August 27, 2007
Product Review: Adobe Acrobat 3D V8
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It’s pretty evident that a lot of thought and work have gone into Acrobat 3D on several different levels – from the user interface to raw functionality. This could very well be the “production-ready” product that propels Acrobat out of its historic documentation market and into true engineering collaboration and the manufacturing market.
it’s a start, and a welcome beginning to those who have to deal with myriad MCAD file formats for myriad users. Adobe did this years ago with PostScript for documents. Maybe it can repeat its success with Acrobat 3D, supplanting IGES and STEP with a compact file formats.
In a nutshell, below are some of the aspects of Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8 that I experienced:
The ability to create and send a PDF of a model instead of model files containing intellectual property and/or proprietary information
The model PDF is read-only with the ubiquitous Acrobat Reader
Imports native SolidWorks, STEP, and Parasolid well
Level of output detail and accuracy can be set – U3D faceted (optimized performance) or PRC (greater tolerances and accuracy)
Ability to export a solid from a PDF
Adding comments and marking-up models Model rotating, highlighting, and changing color
Possible problems with large assemblies
Drawings cannot be imported
Rotating models can be challenging
Zooming can fail if zoomed in too close
Security capabilities are limited. For example, measure function cannot be disabled.
Some Parasolid imports placed parts in incorrect positions relative to origin of original model
Surfaces are sometimes imported when function is turned off
Pricey - twice as expensive as Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional
$995 for the full version; $295 for upgrade from the previous version of Acrobat 3D; $545 for upgrade from Acrobat 8.0 Professional.
The Week’s Top 5
At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.
3D CAD Downloads Drive Purchases and Supplier Selection
Catalog Data Solutions (CDS) announced the results of a user survey conducted for J.W. Winco, Inc. CAD download customers. J.W. Winco Inc. provides a comprehensive selection of quality metal and plastic, metric and inch size standard machine components and assembly hardware. “Since implementing the CDS CAD solution in February of 2006, we are already seeing an average of over 850 downloads/month from our 18,000 CAD model library,” said John Winkler, J.W. Winco CEO, Office of the President. ”We and CDS wanted to find out what those CAD download customers thought – our survey revealed many insights and we’re delighted to share some of these:”
On average designers said that nearly half of downloaded 3D-CAD models result in at least one order for that part.
3D-CAD models save design time for 95% of designers (on average over ¾ hour per model and 9% of their total annual design time).
For 94% 3D-CAD model downloads help ensure design accuracy and minimize CAD errors.
For 82% downloadable 3D-CAD models get their designs to market faster.
75% thought that 3D-CAD model downloads are important, very or extremely important in their selection of a supplier.
If a vendor doesn’t offer 3D-CAD downloads – at least 40% of designers will search for an equivalent part from another vendor that does offer CAD downloads.
results online also receive a detailed report that contains information on material consumption, thinning distribution of the part, blank outline and optimal nesting layout. EasyBlank provides users with an early cost analysis, allowing the minimization of material costs and material usage and scrap.
CAE Unveils New Modelling and Simulation Software Company
CAE unveiled Presagis, its new modeling and simulation software company. CAE combined its acquisitions of Engenuity Technologies, MultiGen-Paradigm, TERREX, and an existing CAE commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software team, to create an independent, company specializing in COTS modeling and simulation software. By offering a unified product portfolio, Presagis will simplify the procurement and support of COTS modeling and simulation software for the aerospace and defense industries.
DesignCAD 3D MAX V18 Released
OneSpace Modeling Certified for Windows Vista
CoCreate Software announced that CoCreate OneSpace Modeling has received the Certified for Windows Vista logo. By meeting the standards of the Certified for Windows Vista logo program, CoCreate's OneSpace Modeling delivers better performance and enhanced security on PCs running the Windows Vista operating system. CoCreate OneSpace Modeling will now carry the Certified for Windows Vista logo, and deliver a premium Windows Vista experience.
By achieving the Certified for Windows Vista status, CoCreate OneSpace Modeling:
Is independently tested for compatibility and functionality on Windows Vista-based PCs.
Provides enhanced security by implementing Microsoft security guidelines.
Meets privacy standards set forth by the Anti-Spyware Coalition.
Ensures compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista.
Only Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone Microsoft compatibility tests for ease of use, better performance, and enhanced security on PCs running the Windows Vista operating system.
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Product Review: Adobe Acrobat 3D V8
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