There’s an interesting review of Adobe’s new Acrobat 3D application over on CGArchitect. I don’t know anyone that’s using it yet, but I assume that it will work its way into some product development toolsets; although at US $995 I don’t see it finding space in mine any time soon. Anyway, here’s the part of the review that caught my attention (Link):
There is also a third, more direct way for AEC users to get 3D content into Acrobat 3D from those CAD and BIM applications that support the OpenGL rendering mode. This is through the built-in 3D Capture utility, based on an OpenGL model capture technology developed by a French company, OKYZ, that Adobe acquired in December 2004. It allows users to quickly capture a 3D file displayed on screen in OpenGL mode and convert it to Adobe PDF.
Does that sound like anything I’ve been playing with? (*cough* … OGLE … *cough*).
Perhaps I should email the author, Lachmi Khemlani, and tell her to try it instead. Between OGLE and a free model viewer (like plyview, perhaps), that $995 is looking pretty outlandish … especially since grabbing the videostream data like that has been around for years.