However, the installation of Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended adds an Adobe toolbar to Office, which enables us to embed 3D models from the native CAD packages in Office, maintaining the visualization and manipulation options of the 3D models.
These models can be viewed and manipulated with Adobe reader Version 7 and above, without the Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended package.
However, if the CAD 3D models are embedded directly in Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended the review options are lost.
Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended accepts most CAD software formats; it does not directly insert the CAD software animations although they can be generated with the 3D Reviewer module in Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended; the visualization tools are more numerous in the *.pdf document than in the Microsoft Office document; and for the users of these 3D models in *.pdf, we only need Adobe reader Version 7 and above, and these are freeware (Open file: "Annex 7 example configuration_C.pdf').
After assessing the technical features of 26 3D visualization software (viewers, publishers and 3D output formats), the following 3 configurations were selected and compared using the house of quality: A) SolidWorks plus SolidWorks eDrawings, B) Catia plus Catia eDrawings and 3DXML, and C) various CAD softwares plus Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended.