I have to say that I continue to be amazed with the ability of our Lyon R&D team to deliver great releases. We’re not only keeping all of our CAD importers up-to-date with the latest versions, but we’ve also solved all manner of corner cases with certain models, expanded the list formats we support and moved the technology to new platforms. I’m confident that HOOPS Exchange‘s pace of progress is the best in the translation industry.
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.
I actively participate in the American delegation to the working group for the development of the PRC standard (ISO/DIS 14739). On Monday, we met to discuss the most recent Draft International Standard (DIS) for PRC (ISO/DIS 14739-1.2). The DIS stage is the fourth stage in the six-stage process of developing a standard. During this stage, the international community reviews the draft standard for technical correctness and a ballot on the draft is taken after each round of reviews.