Learn what we are doing to ensure that 3D PDF continues to be the best format for viewing, sharing and archiving your engineering data.

Integrating PDF and STEP AP242

Here is the progress so far…

Back in December 2017, the STEP and PDF ISO working groups formed a joint ad-hoc committee that wrote a proposal for modifying the PDF standard to add STEP AP242 as a 3D stream. The proposal was presented at the recent (April, 2018) PDF ISO meetings and the group agreed to move forward by creating a technical specification (TS) that extends PDF by adding STEP AP242 as a 3D stream. Software developers can then use the extensions schema present in the PDF standard to extend a PDF file with the changes documented in the TS. The TS will then be proposed at a future date for addition to the PDF standard (in the next version of the PDF standard that is published with technical changes).

A joint working group (JWG) that includes experts from the STEP, JT and X3D ISO groups has been formed to work on 3D visualization and consumption of product data from STEP files. This working group is part of the STEP ISO group (TC 184 SC4). Anyone who wants to participate in this project should contact betsy.fanning@3dpdfconsortium.org.

This has the opportunity to be a game changing innovation for 3D engineering visualization and documentation. Integrating STEP into PDF means that PDF files can be created directly from STEP files. No translation required.


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Testing PDF/STEP

We are starting Test Round 3 of the 3D PDF Implementor Forum in order to prototype the PDF/STEP proposal. Our plan is to kick off the test round in late April, 2018. We will summarize the results of the testing and plan to publish a report on our findings in September, 2018.

Long Term Archiving with 3D PDF

Businesses, governments, institutions and individuals around the world need to digitally share important engineering information. Much of this information needs to be kept for substantial lengths of time; some needs to be kept permanently. This digital information needs to remain useable and accessible across multiple generations of technology.

Fortunately, PDF excels at both sharing and archiving engineering information. The international community has recognized this and developed two standards, PDF/A (ISO 19005) and PDF/E (ISO 24517) that establish guidelines for archiving PDF files independent of the tools and systems used for creating, storing or rendering the files.

Explore the links on the right to learn more about data retention and archiving using PDF.