Export 3D view to PDF-embeddable U3D format?

pgeezerpgeezer Global Mapper UserPosts: 9
edited September 2011 in Suggestion Box
Hello,

Would like to be able to do embed 3D models into PDF documents. To do this, I would need to export the 3D view to U3D.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEuCA22Eq1s

What do you think?

Comments

  • global_mapperglobal_mapper Administrator Posts: 17,238
    edited March 2010
    Support for U3D PDF files is definitely something for the longer-term todo list. Our current PDF library does not support U3D.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Support
    support@globalmapper.com
  • pgeezerpgeezer Global Mapper User Posts: 9
    edited March 2010
    Support for U3D PDF files is definitely something for the longer-term todo list. Our current PDF library does not support U3D.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Support
    support@globalmapper.com

    Thanks for quick response Mike,

    I think I could build PDFs with Adobe Acrobat or LaTeX if Global Mapper exported just the .U3D models. It might make more sense to export the models without the PDF hassle anyway: let the user worry about embedding them, sizing them, etc in PDF.

    The libraries for U3D are here at Sourceforge:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/u3d/

    Dry reading about specs here (not sure if it matters):
    http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-363.htm

    Edit: Acrobat says it "can create 3D PDFs but only from U3D ECMA 1 files". I figured out how to place the U3D file. Latex uses something called movie15 to embed the U3D. Again, I think the user should have to deal with the document embedding and layout.
  • global_mapperglobal_mapper Administrator Posts: 17,238
    edited March 2010
    Thanks for the links. I will add U3D support to our todo list. Once that is done then it should be relatively simple to put that in a PDF file.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Support
    support@globalmapper.com
  • pgeezerpgeezer Global Mapper User Posts: 9
    edited March 2010
    W00t! This will make my reports pretty spanky when it comes out! With Acrobat it's as simple as drawing a box on the page and picking the .U3D file to put in it.

    A PDF created in Latex:
    http://www.tug.org/texshowcase/Laurana.pdf
  • global_mapperglobal_mapper Administrator Posts: 17,238
    edited March 2010
    That is very cool. I hadn't seen the 3D support in a PDF yet, but it is very impressive.

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Global Mapper Support
    support@globalmapper.com
  • ScottyScotty Global Mapper User Posts: 9
    edited September 2011
    Just a thread bump and another vote to be able to embed 3D models into Adobe PDF documents. I hope it migrates up near the top portion of the to do list...
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