I've used Nitro which is handy for footnoting things but it doesn't do 3d.
I think most people use Acrobat Reader or Bluebeam these days. Bluebeam is of course a licensed product but it does allow you to navigate a set of plans quickly and split them up into parts etc. as well as do some 2D Takeoff types stuff as well. I have also looked at Soda PDF as that has some benefits also.
I think Adobe Viewer is the best option. 3D PDFs are a newer technology and there are not many options and still some bugs, but it doesn't work too bad.
OK I'm giving BlueBeam a try but it can't seem to open a 3d pdf that TBC creates. What is the magic that will let BB open up a 3d pdf that TBC creates? I get the following error and a blank screen.
PRC format is not fully supported. PRC encoded 3D PDF files are limited to opening and viewing, and some model objects may not appear as originally intended.
I have never been able to get Bluebeam to open a 3D pdf. The free Adobe reader will do it with no problem, it just sometimes takes a little while to open.
I apologize - I missed the 3D in your question.
I dont know a good reader other than Acrobat for that. Bluebeam has issues
with 3D PDF Files as reported some PRC error - I asked our developers to
comment on that and have had no response - however since Acrobat Works and
Bluebeam doesnt I would say that it is a Bluebeam Question more than a
Trimble question - I cannot comment on what they can / cannot do.
I do not personally use the 3D PDF functions much, and to be honest I think
this is the first question I have had on the subject in >2 years on the CEC
side of things. The Geospatial Team created that function as a deliverable
and they test in Acrobat and Acrobat Reader etc. as far as I know as that
is the "Defacto Standard"
Maybe some users on the Geospatial Forum could throw some light on your
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