Photoshop: Can't Export U3D files in photoshop v13.0.2

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i have just updated Photoshop CS6 Extended to v13.0.2 (from v13.0.1) but when exporting 3D files now it no longer has the option to export U3D file type but v13.0.1 does. Does anyone else have this problem? or is there a way to export U3D file type in v13.0.2?
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harley clark

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Stefan Malz

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The same problem applies to the import! After installation v13.0.2, I can no longer import U3D files into Photoshop CS6 Extended.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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U3D support was intentionally removed and support isn't currently planned moving forward:

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/e...

The 3D engineers are curious what applications you're using u3d for. Are you importing u3d primarily or primarily saving to the format for a specific reason?
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katy mccool

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Hi Jeffrey, I know this thread is a year old- but I want to add my 2 cents to why the .u3d needs to be brought back. The 3d PDF! It is my bridge from 3ds Max to Adobe XI Pro. I pay good money for both suites, and find it odd that Adobe would require the .u3d for Acrobat, but remove it from Photoshop. Is there a direct line I could call to complain about this? Thank you for your help.
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Daniel Presedo, Employee

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This is a direct line and we hear you!
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harley clark

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Hi Jeffery

Thanks for replying and clearing this up

I am primarily saving to the u3d format and then opening the u3d in Adobe Acrobat to create 3D PDFs

I have tried exporting in the other formats (OBJ, DAE, KMZ) however these will not import into Adobe Acrobat
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Ok. I will pass this info onto the engineers.
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e.rallion

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Hello,

I was also using photoshop to import obj files and export in u3d to create 3D PDFs, and am saddenned by the news. I am telling this to report that Harley Clark is not the only customer doing so.
If Acrobat could natively import (and do the conversion) of other formats, including textured objs, this would be even better...
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harley clark

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Update!!!

Hi all

I have just updated Photoshop to v13.0.4 and the only 3D export option available now is Collada DAE
So now you can no longer import obj's and other file type formats
It seems Adobe are not planning to support obj's, KMZ, U3D etc
My solution at the moment is having Photoshop v13.0.1 installed on another machine to import my 3DS/obj's files and export to U3D
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Dimitri Stevens

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same problem I need U3d for Acrobat presentations!
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Peter K.

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3D is becoming an increasingly popular format to provide for our clients. I work in a prepress environment. The whole suite of Adobe products is integral to a prepress workflow, but it seems that Adobe has been abandoning instead of embracing a growing movement towards 3D.

We started offering 3D pdfs to clients a few years ago and since then, Adobe has ceased developing Adobe Toolkit for 3D and Adobe Acrobat 3D. We actually have to hold on to old PCs running old OSes and old Adobe CS versions just so that we can still produce 3D pdfs (the newer CS suites make installation of Adobe Toolkit impossible). Since Toolkit and Acrobat 3D are now extinct, one workaround to getting U3Ds into Acrobat to make 3D pdfs was to export out of Photoshop. As of now, it is the only Adobe software that I'm aware of that was able to produce the only format (U3D) that Acrobat Pro was able to import, and now this very last option has been removed! Unbelievable, that as the demand for 3D in our business is growing exponentially, that Adobe has completely severed off it's last flimsy workaround for writing U3D files. There is now NO Adobe software that can make a U3D for bringing into Acrobat to make 3D PDFs. In other words, absolutely no way for someone using the latest batch of CS software to ever create a 3D PDF. Am I wrong? (Also, U3D was removed INTENTIONALLY?!) It seems that Adobe is purposefully destroying any/every method of creating 3D PDFs. So who's the genius that decided that 3D is on the way out? Our 3D department has been growing and getting busier over the last couple of years.

I'm still hoping u3d support will be reinstated, and that 3d pdfs are saved from the brink of extinction by Adobe. Btw, if you do restore u3d support, please make it in a dot release so all CS6 users can get back what was removed in one of the previous dot releases (it still sounds ridiculous when I read it back to myself). It's only fair. If it becomes a "cloud" only thing it will only make Adobe look even worse, taking AWAY a functionality in a CS6 dot release and then reinstating it in a cloud release that I'd have to subscribe to. (I can't, I work in a large digital prepress company and we will only be getting the site version that we paid for)
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Peter K.

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The silence is deafening...
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harley clark

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Hi Peter

Unfortunately as posted above by Jeffrey Tranberry (Chief Customer Advocate)
"U3D support was intentionally removed and support isn't currently planned moving forward:" and his link solution is to: "Solution 2: Revert Photoshop back to the 13.0.1 version." I too am in the same situation as you and cannot understand why it was removed intentionally. I am currently running Photoshop v13.0.1 on a 2nd machine just for U3D export functionality. I also hope that U3D support will be reinstated however "support isn't currently planned moving forward" does not sound promising.
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Peter K.

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Still waiting to hear when we'll get back the functionality we paid for...
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Bettina Lehmann

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I've got the same problem now in Photoshop CC. Is there still no solution?
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Noval Casteel

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Well the problem is over a year old now. I guess no plan to fix it? Just like Flash Catalyst. Gone, never to return. No replacement. It is sad customers like: Stefan, Jeffry, Harley, e.rallion, Dimitri, Peter, Bettina, me and countless others get treated this way. Wow!
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Bettina Lehmann

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Yes it reminds me to the behavior of QuarkXpress in pre-indesign-times.
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Noval Casteel

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I would like to have stock in the company that will replace the complacent company Adobe has become.
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Frédéric THIEC

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
U3d export removed from photoshop.


I downloaded PHOTOSHOP CREATIVE CLOUD, and I was surprised to see that it is no longer possible to export in U3D format !!!
I absolutely need this in order to be able to import 3d files in Acrobat.
I started to offer 3d files to my customers as it is becoming more & more popular, this is a pity to discover that Adobe ceased to offer this possibility. I'm terribly disappointed and frustrated. Very difficult to explain to my customer that I can no longer send them 3d files !!!
Please add this function in the next update !!!!
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Bettina Lehmann

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Mashlab generates U3D out of VRML and STL, and it's free:

http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/
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Noval Casteel

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DAZ3D studio also exports U3D. It is a free app that does posing similar to Poser. So if you save your Photoshop 3D layer as a OBJ you can open it from DAZ and export it as a U3D. I tried it in a PDF file and it worked great.
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User777378

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: How do I place 3D objects from Photoshop in Interactive PDF?.


I'd like to place my 3d object into an Interactive PDF so the client can interact with it, rotate it, move their mouse and see it from any angle. I'm really struggling to find out how.

I'm using the latest Photoshop CC, is this the reason? I've read you can only do this in 5 and under?
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Harley Clark

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Photoshop CS6 Extended v13.0.1 was the last version to support the .U3D format which is used to import into Acrobat (PDF)

As per Jeffrey Tranberry's (Adobe Employee) post "U3D support was intentionally removed and support isn't currently planned moving forward"

As many of the other posts here say, this is a backwards step having 3D functionality in photoshop but not being able to export to .U3D to create interactive 3D PDFs.

However if you would like to send me your 3D object I am quite happy to create an interactive 3D PDF for you. contact: www.hellothink.com