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HOOPS Publish 2019 Enables Consumption of 3D PDF on Any Device, Any Platform


SDK enables conversion of 3D PDF documents into HTML while maintaining the PDF’s layout, interactivity, data and behavior

February 28, 2019 – Bend, OR USA – Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of development toolkits to the engineering software industry, today announces the release of HOOPS® Publish 2019, the toolkit for enabling applications to publish 3D data in multiple formats including native 3D PDF, HTML and several standard CAD formats, including STEP AP 242, JT and 3MF. HOOPS Publish 2019 now enables the conversion of 3D PDF documents into HTML documents for consumption on any device and any platform, while maintaining all the PDF’s features and functionalities.

“The world has gone mobile and one of the biggest needs we find with our partners is the need to be able to consume 3D data on a mobile platform,” said Lionel Vieilly, HOOPS Publish Product Manager at Tech Soft 3D. “HOOPS Publish 2019 pushes the boundaries of making 3D PDFs with rich 3D data, product and manufacturing information (PMI), metadata, and other information available on any mobile platform via HTML. Developers can create rich, interactive documents like smart reports, work instructions, parts catalogs, design change notifications and more, without worrying about the document changing format, losing data, or not performing as intended.”

HOOPS Publish can be used to create rich engineering documents by combining CAD geometry from standard CAD formats like IFC, IGES, JT, SAT, STEP, XT, PRC, STL, VRML, and U3D with PMI, annotations, views and metadata. These files can be used to deliver a fully annotated model for drawing-less manufacturing, a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) report or a file ready for 3D printing. This data can be further enriched with tables, file attachments, bill of materials (BOMs), view lists, and text to create interactive 3D PDFs that can be understood by anyone, even non-CAD users.

With HOOPS Publish 2019, viewing and interacting with these rich 3D documents via mobile devices just became much easier because HOOPS Publish enables an application to convert a 3D PDF into an HTML document that makes it possible to consume the same data in a browser, with the same interactivity and behavior as the original PDF. In addition, new functions enable the creation of a preview image of a PDF document. The image resolution can be specified, and preview images are generated at the same time as the PDF. These preview images can be used as thumbnails in a repository system helping to identify and select the document (PDF) to be accessed.

Publish *HOOPS Publish generates interactive 3D PDF documents and HTML documents*

Publishing to ISO standard file formats improves file interoperability and communication inside the engineering department, but also throughout the product development process whether it is for export to 3MF for 3D printing for prototyping or supporting engineering review, change orders, inspection plans, reporting, creating work instructions, or archiving.

HOOPS Publish is being used by industry leaders to convert CAD data into 3D PDF files, including Aras, SolidWorks, Actify, Theorem Solutions, PROSTEP, Tetra4D and many more.

About HOOPS Publish

HOOPS Publish enables engineering applications to publish data for almost any workflow including interoperability, archiving, visualization and collaboration, work instructions, smart reports and technical data packages. With HOOPS Publish you can share your engineering data in three ways: PDF, HTML and standard CAD formats, all without the need for proprietary CAD software. Developers interested in exploring the capabilities of HOOPS Publish can request a free 60-day evaluation.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England, Germany and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. For more information, visit

HOOPS is a registered trademark of Tech Soft 3D. All other products or company references are the property of their respective holders.

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