I've used Solid Edge for about 10 years. Last two years i've changed to NX. I must say it's a steep learning curve but in the end NX is more powerfull.
One thing I can't figure out is why it's so hard for the NX development team to copy and paste the 3D pdf creation option out of SE?
Only option is to buy an addon for eur 2500,- which is almost a quarter of the (NX mach desigener) licence. Pretty weird.
They want you to use the JT file, and the JT2go viewer. 3D PDF is not supported and I do not think they will ever support 3D PDF since they have JT. Do a search on this site there have been a couple discussion about this.
This link can help to combine JT data and a PDF file.
it takes some more work then just save as or export to, but you will get more options and details if needed.
SE was acquired by NX's parent company some time ago (before Siemens took over, IIRC). I'm not sure, but I'd guess that SE had 3D pdf before they got JT and they have simply kept it ever since. I've heard rumor that NX was looking to add 3D pdf support, but who knows...
At last year's PLMworld, someone from Siemens stated 3D PDF for NX was coming "soon"
I interpreted that as NX12 or 12.0.1, but that is an assumption...
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP16/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steamed than e-diseaseled
There is a difference in the JT that is "written" out by Solid Edge and the JT that is "written" out of NX. It all resides with the PMI data.
SE use of PMI is totally different than that of NX. NX PMI is the "true" PMI that is read down stream by other applications. SE PMI is the driving dimensional values for synchronous technology, in SE and is not parsed to JT.