Towards interactive 3D graphics in chemistry publications

Vladislav Vasilyev*

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    In this paper, we describe how it is possible to extend the visualization and publishing capabilities of the ubiquitous Adobe portable document format (PDF) from the static 2-dimensional (2D) pictures to interactive 3-dimensional (3D) models, 3D-PDF. Embedding 3D scenes of molecules and molecular properties into the electronic Computational Chemistry publications could be very important for visualization of complex molecular properties. No additional 3D-rendering software is required, because the 3D information has been already integrated within the PDF document, which can be displayed by any computer with up-to-date Adobe Acrobat software installed. We briefly describe a computer program, Jamberoo, which can be used for creating 3D-PDF documents and demonstrate several simple examples of integrated 3D models within the PDF. Finally, we show some possibilities of Acrobat JavaScript programming for creating dynamic 3D-PDF content with the elements of the Graphical User Interface (GUI).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)173-176
    Number of pages4
    JournalTheoretical Chemistry Accounts
    Issue number3-6
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


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