PDF3D Integration Supports Coin3D Open-Source License Transition

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The PDF3D® toolkit provides a wrapper for open-source Coin3D following migration to a community license

The well-established Coin3D© Open Inventor software system from Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies (Kongsberg) has migrated to open source with revised BSD version 3 licensing terms. Endorsing continued use of Coin3D for commercial 3D technical publishing, Visual Technology Services provides 3D PDF interactive report generation systems compatible with the latest open community edition of Coin3D. The Coin3D wrapper interface to PDF3D® for scene graph capture, Open Inventor 2.1 (*.iv) and VRML (*.wrl) files is available for commercial systems integration. The well-established integration to Coin3D is packaged in three configurations: the PDF3DReportGen™ end-user desktop application, the PDF3DXmlServer™ for enterprise server document generation, and PDF3D-SDK™ for direct integration into Coin3D-based interactive applications by connecting to a live scene-tree root node, operating as converter to 3D PDF.

The 3D content is encoded into highly compressed PRC provisional ISO-14739 structures within PDF documents, suitable for viewing in the free Adobe® Reader. Coin3D scene files of several hundred megabytes can be encoded into interactive 3D PDF files of just a few megabytes enabling easy mail transport to colleagues. Coin3D scenes containing geometric surfaces, wire-frames, grids, lighting, camera, texture, points clouds, text annotations and movement are published in interactive 3D PDF document form using the PDF3D systems (see: coin3d.org).

Open Inventor frameworks are available as both commercial and open source community supported implementations. Coin3D is currently the most well established and mature open source implementation for Open Inventor 2.1.

The PDF3D wrapper for Coin3D is currently used for commercial technical 3D reporting work-flows in life sciences, marine, civil, environmental engineering, earth resource exploration, astronomy, numerical modelling, and general scientific data visualization reporting. Distributing 3D PDF reports enables faster decision making and lower project costs through improved team collaboration.

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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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