#10 Exporting U3D/PDF3D from Visual C++


Hello. I have been requested to solve a problem of memory usage of a CAD application written on Visual C++ that occurs when trying to export the drawing to PDF3D.

Exporting feature behaves well for simple models or only parts of a complex model, but not for an whole complex model.

We are using the U3D sourceforge project for creating the U3D object; after we insert it into the PDF. It is the object creating part that is problematic.

The U3D sourceforge project is a library built in C++ for use in C++ too that is dead since 2007, has a poor documentation and its samples' collection is far from enough! In the TODO list of the project is also stated that it has memory issues!

So I have been asked to attack the problem by two sides:

1.Do maintenance of the U3D code.

2.Change the way the application interacts with the U3D library.

They also said the side 2. preferrable, as it is under our control.

When trying to solve the problem, I got two conclusions:

1.I am strongly suspecting that the U3D method EncodeX is responsible for memory misusage.

2.I tried a lot of changes of small things for the way the apllication interacts with the lib (changing compression parameters, flags, etc) and everytime the result was memory over-allocation.

So the question is: Is it worth to continue using this library? The code of it is not a joy to read... Or maybe it could be a good idea to look at other libs for the same purpose? I didn't explore them, but I am seriously thinking about switching to VCGlib or libharu... please suggest something else if you know that is good.

The other alternatives would be: use the Visual Technologies PDF3D exporter, which has an inacceptable cost, or to develop my own implementation of an U3D exporter,which would have the disadvanges of being a very limited set of the U3D funcionality and also it could'nt get ready for the expected deadline. So take these options as forbidden.

I really need help to decide what's best.

Thanks in advance, Sérgio


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