Select your language

Welcome to our all-encompassing tutorial series on creating 3D PDFs using SimLab Composer. This introductory video is the first of seven detailed tutorials designed to enhance your skills and knowledge in 3D PDF creation. Whether you're a novice looking to get started or a seasoned professional aiming to polish your skills, this series has something to offer.

What You'll Learn

This introduction video sets the stage for the series and covers several key areas:

  • 00:00 Introduction to 3D PDF Creation with Sim Lab Composer - A brief overview of the series and what to expect.
  • 00:08 Creating Scene States and Animations - Learn how to set up various scene states and integrate animations to make your 3D PDFs dynamic and engaging.
  • 00:33 Exporting 3D PDFs: Settings and Properties - Detailed instructions on how to export your 3D PDFs with the right settings to ensure they meet your needs.
  • 00:53 Navigating and Interacting with 3D PDFs - Tips on how to navigate and interact within your 3D PDFs using common software like Adobe Reader.
  • 01:28 Customizing and Enhancing 3D PDFs - Customize the user interface and enhance your PDFs with additional features to make them stand out.
  • 01:55 Conclusion and Advanced Features - A wrap-up of the introductory session and a teaser of the advanced features to be covered in upcoming tutorials.

Index of Tutorials

Following the introduction, dive deeper into each specific aspect of 3D PDF creation with these tutorials:

  1. Scene State - Explore how to create and manage multiple scene states.
  2. Action Animation - Learn to animate your 3D models within the PDF.
  3. Annotation - Discover how to add informative annotations to your 3D PDFs.
  4. PDF Advanced Settings - Understand the intricate settings that enhance the functionality of your exported PDFs.
  5. Lights and additional features - Gain insight into additional tools and features not covered in the main tutorials.
  6. Template Designer - Master the use of SimLab’s template designer to create customized PDF layouts.

Cick on links above to delve into each chapter, designed to enhance your understanding and skills in creating 3D PDF documentation.

Scene State

Welcome to a focused tutorial within our series on mastering 3D PDF creation with SimLab Composer. This specific episode delves into the intricacies of creating and customizing scene states for your 3D PDF files. Ideal for professionals in design, engineering, and digital content creation, this tutorial will help you make your 3D documents not only more interactive but also visually appealing.

2. What You'll Learn

  • 00:00 Introduction to Creating Scene States for 3D PDFs - Get started with the basics of scene state creation, learning how to set up different scenarios in your 3D PDFs to cater to various viewing preferences such as lighting, camera positions, and furniture layouts.
  • 00:26 Navigating 3D PDF Settings and Customization - Discover how to optimize your 3D PDF settings to improve user experience, including how to personalize navigation buttons and preview images for each scene state.
  • 00:45 Exploring Advanced Customization with PDF Template Designer - Take your customization skills to the next level by using the PDF Template Designer. Learn to create bespoke buttons and controls that activate different scene states, enhancing the interactivity of your PDFs.

3. Why Watch This Tutorial? This tutorial is essential for anyone aiming to enhance the functionality and aesthetic of their 3D PDFs. Through step-by-step guidance, you'll learn to manipulate scene states and customize the user interface, ensuring your 3D models are presented in the best possible way. Watching this video will equip you with valuable skills to make your technical documentation and presentations more engaging and professional.

Action Animation

Join us in this transformative tutorial as we delve into the world of animation within 3D PDFs using SimLab Composer. This tutorial is tailored for designers, engineers, and anyone involved in creating digital content that wishes to enhance their documents with interactive, animated elements. Step by step, we will guide you through the essential processes to animate objects within your PDFs effectively.

What You'll Learn

  • 00:00 Introduction to Animation in PDFs - We begin by explaining the relevance and benefits of incorporating animations into your 3D PDFs, setting the stage for the practical applications to follow.
  • 00:18 Creating Simple Animations - Learn how to use the timeline and keyframes in SimLab Composer to create basic animations, such as making a drawer open upon interaction.
  • 00:48 Finalizing and Testing Animations - After creating your animations, we'll show you how to finalize them, attach them to objects within your PDF, and test to ensure they work as expected.
  • 01:06 Important Tips for Animation in PDFs - We'll share crucial tips to optimize the playback of animations in your PDFs, including managing keyframes and adjusting PDF settings for smooth functionality.

Why Watch This Tutorial?

This tutorial is invaluable for anyone looking to bring an extra layer of interactivity and professionalism to their 3D PDF projects. By learning to incorporate animations, you can transform static presentations into dynamic, engaging experiences that captivate your audience. Whether you're aiming to impress clients or educate students, mastering these animation techniques will significantly enhance the effectiveness of your communications.


Master the use of annotations within 3D PDFs in our third tutorial video, "Mastering Annotations in PDF with Sim Lab Composer". This episode is an essential part of our educational series designed for professionals in design, engineering, and academia who wish to enhance their 3D models with detailed annotations.

What You'll Learn

  • 00:00 Introduction to Annotations in 3D Modeling - Start by understanding the significance and applications of annotations in 3D modeling.
  • 00:11 Creating Dimensional Annotations with Sim Lab Composer - Learn the steps to create accurate and informative dimensional annotations within SimLab Composer.
  • 00:29 Exporting Annotations with Your 3D PDF - Discover how to ensure that your annotations are properly included when exporting your models as 3D PDFs.
  • 00:34 Enhancing Models with Annotations - Gain insights on how annotations can add value to your models by providing comprehensive information.
  • 00:39 Using Adobe Reader for 3D Annotations - Explore how to further annotate your 3D PDFs using Adobe Reader and share them effectively.

Why Watch This Tutorial?

Annotations in 3D PDFs are not just about adding text; they enrich your models by making them more informative and interactive. This tutorial will empower you to effectively communicate complex details through your models, making them invaluable tools for presentations, instructional materials, or documentation. Enhance your professional skills and make your 3D presentations stand out by mastering these annotation techniques.

PDF Advanced Settings

Dive into the sophisticated world of 3D PDF customization with our fourth tutorial, "Mastering Advanced Settings for 3D PDF Creation with SimLab." This video is designed for professionals who want to push the boundaries of digital presentation and enhance their 3D PDFs with advanced technical settings. Whether you are a designer, engineer, or a content creator, this guide offers the tools you need to create detailed, interactive, and visually striking 3D documents.

What You'll Learn

  • 00:00 Introduction to Advanced 3D PDF Settings - An overview of the extensive settings available in SimLab Composer for enhancing your 3D PDF files.
  • 00:14 Exploring the 3D Tab: Features and Customization - Learn about the customization options available under the 3D tab, including rendering settings, lighting modes, and how to utilize these features to refine your presentation.
  • 00:38 Enhancing Your Presentation with Viewing and Navigation Options - Discover how to optimize your 3D PDFs with viewing and navigation settings that improve user interaction and engagement.
  • 01:04 Activating Animations for Dynamic Content - Instructions on how to incorporate timeline animations into your PDFs to make your content more dynamic and engaging.
  • 01:13 Advanced Customization with the Advanced Tab - Delve into the advanced settings where you can manage visibility options, annotations, add JavaScript, and control texture sizes for smoother performance.

Why Watch This Tutorial?

This tutorial is invaluable for anyone looking to elevate their 3D PDFs beyond basic presentations. The advanced settings explored will help you to create more interactive and customized experiences for viewers. Perfect for those needing to convey complex information in an accessible way, these skills will significantly enhance the professionalism and functionality of your digital content.

Lights and additional features

Illuminate your 3D designs like never before with our fifth tutorial, "Illuminate Your Designs: A Guide to Lights and Features in 3D PDFs in SimLab." This educational episode dives into the intricate details of using the Template Designer’s lighting features to dramatically enhance the visual appeal of your 3D PDFs. Perfect for professionals in digital design, engineering, and anyone looking to refine their 3D presentation skills.

What You'll Learn

  • 00:00 Introduction to Template Designer's Lighting Features - An overview of how lighting can transform your 3D PDFs and the specific features available in SimLab’s Template Designer.
  • 00:08 Understanding Lights in 3D PDFs - Learn about the practical application of lights in 3D PDFs, including how to adjust power values and the implications on file performance.
  • 00:33 Exploring the SimLab Template Designer - Discover how to use the Template Designer to customize your 3D PDF layouts, incorporating various templates and design elements.
  • 01:06 Enhancing Your 3D PDFs with Advanced Features - Explore advanced techniques such as linking custom actions to buttons, using animations, scene changes, and the advantages of Texture Baking for superior visualization.

Why Watch This Tutorial?

Watching this tutorial will equip you with the knowledge to not only apply effective lighting to your 3D models but also to utilize the full capabilities of the SimLab Template Designer. Enhance your digital presentations by creating more engaging, visually appealing, and interactive 3D PDFs that stand out in any professional context

Template Designer

Explore deeper the full capabilities of the SimLab Template Designer in this detailed tutorial, the final episode in our comprehensive series on 3D PDF creation. This session focuses on utilizing the advanced features of the Template Designer to create interactive and visually compelling digital documents. Ideal for designers, engineers, and content creators looking to leverage sophisticated design tools in their projects.

What You'll Learn

  • 00:00 Introduction to SimLab Template Designer - Get a comprehensive overview of the functionalities and features of the SimLab Template Designer.
  • 00:06 Creating Layouts with Template Designer - Learn how to create effective layouts using the Template Designer, including incorporating external design elements.
  • 00:47 Enhancing Templates with Scene States and Buttons - Discover how to make your PDFs interactive by adding buttons that trigger scene states and animations.
  • 01:26 Leveraging the Dictionary for Dynamic Text in Templates - Understand how to use the Dictionary feature to dynamically update text within your templates based on specific rules.
  • 02:27 Final Steps: Saving and Testing Your Template - Tips on saving your template and testing it within SimLab Composer to ensure it functions as intended.
  • 02:49 Closing Remarks and Next Steps - Conclusion of the tutorial series and guidance on further learning opportunities.

Why Watch This Tutorial?

This tutorial is crucial for anyone aiming to perfect their skills in creating high-quality, interactive 3D PDFs using SimLab. You will learn how to customize your documents to meet specific design requirements and enhance user engagement. The skills acquired here will not only improve your design efficiency but also ensure your digital presentations are at the cutting edge of technology and design standards.

As we conclude our comprehensive tutorial series on mastering 3D PDF creation with SimLab Composer, we hope you've gained valuable insights and practical skills to elevate your digital design work. From creating intricate scene states and engaging animations to enhancing PDFs with annotations, advanced settings, and specialized lighting, this series has covered a wide array of tools and techniques to help you make the most out of your 3D models and presentations.

Starting at 468€ per year (with a completely free Viewer option), SimLab Composer represents an economical choice for professionals seeking to enhance their digital documentation capabilities, making advanced 3D PDF creation more accessible and efficient for improving communication and presentation standards.