Tech Soft 3D and tetra4D today announced the acquisition of tetra4D by Tech Soft 3D. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter in the 3D PDF world, and I wanted to take a few minutes and explain what this means for the customers of 3D PDF Converter, the partners who have helped build tetra4D into a growing business, and Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS customers.
The beauty of 3D PDF is that while lightweight, portable and highly shareable, it’s also powerful enough to contain mind-blowing amounts of design data. With HOOPS Publish 6.1, we’re fully capitalizing on that fact by adding animation support. New APIs allow developers to easily define advanced animations within a 3D PDF.
A funny thing happened on the way to work this morning. As I was getting ready to leave the house, my husband said, “Guess what? I got my first 3D PDF file yesterday.”
What is the 3D PDF Reader? It’s an iOS app that lets users view and interact with 3D data embedded within a PDF file. Actually, it’s the only product available that can read the PRC file format, one of the 3D formats supported within PDF. PRC is a data-rich format like STEP, and supports geometry, assembly structure, and PMI – essentially, the information one needs in most engineering workflows.
The answer to both questions is: Yes, very much so. If anything, we underestimated the specific upsides, but trusted ourselves that we would discover opportunities once we “took the leap.” I’m sure there are even more upsides still undetected, but which will emerge over time.
Those two years have passed quickly, with the technology and the outstanding development team in Lyon, France, quickly becoming a natural and important part of Tech Soft 3D. We’re forever changed.
This latest release continues our commitment to helping customers incorporate the fastest, most comprehensive 3D CAD data access into their applications, with HOOPS Exchange updates to Creo® Parametric 2.0 and Autodesk® Inventor® 2013. HOOPS Publish will feature table support for generating even more sophisticated 3D PDF files. As usual, we’re eager to know our latest development efforts are hard at work within the many applications that use our technology.
We were blown away by the many great people we connected with in our stand. It was the first time Tech Soft 3D exhibited, and it was a great success. There was plenty of interest in HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish -- and 3D PDF as well. Despite being held in the heart of the German engineering sector, we had visitors from all over the world – Québec, the United States, France, Spain, Lithuania and Japan.
Downloading and installing the service pack is very easy. You can download the zip file from the HOOPS Developer Zone. The service pack is a full release and should be installed in its own directory. Copy your v5.0 license key file (A3DSDKLicenseKey.h) into the /includes directory and you are ready to go. Please see the release notes for more information on specific fixes available in this release.