Photography and illustration talk, Part 12: Stereo and 3D

March 24, 2014

Illustration talk slide 51

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Illustration talk slide 52

Illustration talk slide 53

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Illustration talk slide 54

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Illustration talk slide 56

Illustration talk slide 57

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The rest of this series.


  • Powell, Jaime E.  2003.  Revision of South American Titanosaurid dinosaurs: palaeobiological, palaeobiogeographical and phylogenetic aspects.  Records of the Queen Victoria Museum 111: 1-94.

2 Responses to “Photography and illustration talk, Part 12: Stereo and 3D”

  1. Simon Fowler Says:

    It’s also possible to embed 3D models (i.e. not simply a rendering, but the actual 3D data) in PDF documents. It’s a little while since I looked at it in detail so I can’t remember the details, but it’s pretty viable with a combination of toolchains ranging from open source through to an expensive license from Adobe.

    The model can also embed (javascript) code to program an interface for it, which would allow you to make a pretty flexible viewer.

    At the moment I don’t think it’s really useful for things like this, but given the increasing options for splitting up the paper and online publishing it may become more common.

  2. Mike Taylor Says:

    Embedding 3d models in PDFs is possible, yes, and it’s a neat trick. But I don’t think it’s really a good way forward to pour more and more of our data into the rather opaque PDF container. To make the results of research truly re-usable, we’re going to want to make them available in open machine-readable formats where they can become inputs to the next phase of research. I think squeezing it all into a PDF is an artifact of our antiquated notion that papers are the only thing that counts.

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