If it was me I would use a 3D PDF file. No special reader is required.
Hi Bernie, thanks for the reply,
i tried the 3d pdf by linking a jpeg image to the pdf file. The problem with that is it opens to the default pdf on the viewer's device. My laptop goes to a version of pdf reader that opens a blank pdf, but if I use another version of adobe acrobat, (XI) I can view the file.
Is there a way (coding or plugin) to embed the pdf viewer into the web page? Ideally I would like the viewer to open the page and be able to immediately interact with the 3d pdf without having to open the file. I am building the site with wordpress.
Just as an aside, I downloaded Edrawings, the open source program which views fine, would there also be a way to embed the viewer into the web code?
I looked at the help docs on Solidworks website, but they didn't help I'm afraid.
thanks for your help
Sharon, you're a few months too early to get a good answer to that question. Right now, the edrawings viewer is an ActiveX control-which requires Internet explorer and a whole-bunch of security click-thrus. However, it looks like 3D content central is using a new viewer control for edrawings based on WebGL-which the next release of internet explorer will support, as Chrome and Firefox do presently. I'd say by October, you'll have a road map where you can have an embedded edrawing that uses a simple plug-in capable of running on all browsers and mobile platforms.
Here's the 3DContent central page I was talking about. Maybe you can lift the code from it.
thank you very very much for your reply and including the link to 3D ContentCentral. There I found that it is possible to embed the eDrawings programs with the 3D image with an iframe. Helpful that I can upload my own 3D content too, I just can't upload .EPRT file format. I went back to the client to ask if they have it in one of the accepted formats, fingers crossed it all works out!
Sorry I disappeared for a little while. I offer the 3D PDF's on my website so my customers can view the part as if they would hold it in their hands. I have the 'view command' open another tab and allow the viewing to take place there. I also allow the file to be downloaded.
Thank you for your reply, so it is possible to embed the 3d pdf viewer into a website? Did you use a plugin?
I am building in Wordpress, but I haven't been able to find a way to embed 3d pdf's and it is wasting so much time trying.
Can you send me a link to your website so I can see how the embedded pdf looks/behaves?
I may have made a mistake in what I said. It is the 2D PDF that opens via a click, the 3D PDF must be downloaded and opened in a reader. Sorry! Here's one of the links anyway, www.triktags.com | 1RUXF | New! For your most discriminating customers in need of rack mount cooling.
Thanks for clarifying that and thanks for the link. My client wants the 3D interactive image to be embedded directly into the homepage. I think I am almost there. I've added a screenshot in my reply to Chris Dordoni
I am also looking for a solution that works in WordPress. I have been using SimlabComposer but I cannot get the WebGL to work inside WordPress.
SimlabComposer has a function to embed the 3D PDF in the html, but I have not been able to test that yet.
It's easy to use a link to open a WebGL page from a WordPress site, but I would guess you want your content to show on the same WordPress page.
Seems like there would be some established methods for getting 3d to display on a WordPress page, but I only found ONE WordPress plugin that does something like this, and it does not accept 3d PDF or WebGL.
I am almost there with the solution for Wordpress, I have managed to embed a 3D eDrawings demo file into my website using <iframe>
I have attached a screenshot of how my webpage looks like with the embedded 3D image.
You can go to this site 3D Central and get the iframe codes and embed it into a widget.You can also upload your own content and get the iframe codes, but your content needs to be in one of the following formats (mine is in EPRT) so I am waiting for it to be converted.
Let me know if you get your own files uploaded successfully. I am still waiting for my colleague to convert my EPRT to an acceptable format.
Hi Bernie and everyone,
Sorry for the long delay, I was waiting for a client to get back to me with native Solidworks files.
I did manage to insert the demo file via the 3D Content Central, then embed the <iframe> into my wordpress website.
It works exactly like I hoped it would.
I don't want to use flash because it doesn't work on Apple devices.
Thanks again to John Burrill for recommending 3D Content Central
It's fairly straightforward to embed the demo file and player into wordpress (link is provided but it's only an iframe, not the actual player etc.) so how about adding your own models? I imagine you need the JS files and scripts to go with the edrawings viewer application which I cannot find anywhere.
Did you manage to achieve this, if so how?
Sorry about the late reply, lost my password to the forum and had problems with resetting.
My Engineer supplier created the Solidworks native 3D files, I only found a workable solution to embed the E-drawings program into wordpress.
Did you follow the link above that Bernie posted on July 26th? It looks promising.
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