The first version of PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D is now available

Darmstadt, 1 February 2011 – PROSTEP AG is today unveiling the first version of its own PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D for Adobe® LiveCycle®, which replaces what was previously the Adobe LiveCycle PDF Generator 3D ES2 software. The Darmstadt-headquartered company, which specializes in business management services and engineering solutions, licensed the underlying technology from Adobe Software Inc. several months ago and used it as the basis for developing the new 3D PDF solution, which is now available. PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D allows 3D CAD models and other engineering data to be extracted automatically from the respective CAD, PLM or ERP systems and merged in a PDF document so that other departments or outside partners can view and work with them using the standard Adobe Reader®. The new PROSTEP product is now available for global distribution.

PROSTEP is Adobe’s exclusive partner for the development and global marketing of 3D PDF enterprise solutions for the manufacturing industry. It is the only partner worldwide that can integrate other components from the Adobe LiveCycle ES2 platform in these solutions directly, e.g. for digital rights management or for activating additional functionality directly in Adobe Reader. The aim of this strategic collaboration between the two companies is to anchor 3D PDF technology in the machinery and plant engineering industry, the automotive industry, the aerospace industry and other branches of the manufacturing industry as the standard for the 3D communication and documentation of product data. PROSTEP is also working closely with the company TechSoft 3D, which develops PDF converters for the leading 3D CAD systems, to improve the quality of the converted model data and increase the possibilities for using this data in downstream departments.

PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D is the only software solution for the server-based conversion of 3D models and PLM metadata into 3D PDF documents worldwide that is fully integrated with the Adobe LiveCycle products. It is based on the Adobe LiveCycle ES2 platform and controls the centralized creation, merging, publication and archiving of engineering data from different sources in an open format that can be viewed and annotated with Adobe Reader. This means that no additional software tools are needed for communicating the data to other departments or to partners outside the company.

The use of 3D PDF technology makes an important contribution to improving and speeding up communication processes and decision-making processes within a company and extended networks of companies, while at the same time appropriate protection mechanisms provide for improved control over mission-critical information.


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PROSTEP AG is recognized as the leading PLM integration specialist in the area of product data integration. The company offers customers from the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and mechanical engineering industries – including EADS/AIRBUS, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler –  integration solutions for CAD, PDM and supplier communication, thus making e-engineering a reality.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 280 in Germany, France and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Bexbach, Hamburg, Hanover, Koblenz, Munich, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Wuppertal, as well as Lyon and Toulouse (France) and Troy, Michigan (USA).

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