From: James Kress (
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 - 09:06:56 CDT


Some alternatives for creation of 3D PDF files:


It's free and it will take many of the export options from VMD

QuadriSpace Publisher3D PDF

$298 and will take some of the export options from VMD (not VRML). Does a
better rendering job than Babel3D.

I'm looking at some others and will let you know how they work out.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Stone []
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 9:46 AM
To: James Kress <>
Subject: Re: vmd-l: Crating 3D PDF files

  VMD still implements the special OpenGL rendering mode required for
interoperability with the Acrobat3D model capture utilities.
My understanding is that Adobe and their technology partners split up some
years ago, and the capture utilities that used to be provided as part of the
original Acrobat3D distribution are now provided as an independent product
by Tetra4D:

I haven't used Tetra4D myself, we just kept using the old Acrobat3D we had
here, but I would expect it to work roughly as well as the original tool
that was shipped with Acrobat3D did. If anyone here has tried out the
latest tools from Tetra4D, I would be very curious to hear about how well
they worked.

  John Stone

On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 02:36:56PM -0400, James Kress wrote:
> The tutorial for creating 3D PDF files found at
> does not
> work for the most recent releases of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.
> Is it still possible to generate 3D PDFs with VMD or is that
> functionality obsolete?
> Thanks.
> Jim

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