishing all sorts of technical documents, including drawings that are useful in the AEC world.
Using QuadriSpace applications, you can create documents for printing, interactive 3D models incorporated in Web pages, Macromedia Flash animated files, AVI animations and executable files, and you can publish to CD-ROM with a 3D reader incorporated. With the addition of the 3D PDF Module, you now can also publish directly to an Adobe PDF that includes embedded 3D objects.
QuadriSpace?s premier product suite, Document3D ($2,495), consists of three applications: Pages3D, Notes3D and Publisher3D. Each is also available as a separate and complementary module, but when purchased separately total more than $3,000.
Pages 3D. Pages3D ($1,595) is a complete authoring application for creating static and interactive documents containing 3D drawing information. 3D CAD models can be directly imported into Pages3D and incorporated in a document. Files that can be directly imported include those from SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD. Also supported are rendering files from Autodesk?s 3ds max and VIZ.
Pages3D publishes interactive QuadriSpace QSD format files for the Web as well as executable (EXE) files. You can also publish to CD-ROM or create publications for print. The viewer of a QSD Web page can interactively manipulate embedded 3D models to see various views using the free QuadriSpace Reader3D Active-x control.
3D. Notes3D ($495) adds the ability to create animated
drawings from imported CAD files to show assembly or disassembly
sequences and exploded views, for instance. In addition to creating
native QSD files, you can use it to publish files to Adobe U3D format
for manual use with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional. The U3D format
requires that you create a navigation control module in the Web page
Publisher 3D. Publisher3D ($995) is an add-on to Notes3D or Pages3D that lets you publish the completed, documented model as a static Web page, a high-resolution file format, an animated Macromedia Flash file or as an AVI animated file.
These applications are being used in the AEC world to create interactive presentations to illustrate design concepts, such as for modular design; assembly and construction details; design and construction phasing; and more.
Now QuadriSpace has announced the 3D PDF Module add-on ($295) for the Document3D applications. This new module allows the user to directly create Adobe PDF files that contain embedded 3D objects. File recipients using the free Adobe Reader 7 can view an Adobe PDF containing 3D object information and interactively manipulate the 3D model within the context of the rest of the document.
With the recent release of Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional, these 3D Adobe PDF files can be viewed and marked up by users of the free Adobe Reader 7 viewer. This greatly extends the usefulness of the QuadriSpace applications to include users of the popular Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader programs. Adobe states it has distributed more than a half-billion copies of the free Adobe Reader program since its introduction in 1993, so this new QuadriSpace functionality greatly extends the range of those able to view and interact with the QuadriSpace-created publications.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Dakan is an author and independent CAD and information technology consultant. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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