By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
3D has changed design, and interactive 3D documents are changing communications. Interactive 3D documents offer you new ways to both convey and assimilate information. Animated illustrations rather than a series of still images, for example, show you piece by piece how an assembly is built. Or, you can read the designer’s annotations as you turn over, zoom in, and otherwise inspect a complex design. Better, you can instantly and concurrently update documentation as designs evolve and revisions are released.
The Document3D Suite – Personal Edition from QuadriSpace gives you the chance to check out some of this action for free. Document3D Suite – Personal Edition comes with Pages3D and Publisher3D, respectively applications for document creation and for image / animation creation. And a reader too.
Out of the box, you get the ability to import 3D Models such as SolidWorks, Inventor, DWF, STL, Google SketchUp, DWG, DXF, 3ds Max, and 3DS in your documents. You can markup your 3D views with shapes, arrows, lines and text. And you can share these documents with people if they have the complementary and free Reader3D application. For free.
Obviously, "free" is a teaser to get you to try QuadriSpace’s products and then buy from them the functionality that best fits your needs. The first place that expanded functionality starts is at a whopping $95 for a module that lets you turn your 3D documents into 3D PDF format. You can kick it up to interactive technical illustrations complete with part list callouts, and dimensions. And you can go up to professional-grade documents with walkthroughs, multiple parts lists, animations, and even the ability to update documents as your design changes.
Now, you might think that Brian Roberts, QuadriSpace’s honcho and innovator, has gone nuts giving away his company’s product. Not so. Rather, what’s going on here is that he is confident that once you see how easy it is to create 3D documents, you’ll find it easy to envision ways that you can leverage 3D documents to revolutionize how you communicate with people and how you document your designs.
Document3D Suite – Personal Edition gets you experimenting in the world of 3D documentation for nothing. You can read more about it and the QuadriSpace line of interactive 3D digital communication and documentation tools from today’s Pick of the Week write-up. In the write-up, you’ll find a link to download Document3D. It is well worth your time and effort registering and downloading a teaser like this.
Thanks, Pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering Magazine