Can I use 3D PDFs in Camtasia if I work on the Mac and in Windows both?

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Can I use 3D PDFs in Camtasia if I work on the Mac and in Windows both? That is, I cannot import a PDF into Camtasia in Windows. But, i think I can on a Mac. If I do import my 3D PDF into Camtasia on the Mac, can I move the project between OSX and Windows? Thoughts? Advice?
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Sean

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I've not heard of "3D PDF" before. I'm curious what it does for you?

My mind's eye is conjuring scenes of folks being able to click and drag inside the PDF to manipulate a 3D image? And somehow being able to generate a video that also allows the end viewer to click the video and watch it behave the same way the PDF did?

Assuming that's what is being talked about here, I'd have to say that I'd be totally shocked to hear that this is possible from any version of Camtasia. While I know that there are differences between the Mac and the PC versions, I believe that both versions only produce a linear video that plays from beginning to end and cannot be manipulated as it plays.

However, it *IS* entirely possible to open and manipulate something in 3D as you record those actions using the Camtasia Recorder.

Hopefully one of the TechSmith folks will pop in to advise.

Cheers... Rick :)
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3D PDFs are kida cool. Used in engineering, these PDFs allow you to rotate a part in 3D, explode it, select components, and link those to part numbers on bills of material, etc. Of course, a fair bit of back-end work is needed.

That said, I don't expect MP4 output to support the rotation, explosion, selection, and zoom Acrobat viewers do. But, I wonder what I can get. As-is, I can't import any PDF.

Cheers,

Sean
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Personally I'd be shocked to see any type of PDF Importing become available. I mean, sure, I know that PDF content may now be all sorts of stuff, but I just don't see TechSmith seeing much of a call from occasional posts such as this one where the masses are crying out for directly importing from PDF into Camtasia. Then again, I never claim to know it all about anything. So who knows what the future may hold.

I was astonished to see TechSmith offer a way to "Import" from PowerPoint. I suppose there was enough outcry from folks so as to justify that development effort.

Cheers... Rick :)