I came across this plugin for revit that exports 3D PDF directly from Revit which i think is really cool, before now you would of had to use 2 or 3 converters to get the same result. I gave it a 30 day trial and found it to be really useful especially when dealing with clients. Before now there was 3D DWF but they require the end user to also have a copy of the software on their machine which is not always the case, nearly every machine out there will have a PDF Reader.
If your interested in downloading a trial or purchasing the product, follow the link here http://www.3dasystems.com/products/ They also have good how to videos and links the good relevant blogs about revit and BIM.
- Relatively cheap
- Easy to use in terms of export setting
- Can have multiple graphical styles
- Can switch between Isometric and Perspectives views
- Multiple controls including 3D comments and Measure tool,
- Can save different 'views' inside the PDF to be quickly selected later
- 3D sections, including the option to save the cut plane location (creating floor plan views)
- Can access all the 'Data' that has been applied inside of Revit.
- Small Files ranging from about 4mb to 10mb for larger revit files
- 30 day trial to check it out
- You have to have Acrobat X pro installed on your machine which cost around $200 on top of the converter.
- They do not currently have 'save setting' in the exporter, this means each time you export you have to reapply the setting you like.
- Currently when the 'Model Tree' is open you can see the data of a particular object but you can not directly select it (like a web link) you must export an xml or cvs file. This is fine for a technical person but for clients it is a little difficult.
Over all i think it is a great little tool and worth reviewing yourself.
Video below of my review and sample PDF can be downloaded here.
06 Sample File (with model tree) Note: you have to download the file to your computer to be able to review the 3D content, it will not work in Google documents directly