- Required software and Steps 1-2
- Steps 3-8
- Steps 9-14
- Steps 15-18
- Steps 19-21
- Steps 22-26
- Steps 27-30 and files for download
This is my third and final tutorial in this series on interactive 3D PDFs. Hopefully by now you have read the other two tutorials and viewed the supplied PDFs, and maybe are even inspired to create your own interactive 3D PDF. If I have done my job properly, everything was fairly easy and straightforward.
Before we get started, I think it’s imperative for you to understand that these interactive 3D PDFs are essentially little applications. Any PDF Template used by the Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module is preprogrammed to control certain types of 3D functions such as simple key frame animations, stepped procedures, and layer control to show/hide data and control camera model views. What is important to understand in the creation of a PDF template is that you are building a 3D application which has a purpose. Today 3D viewers that pan, zoom and rotate have very limited business use. As a result both businesses and the general public don’t care about them. But, once you create a 3D application which enables graphical information and other types of data to be easily understood and communicated to the end user in widely distributed, ubiquitous platform such as PDF, you will see an explosion of 3D applications in PDF. So let’s get started on creating our interactive 3D application.