Illu3D Tilman Jean-Christophe
3D for the web
With a PDF 3D, you can show your products in full 3D to your client,
and decide him to buy it !
"How many people will be able to see my 3D product ?" The most useful actually is to use a good old simple PDF reader. Actually, 95% of the Internet users have an Acrobat Reader installed, able to open a PDF document. Since 2009, Acrobat is fully compatible with 3D! How does it work ? The only thing you need to open a PDF 3D file is an Acrobat Reader 9 (or higher). Acrobat will detect automatically the 3D file and will open a special toolbar so to enjoy all the magic options of a full 3D environment. Your client is able to turn around your product, zoom in, open an exploded view (ideal for spare-parts ordering), change the light environment, switch to a transparent mode (to see the internal components), or even to make a "cut-out" section.
"Will my customer be able to copy my product with all these 3D data's ?" No, not at all. Because it is a PDF document, it is not possible to recuperate the 3D information. The security is the same as for the PDF technically sheets or draft that you use actually. And don't forget, you can choose what you show to your customers. If you want to keep a component secret, it will simply not appear in the 3D file.
Try it now by yourself, and open the PDF 3D of this water-faucet : (Acrobat reader 9 or higher).
PDF 3D, how does it work exactly ?
- First of all, remember your client needs Acrobat reader, at least its version n°9 ( edited on July 2008 ). Acrobat Reader is completely free and very popular. This link will guide you for a download of its latest version if necessary.
- The PDF 3D document must be opened in Acrobat Reader itself, and not in your browser ( Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc ... ). Some browsers will open the PDF's directly in one of their windows. The 3D is then not visible. However, the opening of Acrobat can be automatically forced.
- It is absolutely possible to integrate the page with the 3D object in an existing "classic" PDF document. So that you can have an introduction page with a rendering picture of your product, or integrate a 3D object in your existing datasheet.
- Once your 3D document opened, you have direct access to all the functions of the PDF 3D, and you can freely move the 3D object. View these functions.
- Underneath the window, a series of squares will lead you to the different views , finish, aspect or color of your 3D object
- Above the window, a toolbar for the rendering, light, and cutting plane controls
- The button "Views" gives you the opportunity to choose the one you want, and also "special" exploded views with for instance references noted on the different parts of your product.
- Finally, the "product tree" icon shows all the different parts of the product ordered in a list. Each independent part can be isolated and viewed separately. Back to top
PDF 3D technology isn't yet much used as an Internet content, but was up to now rather an engineering way of communicating. But this technology is a wonderful way to communicate product information to your client and on retail sites.. Back to top
Free rotation zone
Versions and finish choice
Cutting plane controle
Product components controle
View and versions controle
Position and rotation controle