Adobe Acrobat 3D and Flash integration in Adobe FrameMaker 8.0

This tutorial demonstrates one of the new features in Adobe FrameMaker 8.0: the possibility to import dynamic rich media content, such as U3D files and Flash files, directly into FrameMaker, and then saving them as PDF files. You will learn how to embed rich media content in a PDF. You are then able to manipulate and interact with the content.


To follow along with this article, you need this software:

Prerequisite knowledge:

Importing a U3D file

  1. In FrameMaker 8.0, choose File > Open and select the file Click Open.
  2. Click into the first paragraph to choose this as a location for your imported file.
  3. Choose File > Import > File and select the brake_animated.u3d file. Click Open.
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    Figure 1: You can choose to import the file by reference or you can copy it into the document.

  5. Click the Import By Reference button. Click Import. FrameMaker is now importing the file.
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    Figure 2: The Imported Graphic Scaling dialog box appears. You can now choose in which resolution you wish to display your file.

  7. Select the 72 dpi resolution and click Set.
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    Figure 3: By right clicking on the imported file you can access the 3D menu. Here you can make alterations to lighting, background color, render mode and show existing views.

  9. Choose File > Preferences > General...
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    Figure 4: The Preferences dialog opens up.

    In the Preferences dialog you can choose if you want FrameMaker to include the rich media files you import, when saving the file as a PDF. If you select Don’t embed 3D model in PDF, your finished PDF will display a 2D version of your 3D file. As you can see the same options are available for Flash files.

  11. Choose Cancel to exit the dialog without making changes.

Importing a Flash file

  1. Click on the second page in the FrameMaker document to choose a location for the Flash file.
  2. Choose File > Import > File....
  3. Select the file brake.swf and click Import.
  4. The Imported Graphic Scaling dialog box appears. Select Custom and type in a value of 200 dpi.
  5. Click Set.

Exporting and viewing PDF

  1. Choose File > Save as PDF.... Open the exported PDF in Adobe Reader.
  2. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your system, you can download the software for free at

  3. Click on the 3D model. A toolbar appears that lets you interact with the model. You can zoom and rotate.
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    Figure 5: With the toolbar you can interact with the embedded 3D model.

  5. To view the animation that is contained in the embedded U3D file, click next to the Pause/Play icon.
  6. A slider bar appears that lets you control the playback of the animation.
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    Figure 6: With the slider bar you can view the animation of the 3D model.

  8. Scroll down to the page where you inserted your Flash file.
  9. To view the animated .swf, click on it.
  10. In the "Manage Trust for Multimedia Content" dialog click the Play button. The animation plays directly in Adobe Reader.

Where to go from here

For more information and additional tutorials, visit the Adobe Design Center.