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Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 12:51:56 AM | Materials within 3D PDF's




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I've been reading a lot of info (from many forums) about the apparent chaos around 3D PDF's (from software types, to Adobe's Acrobat updates that seem to go backwards in 3D features!?) but I'm still confused on the materials aspect...

For our own workflow, we'd simply like to export a file from either Revit/3DS Max, to a 3D PDF. I've learnt a bunch of different ways to do this including .ifc, .dwf, .3ds, and we've had reasonable success with importing the files and event getting some colour from materials - but our only snag is the fact that images do not transfer... (such as signage graphics etc.).

I'm fine to learn that it's just not possible, and we've gone as far as we can


perhaps it is and we've missed something? Any extra thoughts/tips would be appreciated.Thanks, Simon.


Note that we want to avoid additional software/costs like Right Hemisphere etc.

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Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 5:48:58 PM | Materials within 3D PDF's




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The latest version of 3D PDF for Revit 2014 includes some major improvements to textures and materials. It allows you to create 3D PDFs directly from the Revit Add-Ins menu, where you can accurately export all 3D model elements including structure, color and texture to 3D PDF. We've created a sample PDF with new release of the software which you can take a look at here. One aspect that we've had requests for is more realistic looking glass, which we think we have accomplished, but would like to hear your feedback. Try out the latest software for yourself with free trial.


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Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 6:23:27 PM | Materials within 3D PDF's



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Any free and non-expiring versions out there?  I remember Adobe having one where you just had to drag and drop a .dwf into it, hit save and boom, done.  I remember shortly after being able to do that the next version of Acrobat Pro came out and they apparently put the kabosh on that handy little feature.  Patent right infringement?  Or does Adobe still allow it but you have to have some plugin for it?

Attempting to use Design Review (for free) ever since, but contractors and owners are hesitant to "download and install" anything.  :S


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Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:46:47 AM | Materials within 3D PDF's




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i would like to contribute, but if my explanation is longer than this line, i lose the "submit" button...???

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Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:00:06 PM | Materials within 3D PDF's



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Some browser's have that problem - mine does.  Hit return or back arrow until you see the submit.

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