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What's New in 3D PDF Converter 4.2?


The 4.2 release of 3D PDF Converter adds support for the latest versions of several important 3D formats, and delivers substantial stability and quality improvements to several previously supported CAD importers.  Access to 3D PDF Converter Version 4.2 is free for all customers with current maintenance contracts.

New Features and Enhancements


  • Parasolid Export Improvement
  • Various memory leaks eliminated


  • Improved support of NX Promoted bodies
  • PMI improvement for Creo and CATIA V5
  • Creo PMI Views enhancement
  • Improved support of CV5 files comingn from Catia V6
  • JT Export enhancement

New and Improved CAD Format Versions

  • ACIS Up to V23.0 (Import)
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014 (Import)
  • CATIA V5-6R2013 (Import)
  • NX 9.0 (Import)
  • Parasolid V26.0 (Import)
  • PRC (ISO Standard Import)
  • SolidEdge ST6 (Import)
  • Solidworks® 2014 (Import)
  • Rhino® 4.5 (Import)
  • JT (Export)
  • VRML (Export)

Please see the supported formats page for a complete list of supported formats

Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) Improvements

3D PDF Converter 4.2 brings improvements in PMI support to customers that are using Model Based Design (MBD) data, deploying within the Model Based Enterprise (MBE) or delivering critical Department of Defense data per the MIL STD 31000A specification. These improvements increase the value of  Visual Response PMI, which enables users to easily generate 3D PDFs that automatically include PMI Associativity. Every 3D PDF created by 3D PDF Converter now allows users to visualize and cross-highlight the geometry or features related to Geometrical Dimensions, Tolerances, Datums and Annotations. The functionality is freely supported with Acrobat XI Pro or with the Adobe Reader XI.  

  • Support for exploded views for Creo
  • Users can now request that the view definition with NX files honors the default application single-click activation behavior
  • While in Creo, users can now request that the default PMI coloring is the same as the default setting in the version of Creo that authored the file
  • JT Export now includes any PMI data included in the model
  • PMI semantic details are now populated in the Properties panel in Adobe Reader

3D PDF Templates

New PDF template files have been included to show the various custom and fit-for-purpose features that can be built into a template. These samples are free to use, and you can build on them to create templates the fit your unique requirements.