ISD Group Selects PDF3D® for HiCAD®

World-leading CAD and PDM vendor ISD Group selects PDF3D® technology for new improved reporting and documentation features.

London, UK, February 28, 2012 – Engineering organizations can now benefit from direct 3D PDF publishing from HiCAD design software, achieving more versatile and immediately communication to extended supply chain teams with the announcement of the ISD Group’s collaboration with Visual Technology Services to integrate PDF3D. ISD Group’s innovative new Version 2012 of the CAD-Software HiCAD provides powerful state-of-the-art technologies and numerous new functions and enhancements, guaranteeing smooth and flexible production and business processes, including the benefits of cutting edge PDF3D® visuals.

HiCAD is the only CAD solution that offers, besides full 2-D/3-D associativity, all industry-specific functions and product data management tools in one system. ISD Group prides itself on the software’s Hybrid Technology which provides the flexibility and universality required for a successful product development. Furthermore 3D model assemblies can now be effectively presented in interactive 3D PDF format, enabling a thorough design evaluation by third parties without CAD experience, along with an extensive solution portfolio and comprehensive support services, now offers an unprecedented platform for a rapid and flexible product collaboration and communication of complex 3D designs.

Dr. Jörg Ruhwedel, managing director of ISD Group is delighted by the results of the collaboration. “The modelling export options made possible using PDF3D® has taken the industry potential of HiCAD to a new level and it is a real breakthrough for a single system to be so versatile and universally applicable. I am proud to offer a product of such simplicity and power to our industry clients. The high quality 3D PDF generation of HiCAD 2012 will definitely leave its mark in our market sector.”

Ian Curington, CEO of Visual Technology Services is equally aware of the potential success. “Our partnership with ISD Group has further strengthened our relations with the industrial PLM solutions sector and I am very pleased with how our technology has been seamlessly integrated into a product with a formidable track record.”

To find out more about the work of ISD Group and HiCAD, visit, or for more information about Visual Technology Services and to see how PDF3D visuals can redefine your product’s potential, go to

About Visual Technology Services

Visual Technology Services is a product and service company specializing in 3D technical publishing (PDF3D), interactive graphics, novel display techniques, data visualization and geometric data compression, with clients in aerospace, manufacturing, engineering, materials and earth sciences. PDF3D makes it practical to distribute interactive 3D documents to everyone with the free Adobe Reader. For more about PDF3D please visit us online at


About ISD Group

The ISD Group ( is ranked among the worldwide leading providers of innovative and highly integrated CAD and PDM solutions. The software products HiCAD, HELiOS and HELiCON provide the user with efficient functions, innovative automation tools and a unique flexibility. HiCAD is a state-of-the-art 2-D/3-D CAD system with specialised industry solutions for mechanical engineering, steel and metal engineering, sheet metal processing and plant engineering. The PDM solution HELiOS constitutes the central “knowledge reservoir” of your company facilitating the gathering, management and distribution of documents and information. HELiCON is a tool enabling the rapid and convenient creation of customised product configurators. With more than three decades of experience in the field of engineering, the ISD has always been an extremely competent and reliable partner - from product development and consulting to after-sales service.


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