updated 04:50 pm EST, Wed February 21, 2007
3Dconnexion Mac drivers
Logitech's 3Dconnexion today announced that its line of 3D navigation devices now supports Adobe Acrobat 3D software and that Mac support is expected later this year. With 3DxSoftware v3.1, people viewing 3D PDF content in Acrobat 3D software v7 and the forthcoming Acrobat 3D v8 or Adobe Reader 8 software can use the 3Dconnexion SpacePilot, SpaceExplorer, SpaceTraveler or SpaceNavigator products to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D models. 3DxSoftware v3.1 enables 3Dconnexion devices to control both 2D documents and 3D models. Within a PDF document, users can use the SpaceNavigator device in the non-mouse hand to pan and zoom. To manipulate an embedded 3D object, after clicking on the object with the mouse, users can pan, zoom and rotate the 3D model using the SpaceNavigator while simultaneously using the mouse to make selections and choose commands within the document and interface.
"This is an important breakthrough because PDF is the most ubiquitous electronic publishing format for exchanging and reviewing 3D designs," said Rory Dooley, president of 3Dconnexion. "Our devices enhance the viewing experience and ultimately the comprehension of 3D designs. The combination of the software and hardware is powerful."
The company said that 3Dconnexion's Mac-compatible driver software is expected to be updated to support Adobe Reader 8 by June of this year.
3DxSoftware v3.1 is now available via download free of charge for owners of the 3Dconnexion SpacePilot ($400), SpaceExplorer ($300), SpaceTraveler ($200), and SpaceNavigator ($100).