How can I create a 3D PDF when printing with Property Publishing?

With the release of MicroStation V8i SS3 you can publish non-graphical business items to a 3D PDF document. These business items appear as objects in Adobe Reader’s Model Tree.

By default, business items are not included in the published 3D PDF document. You must take additional steps to include the business items. To include business items in a 3D PDF document use the 3D Plotting Options dialog.

To include a subset of the business items contained in a 3D design file, you must create a Property Filter file using the property Filter dialog and specify this file in the 3D Plotting Options dialog.

To create a PDF Property Filter File

  1. Open a 3D design file and select File->Print
  2. Select Settings->PDF Property Filter
  3. Select the business items and associated properties
  4. Select File->Save As
  5. Type in the File name and click save
  6. Select File->Exit

To Publish All or a Subset of the Business items

  1. Open a 3D design file
  2. Select File->Print
  3. Under Printer and Paper Size, set the printer driver to the Bentley PDF printer driver (pdf.pltcfg)
  4. Set the Print to 3D check box
  5. Select Settings->3D Plotting
  6. Click the Include Properties drop-down list box
  7. Select All or Filtered by Property Filter File
  8. If you selected Filtered by Property Filter File, click the browse icon and select a Property Filter file.
  9. Click OK
  10. Select File->Print to publish the PDF document
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