From: John Stone (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2017 - 08:46:11 CDT

  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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