CAD designs can incorporate multiple layers.
Adobe Acrobat 3D files is a tool used to interface with Computer Assisted Design, or CAD, files. It can be used to open up 3-D files to view and print different design layers, or it can be used to reduce and solidify designs so that the fine details are locked down and kept from view. Adobe Acrobat 3D can also be used to integrate different types of the formats used to edit or review designs. With so much versatility, it is not surprising that Adobe Systems Incorporated offers dozens of Tutorials and Learning Guides in its Acrobat Users Learning Center that are specific to Acrobat 3D and even more that take advantage of its ability to integrate its functions with other software.
Using Acrobat 3D
1. Select “File,” then open and select an existing CAD file. A multidimensional view of the design will open on the screen. Open up the layers of the CAD file by clicking on the section of the file to be opened. A menu bar will open that will allow you to open, work, comment on and share various aspects of that section of the multidimensional design.
2. Use preferences to lock down the layers to transmit an open image without revealing the fine details using preferences. Press “Ctrl” + “K” or select preferences from the menu bar. Click on “Convert to PDF.” A task window will open by default to the Optimize tab. Select the user-defined level of precision. Next select the desired level of compression. In the Document Tab, you can define your page formatting, and you can also define security and set passwords on this tab. Next select “OK” and name your new file.
3. Select a file to interface between multiple formats. Click “File” and double-click on the file in the drop-down list, or click “Open” and browse for your file. When a file is in a format other than Acrobat 3D, the Preferences window will open by default to the Read/Write CAD window. Select the format that you want to use to open the file and click “OK.” When saving, perform this operation in reverse. Open the Preferences window by pressing “Ctrl” + “K” or by clicking on “Preferences” in the toolbar. Choose your preferred format and click “OK.”