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Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013

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12-19-2013 01:33 PM

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.

 

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013

12-19-2013 01:40 PM in reply to: bouyscout

Sorry, just noticed this is the 2010, 2011, 2012 board.  My bad.

 

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013

12-19-2013 01:49 PM in reply to: bouyscout

Not a good method.  The only method possible is to convert the pdf to an image and then to embed the image. Why is an attachment of any concern?

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013

12-19-2013 03:03 PM in reply to: dbroad

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.

Regards,

 

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013

12-20-2013 03:18 AM in reply to: bouyscout
That's what the picture tool (snapshot) in most PDF viewers is for: clipping an image of the PDF to the clipboard for pasting. Lots of limitations and issues are introduced.
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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013

12-20-2013 05:25 AM in reply to: bouyscout

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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