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CAD105
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Importing PDF into AutoCAD

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02-26-2013 05:03 PM

I have a PDF version of a landscape plan (plan view) and I want to import into AutoCAD at a 1"=10' scale so I can make some measurements using AutoCAD as opposed to doing it all by hand. Any suggestions?

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Alfred.NESWADBA
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

02-27-2013 05:26 AM in reply to: CAD105

Hi,

 

>> Any suggestions?

Command _ALIGN (if you have existing geometry for reference points/reference size) or command _SCALE (and option _REFERENCE) may help.

 

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CAD105
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

02-28-2013 02:16 PM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA

Alfred,

 

Thanks for the reply. It was tough for me to understand just because I'm such a beginner in AutoCAD. Would you be able to take me through it step-by-step. I have a new drawing (blank) open and a pdf file saved to my desktop. Where do I go from here?

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garagelogician
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

03-01-2013 08:27 AM in reply to: CAD105

Insert menu

- PDF Underlay

 

OR

 

Type xr into the command line

- at top left of xref window pick the drop down arrow and choose Attach PDF

 

A dialog box will open so you can define insertion point, rotation and scale. If the PDF you are trying to attach is actually to scale, you can define the scale as 10. Hopefully there is actually a scale bar on your drawing, so you can verify (although with landscape/arch/mech types - that is never a guarantee) that it is the correct scale. No offense if you fall into one of those groups, (I do mechanical work now) but I cut my CAD teeth on survey/civil work...so I never trust a north arrow or scale without verifying it. :smileywink:

 

If the PDF was a scanned print, you may need to scale manually using the methods as noted by Alfred.

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sthompson1021
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

03-01-2013 08:51 AM in reply to: garagelogician

At the risk of getting yelled at for getting off topic, I've got to ask. Whats your CI garagelogicain?

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CAD105
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

03-01-2013 03:23 PM in reply to: garagelogician

I followed your steps. When I attach the PDF all I'm left with is a white box and I can't see my actual PDF. Any help?

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ahmed_mohamed199414
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

08-05-2013 05:52 AM in reply to: CAD105
 
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pendean
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

08-05-2013 06:04 AM in reply to: ahmed_mohamed199414

Seems to work fine here: see screenshots then a test DWG file with your PDF included for correct pathing (may be your problem).

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Veramo
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Re: Importing PDF into AutoCAD

08-20-2014 09:12 AM in reply to: garagelogician
Thanks for the tip! Attaching the PDF versus a tiff or jpeg of the PDF worked wonders for me.
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