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Animation and Templates in a 3D PDF

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:56 pm
by Jen42

New user here. Wondering if there's some resource files out there about how to actually create something like this 3D PDF that's on Simlab's page for animation and related samples done in Composer:

PDF file link:
Found on this page:

The animation part is clearly shown in an instructional video that Simlab put out- great!
No worries there.

But! At the end they show it in a template that's got interactive buttons.

How does one get the template to activate various parts of the animation sequence like this?
Is this done using Scene States? Or some other way?

Would really appreciate some guidance on this!

Please and Thanks in advance!

Re: Animation and Templates in a 3D PDF

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:23 pm
by ntxdave
Well, depending on what you are going to do, there could be multiple answers to your question. Have you looked at any of the tutorials?

For creating and using the templates, you should look at the Designer manual. You can access it by starting up Composer, then go to the File dropdown. Then click on the Help menu and select Designer Help. It will give you very good instruction on how to build your own template or modify on of the prebuilt templates.

As for the interaction, clicking on something in a template to make something happen depends on what you want to happen. As you will see in the Actions dropdown list, you can accomplish several different things. If it is animation you are wanting to trigger, you can launch a full animation of your model or you can segment your animation into sequences and then play just a selected sequence or sequences. There are also situations where you can use Scene States to accomplish things like, hiding/showing portions of your model, trigger the materials for objects in your scene, or go from one Scene State to another (thus showing your model from different camera angles).

No, this is not a direct answer to your question but it depends on what it is you want to do. There are also a set of tutorials at this location . Be carful though when you go to this link. They way the page is set up, it loads very slowly. :) The tutorial for creating the animation like the one you referenced is on the Mechanical Designer and is titled Creating furniture assembly manual

Hope this will at least give you a starting point............. ;)