3D Assistant -- FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers Add-on

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Learn how U3D files (ECMA1/ECMA3) can be referenced in FrameMaker (using hypertext markers) with related views, links, bookmarks & JavaScripts, so that interactive 3D models, together with their specified features, are automatically present in the PDF file upon distilling with TimeSavers + 3D Assistant.

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3D Assistant -- FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers Add-on

  1. 1. 3D AssistantFrameMaker-to-AcrobatTimeSavers Add-onShlomo Perets, microtype.com
  2. 2. 1 Overview 3D models can enrich hardware docs: ■ Installation instructions ■ Service manuals ■ User tutorials ■ Part catalogs ■ Interactive electronic technical manuals
  3. 3. 2 Why use 3D (or multimedia)? ■ Accommodate different learning styles (visual demo vs. text-intensive) ■ International audience; reduces text translation/localization ■ “Internet generation” ■ Intuitive knowledge transfer to users ■ Processes/products can be difficult to describe, but easily understood visually
  4. 4. 3 Dynamic 3D in hardware docs A ■ Demonstration of part installation/ replacement ■ Part identification ■ “Physically impossible” demonstrations ■ Showcasing of color and finish options, configurations
  5. 5. 4 Dynamic 3D in hardware docs B ■ Empowering users so that they can investigate features, moving parts: ● Dynamic viewpoints / exploded views ● Motion and functional simulations ● Cross-sections ● Measuring ● Translucency & transparency to emphasize a part
  6. 6. 5 U3D File Format and Support for U3D in FM 8/9
  7. 7. 6 Universal 3D format (U3D) ■ Stores the essential 3D data necessary for downstream uses ■ Can be viewed on affordable, standard software/hardware platforms
  8. 8. 7 Creating U3D files ■ Export from 3D applications ■ Convert native 3D models to U3D using Acrobat 3D (3D Toolkit) or Acrobat 9 Pro Extended (PDF Reviewer) ● Possibly simplify the model ● Can add animations to U3D (3D Toolkit or Deep Exploration)
  9. 9. 8 Support for U3D in FM8/9 ■ Insert 3D models (U3D-ECMA1) in FM documents (File > Import > File) ■ Set parameters: (Graphics > 3D Menu) ● Background color ● Lighting ● Select default view ● Render modes ■ Use “Save as PDF” (only) to create PDFs with interactive 3D models
  10. 10. 9 Additional Features Using TimeSavers + 3D Assistant
  11. 11. 10 TimeSavers + 3D Asst A ■ Embed U3D (ECMA1 and ECMA3) through hypertext markers in FM files ● Define related views, bookmarks, links or JavaScript ● Applies to all FM versions ● U3D-ECMA3 features mesh compression (requires Acrobat/Reader 8 or higher)
  12. 12. 11 TimeSavers + 3D Asst B ■ Interactive 3D models, together with specified features, are automatically present in the PDF file upon distilling
  13. 13. 12 3D state and interactivity ■ Control 3D annotation state – 3D annotation can be active by default (when visible or when the page is opened) ■ 3D-related interactivity ● Optionally add links/bookmarks to 3D models, 3D views, model/part properties
  14. 14. 13 Defining 3D views Via a Views file, control: ■ Lighting ■ Render mode ■ Background color ■ Zoom ■ Field of view ■ Node visibility ■ Cross-section views
  15. 15. 14 3D user interface control ■ Control 3D toolbar – show or suppress toolbar interactivity ■ Control model tree
  16. 16. 15 3D JavaScript ■ Model-specific 3D JavaScript can control ● Animations ● Effects such as showing/hiding/highlighting parts, rotating, displaying custom menus ■ 3D JavaScript-based interactivity ● Built-in/customized 3D JavaScript links/ bookmarks ● May also apply to 3D models inserted in FM8/9 through File > Import > File
  17. 17. 16 3D animation ■ Can specify animation style, speed, sequences

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