Tutorial: Creating Simple 3D PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended

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Embedding 3D imagery into a PDF document could be done relatively easily using recently released Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended which can either convert virtually any computer-aided design (CAD) file into a PDF document or capture a 3D model from any 3D CAD application that supports OpenGL (standard graphics language for 3D models). We chose the former approach and save each molecular scene in the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) format. VRML is a text file format which can be visualized by VRML viewers and be edited in text or VRML editors, i.e. VRML format gives more control over the 3D scene for advanced users.

So, first one needs to prepare molecular scene in Jamberoo

and save it in VRML format:

The resulted VRML file will have extension .wrl

Now start Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. To embed resulted VRML file into the existing page of a PDF document either use menu bar (Tools > Multimedia > 3D Tool) or Tool Bar

Select VRML file in file browser:

Adobe Acrobat presents you with 3D Conversion options. Press "OK".

Adobe Acrobat will insert 3D graphics into PDF document:

Left-mouse-click to activate 3D interactive mode:

The resulted 3D PDF file is here

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Send all questions, suggestions and comments to Vlad (vvv900@gmail.com)

Dr. Vladislav Vasilyev

Supercomputer Facility,

The Australian National University,

Canberra, ACT, 0200, Australia