I have been able to insert a PDF into an AutoCAD 2013 dwg but only as an attachment. This seems to be similar to xref but I can't seem to bind the pdf to the dwg. Therefore when I send the dwg to a client and they open it, they only see the drawing format and no PDF attachment. Sending the PDF as a separate file is not an acceptable solution.
Is there a way to insert a PDF and bind it to the dwg so an external reference file is not required?
I'm not interested in converting the PDF to a dxf or any other format. Just interested in knowing whether there is a way to insert and bind a PDF to an ACAD dwg.
Thanks in advance.
Ok, thanks for the reply. Was hoping for a different answer but had concluded the same.
We have to submit vendor drawings to our client in an ACAD dwg format with the client's format. Vendor refuses to provide a dwg or dxf of their equipment outline dwgs. Some of the vendors will supply the outline drawing on client's format but only as a pdf. Client will not accept a pdf so, if I can put the pdf in a dwg they'll take it. Client wants to archive the drawings as dwgs in their document management system; a separate "linked" file is not conducive to this.
Some of the raster formats are either huge or highly pixilated and resolution is pretty bad. Inserting the PDF directly into a drawing is best solution if it can be done.
Unless they are extremely complicated, which they are about 5% of the time, I just trace them over (to scale, using their dimensions) and convert their products into 3 blocks (ortho views with _P, _F, and _R suffixes). Then they're in my library and from then on, I benefit immensely. PDF attachments slow the drawing down.
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