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PDF's into AutoCAD

Postby Acheson Mark » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:14 am

Many manufacturers post drawings of their products for download in a PDF format.
Is it possible to import a PDF drawing into AutoCAD?
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Postby Carol Parker » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:31 pm

Acheson - There are two ways to go about it;

1. You can convert the PDF to a jpeg image and import the image to AutoCAD, however the image will not be vector and obviously out of scale. You will then have to retrace the image in AutoCAD and scale it appropriately.

2. There are a few softwares which can convert Jpegs to CAD dwgs, however the line types/consistency is highly suspect and in certain cases completely useless. In any case you will have to assign line types/layers manually

Depending on the number of details/sheets you can either do it manually or use a workshare firm like us to do it for you at very nominal rates.

Hope this was of some help to you :D

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Postby Antisthenes » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:23 pm

depending if it has vector or raster data do 1 of 2 things

save to PNG in bitmap mode dithered
or open PDF in Rhinoceros, or Illustartor and save to DWG (to get vectors)

or course you can always use a vectorizing program on a raster pdf but i wouldn't recommend it
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Postby deanjaan » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:33 am

It is possible to import a PDF drawing into AutoCAD.
please take a look at this thread:
http://www.cadtutor.net/forum/showthrea ... 032&page=2
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Postby Antisthenes » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:30 am

WARNING! don't visit that link unless you want to be abused by the forum moderators and evangelized (beware those who follow the fish).

If they can't say here and have to link out, it shows a level of desperation and a disdain for this designcommunity. :P

if you do go try talking about the intellicad(s) or any other alternative to autodesk and watch how fast you are banned.
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Postby dum-de-dum » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:49 am

Antisthenes wrote:WARNING! don't visit that link unless you want to be abused by the forum moderators and evangelized (beware those who follow the fish).

If they can't say here and have to link out, it shows a level of desperation and a disdain for this designcommunity. :P

if you do go try talking about the intellicad(s) or any other alternative to autodesk and watch how fast you are banned.


Excuse me, but i tend to browse CADtutor alot, and although it is an AutoCAD based forum, they do NOT abuse other members.

Please do not post abuse like this in an open forum. :evil:
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Re: PDF's into AutoCAD

Postby rkmcswain » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:14 am

Acheson Mark wrote:Many manufacturers post drawings of their products for download in a PDF format.
Is it possible to import a PDF drawing into AutoCAD?


We use the PDF import tools in ToolPac.
AutoCAD 2009 with Bonus Pack 2 and later includes the ability to insert a reference to a PDF file (like an XREF).

More options can be found here: http://cadpanacea.com/node/30
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Postby svenglezz-ASMEIL » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:40 pm

thanx for the cadtutor web site never saw that one, def. check it out.

And thanx for the warning Antisthenes, I keep that in mind and keep my big fish mouth shut :)
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