3DVIA Composer offers us many ways to output our data. Some common file types would be high resolution image files, scalable vector graphics, and AVI animations. We also have the ability to publish directly to PDF from within 3DVIA Composer and use the free player as a plug-in for Adobe Reader.
You can publish 3DVIA Composer content into the PDF in a few different formats.
U3D. Universal 3D Displays as 3D data allowing you to rotate, zoom, hide, show along with others.
SMG (Enhanced content). Uses the embedded player, I prefer this option.
Preview image only. Displays a 2D image.
To publish a PDF from 3DVIA Composer, select "File" pull down "Publish to PDF". If you are going to use the SMG Enhanced Content option you will need to do some further steps prior to publishing the file.
Make sure you have the free Adobe Reader installed and you have version 7.0.7 or higher. If not get the free reader from Adobe. In order to view the PDF that was published with SMG Enhanced content you will need to also have the plug-in from 3DVIA. You can get the plug-in here for free.
After you download and install the plug-in we will need to copy some files. Copy the files 3DVIAPlayerControl.dll, and 3DVIAPlayerReader.api from C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\3DVIAComposer\6.3\Plugins\Acrobat\Reader\Plug_Ins (this is the default location yours may vary) to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\plug_ins (again this is a default location). Now you are ready to create your PDF file.
A few words about templates. 3DVIA Composer has default templates for creating the PDF files located in C:\Program Files\Dassault Systemes\3DVIAComposer\6.3\Pdf (did I mention this is a default location). You will find templates for all three options from above. When you publish the PDF you also have the option to specify a custom template, this template can be any PDF file. You would use somthing like Acrobat Professional to create your custom file. But that's another blog!