View a 3D PDF Model in Adobe Reader

A 3D PDF model can be viewed using the same Adobe Reader that just about everyone already has installed. Adjust the rotation, zoom, render mode, lighting, background color, and visibility of individual parts, using the standard Adobe Reader controls.


  1. Create a 3D PDF file
  2. Open PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader and click the 3D model to activate it.


  3. Click Options -> Trust this document always


  4. To rotate the 3D model, hold left mouse button down and move your mouse. 
    To view 3D PDF model in full screen, right-click and select Full Screen Multimedia.


    To dismiss the warning message in the future

    click Edit -> Preferences


    Click 3D & Multimedia and make sure "Enable playing of 3D content" is checked


    When opening a 3D PDF file next time, the warning message does not appear.