Acrobat Reader 9+ supports interactive manipulation of 3D objects. See this file for example - another widely used example are PRC objects which may be produced by Asymptote.

Exporting animations produced by ListAnimate or similar is rather easy, see e.g. these instructions.

But, despite the huge range of applications, I did not find any information on how to export 3D objects as such, so that they can be manipulated within Acrobat Reader. I'm not talking about videos or gif, which are not interactive.

The only indirectly-related question about this I found on SE is this question.

Would you have any clues to reach my goal?

  • $\begingroup$ WRI developed its own format for these purposes: CDF $\endgroup$ – ybeltukov Jan 18 '15 at 13:45
  • $\begingroup$ @ybeltukov: yes, but that's not pdf... $\endgroup$ – anderstood Jan 18 '15 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ Just do texdoc media9 in a terminal and read the section on 3D. I don't think this is a Mathematica question. Export of 3D formats is supported, but embedding them in PDF (a non-3D format) for the specific purpose of displaying in Adobe Reader appears to be beyond the scope here. $\endgroup$ – Jens Jan 19 '15 at 0:53
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like u3d export is really hard to come by, except for jReality. You might try that... $\endgroup$ – Jens Jan 19 '15 at 3:55
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is a very valid question. When WRI gets around to supporting this, they could also add x3dom support (for web content). Declarative graphics formats (that is, vector graphics formats) for 3D graphics and their support in documents seems much less advanced than 2D vector graphics. For example, except Acrobat Reader I cannot find any other pdf reader that supports 3d objects. $\endgroup$ – masterxilo Mar 9 '17 at 13:12

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