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What’s New in HOOPS Exchange v6.0

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Apr 15, 2013 12:38:00 PM
Hello HOOPS Exchange customer and future customers. I wanted to let you know that the latest version of HOOPS Exchange (v6.0) is now available from our Developer Zone. I encourage all current customers to check it out. If you’re not a customer, you can download our demo from the website at

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.

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Topics: Product News, PRC, 3D PDF, HOOPS Exchange

3D PDF Reader: Another new dimension to Tech Soft 3D

Posted by Ron Fritz on Nov 8, 2012 8:32:00 AM
Recently we announced a new product, 3D PDF Reader, which represents something completely different for us. A new dimension, if you will, for a company that deals in dimensions.

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.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, Product News, PRC, 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Publish

Was the Adobe aquisition worth it?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jul 3, 2012 1:42:00 PM
A few days ago, I detailed what we’d learned from our acquisition of the Adobe CAD translation technologies. The next question is, did it work as expected? Was it worth it?

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.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, PRC, 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Exchange, Partners, HOOPS Publish

So how'd that Adobe aquisition work out?

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jun 25, 2012 5:13:00 AM
It's been nearly two years since our acquisition of the Adobe business unit that brought us the CAD data translators (now called HOOPS Exchange) and the 3D PDF file format technology that forms our HOOPS Publish SDK.

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.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, PRC, 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Exchange, Partners, HOOPS Publish

New Releases for HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish

Posted by Jackie Aaro on Jun 21, 2012 5:25:00 PM
The 5.1 versions of our HOOPS Exchange and HOOPS Publish toolkits are now available for download.

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.

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Topics: Product News, PRC, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

PRC - ISO Update

Posted by Phil Spreier on May 25, 2012 5:28:00 PM
This week was the first of two “PDF weeks” scheduled for 2012. These are weeklong meetings of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Committees, which operate and develop several international standards for the PDF file format.

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.

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Topics: PRC, 3D PDF

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