The 3D PDF plugin created by SimLab Soft is an amazing plugin to bring the interactivity of SketchUp to the PDF platform. Meaning that now it is easy to present your work with the features of 3D on an easy to view PDF document. A feature missing in Google’s Layout for SketchUp.
The plugin allows you to export your model as a PDF and even allows you to adjust settings such as the background, lighting, passwords and much more. The plugin is extremely easy to use and very useful to present your models. Though a drawback in uploading a complicated model is that it can freeze up computers using browsers. These type of files are best viewed off of the computer using Acrobat and not inside a browser. Also some of the features that I expected to be incorporated into this plugin were not there. A big feature I expected was a walk through animation capability, the plugin does not allow for a user controlled walk through. Rather it only allows you to import scenes in which the user can control which scene they wish to go to.
Overall, the 3D PDF plugin created by SimLab Soft is a very useful plugin, hopefully future versions will come with more options to enhance the user’s experience. At the time of this review this plugin costs $95 per license (though they do offer a trial version) and is available at SimLab-Soft.com. I give this plugin 4.5 out 5 stars.
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