Basic Tools for viewing a 3D PDF File

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Comment by Nigel Gough on June 25, 2013 at 11:23pm

Hi Cadiva,

I am sure there are a variety of 3D PDF options, each with their own strengths and weakness's.

However just to present another possible option you may want to look at Simlabs


Simlabs machine locked licence is $99.00 and a floating licence is $299.00.

Tetra's licence packaged with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro is listed $996.00.  I would be looking closely to see just what was the choice appropriate to your needs.


Comment by Cadiva Jones on June 24, 2013 at 12:15pm

Thanks for the update!


Comment by Hayley Baker on June 24, 2013 at 10:04am
Comment by Hayley Baker on June 24, 2013 at 10:03am


The new release for the 3D PDF converter from Tetra 4d now supports Acrobat Pro XI (version 11). If you haven't tried the 3D PDF converter from Tetra 4d there's a free trial available so you can check it out. The converter supports multiple different types of 3D file formats for import so its a universal tool you can use to store and share any of your 3D data. 

Comment by Nigel Gough on June 20, 2013 at 9:17pm

Hi Cadiva,

In this particular case the file conversion was done using Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8.  At that stage Rhino 3 was supported as a direct import. With the new files in Rhino 4 & 5 I simply stripped the unnecessary parts off the model then saved as a Rhino 3 file. The software is no longer supported on my new PC so I have switched across to Simlab 3D PDF convertor that works natively in Rhino .


I’m still getting used to it, so I can’t vouch for it at this stage.


As to you question on Adobe Acrobat Pro XI (11) I’m not sure what sort of import file formats it supports, but I would be surprised if you couldn’t find a file format out of Rhino that wouldn’t do the trick. ( eg File save to 3ds or dwg. perhaps.)



Nigel Gough.

Comment by Cadiva Jones on June 20, 2013 at 11:53am

I have Adobe Acrobat Pro XI (11) - I'm not seeing where I can select .3dm model type for import.  How are you getting the data in?


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