Adobe Delivers Updated CAD Translators for Acrobat 3D Software

Adobe has announced the immediate availability of a free download for Adobe Acrobat 3D software that delivers updated 3D computer-aided design (CAD) translators. As a result, Acrobat 3D now supports many of the latest versions of major CAD file formats, enabling users to easily convert 3D models from those formats to more secure and widely adopted PDF regardless of whether they have CAD software. The updated translators leverage technology Adobe gained as part of its April 2006 acquisition of privately held Trade & Technologies France, a company whose technology is used by many leading CAD, computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided engineering developers.

Among the updated file formats supported are those for Dassault Systemes CATIA, PTC Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, and UGS NX and I-deas. After converting 3D models from those formats to PDF, extended project teams can leverage Acrobat 3D to more quickly, securely and cost-effectively drive to completion critical communication processes that require 3D visualization and collaboration. For example, design engineers and others in areas such as automotive, aerospace and heavy machinery can enable suppliers, partners and customers to participate in a more efficient document review process simply by using free Adobe Reader software. Adobe Reader users can view product structure and, when enabled by Acrobat 3D, have the ability to use commenting, measurement and cross-section tools directly on 3D objects in PDF files.

Acrobat 3D Version 8, a major upgrade announced in Sept. 2006, will include the CAD translators provided as part of this update. The upcoming version will deliver enhanced capabilities for producing highly compressed PDF documents with precise geometry from large, complex CAD assemblies. The product will also enable users to distribute product manufacturing information used to convey geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, annotations, and dimensions directly on a 3D model in Adobe PDF. In addition, users will have the option of exporting precise data from PDF into industry standard formats such as STEP, IGES and Parasolid for use in CAM and CAE applications.

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