Basically, I am currently looking to purchase a converter that takes a PDF and can make it into a .dwg. The problem I keep running into, is that every company claims to be the best, and yet because its sort of a shot in the dark because of how few programs do this, I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations?
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they all have their strengths and weaknesses, and the source/quality of your PDF plays a big part. So try then buy at least one and realize that PDF is not cad and the quality is never going to be good enough.
They certainly do, I was more looking for someone who might have a favorite product that they use. Maybe something they initally hated, but found that it has incredible functionality if you give it some time.
Try the evaluations that are offered to see what works best for you and keep in mind the limitations Dean mentioned as well as those mentioned on various product webpages. Take a look at the PdfImport or PDF2DWG products we produce.
There are cheaper and even free ways to do the conversion, but your time spent doing and fixing and managing them (assuming you bill for your time or output) will never be recovered. Try a google search, tips are everywhere (and so are the pitfalls).
And remember, quality of your PDF and it's source still matter: scans are horrible to convert.
If you have newer CAD, and you just need a part of a pdf, you can insert the pdf in and trace over it. You can even snap to endpoints, midpoints etc.
I believe this functionality started with 2010 or 2011.
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I tried this one out today while hunting through the many converter programs. It works quite well for vector created PDFs and it open source, so it doesn't cost anything.
It's not pefect, there are diconnects in some of the arches, but the straighlines are ok. Our engineers were able to touch up the file fairly quickly and get what they needed out of the sketch.
You can find it at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/vectpdf
Corel Draw 5 can be used to turn a pdf into a dwg or dwf. When I have done this it has always made splines that are really, really, really precise so they have A LOT of points. That can be good or bad.
I used an online pdf converter that "seemed to work well. I opened the created dwg file and the lines were really thick. I tried to change the line type to 0 or 0.5 but the lines did not change. Can anyone elaborate on this....maybe a way to fix that problem? I am using AutoCAD Lt 2012 so i may not have nough options to even fix this.
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