PDF3D Reaches New Heights of Usability and Performance with Security Control and PMI Annotation

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PDF3D® version 2.2.1 from Visual Technology Services includes enhanced security encryption to AES-256 methods, PMI annotation generation with XML server controls, an expansion of geospatial grid and point cloud import formats and general performance enhancements to improve speed and generate smaller files.

In the PDF3D® version 2.2.1, Visual Technology Services has introduced an updated PDF3D platform (http://www.pdf3d.com) by adding improvements with a focus on new methods for viewing, controlling and manipulating 3D models within the 3D PDF view port along with general 2D PDF technical report generation enhancements, enabling enhanced collaboration, integration pathways and ease of use for its users.
The key enhancements are:

  •     Security Control using enhanced AES 256 strong encryption methods in PDF generation
  •     PMI and GD&T annotation for 3D models with custom detail views for improved labeling
  •     Improved PRC encoding with faster processing and improved memory efficiency
  •     Part Isolated Views for complex assemblies
  •     Medical Applications Anatomical views
  •     Geospatial USGS Digital Elevation Model file type (.dem) and LAS LiDAR formats

Ian Curington, CEO of Visual Technology Services, tries to encapsulate the diverse changes and additions in the new version of PDF3D by saying: “the new version represents enhancements in usability, performance, image quality & control, security and broader functionality in many key areas across the entire PDF3D family of products”.

Visual Technology Services puts a priority on 3D content distribution and collaborative team work-flows among decision makers. PDF3D version 2.2.1 has given special emphasis on security by adding the AES encryption method with dynamic signature 256-bit key length that allows the users to produce secure encrypted PDFs using the latest publishing methods.

The new release provides important functional improvements in overall usability from 3D Data and lossless transform to PDF files making this release another success for setting the global standard in PDF publishing. It has added PMI and GD&T annotation options, co-ordinate axes scale bar and North compass for GIS-like notations.

The original 3D data transformed or converted to 3D PDF can now be enriched through PMI or GD&T annotations with custom isolated detail views for improved model labeling. The new View Dependent Node Visibility Tag system allows specifying isolated part views with part-specific annotations and opacity information. This system controls the part assemblies with or without PMI.

The PDF3D ParaView plug-in has been ported to additional platforms and now supports both 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems, with a number of internal enhancements such as time sequence and slice animation to improve quality and usability. Early feedback on the ParaView plug-in from research and engineering consultancy organizations is extremely positive on its usability and value for effective collaboration and communication.

About PDF3D
PDF3D (http://www.pdf3d.com) is an innovative independent 3D technical publishing technology for 3D models viewable in PDF documents. Covering a wide range of applications from geospatial, geology, aerospace, architecture, product packaging, and online sales & marketing, PDF3D makes it practical to distribute interactive 3D documents to everyone with the free Adobe Reader.


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