AstroBetter.com has an interesting blog entry by Josh Peek, a Hubble Fellow at Columbia University, on creating interactive 3D graphics and embedding them within PDF files.
“The major mode of communication for astronomers is the refereed journal article, as distributed through PDF, so I got interested in how one can package interactive 3D scenes with the papers we write” says Peek. “Interactive graphics can be embedded in PDFs that can be rotated, panned, and zoomed.”
Peek has written a tutorial that shares his techniques, including getting your data into a 3D format, choosing software to create the 3D object (.u3d), and using LaTex and the movie15 package to embed the object.
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