Adobe Systems has created a three-dimensional version of its Acrobat document design and management system to boost sales in the manufacturing sector.
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Acrobat 3D allows users to create a Portable Document Format (PDF) with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.
Recipients of Acrobat 3D files will need to use an upgrade to the free Adobe Reader 7 to view the documents.
The new package was specifically developed for manufacturers that regularly exchange CAD files in the design process.
The use of embedded 3D images, which people can rotate to view and add notes to, should speed the design process. Most designers currently send 2D images via e-mail.
Acrobat 3D has a number security features that allow users to restrict the copying of potentially valuable designs. It can display images from a number of major CAD programs.
Acrobat 3D costs £600. In addition to manufacturers, the product could also be used by architects and builders.