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milend
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PDF to DWG converter

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03-31-2010 06:23 AM
Hello,

I’d like to purchase a PDF to DWG converter but there are so many different applications out there – I do not know which one to choose.
Could you please recommend any?
What should I look for?
Could you please share your experience in PDF to DWG conversion?

Thank you for your help and comments in advance!
*jg
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Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-31-2010 07:04 AM in reply to: milend
None are any good. If you use full acad 2010 you can insert a pdf or use
one as an underlay. Does that help? Don't know if LT has it. In 2008 it
didn't, but 2010 lt I don't know.

On 3/31/2010 9:23 AM, milend wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I’d like to purchase a PDF to DWG converter but there are so many different applications out there – I do not know which one to choose.
> Could you please recommend any?
> What should I look for?
> Could you please share your experience in PDF to DWG conversion?
>
> Thank you for your help and comments in advance!
*Terry W. Dotson
Message 3 of 28 (147,885 Views)

Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-31-2010 07:11 AM in reply to: milend
On 3/31/2010 9:23 AM, milend wrote:

> I’d like to purchase a PDF to DWG converter ...

Try the evaluation version of PDF2DWG from
http://www.dotsoft.com/pdf2dwg.htm.

Terry
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milend
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Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-31-2010 08:25 AM in reply to: milend
If you insert a PDF, can you still edit lines or text?

Thank you!
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milend
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Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-31-2010 08:28 AM in reply to: milend
Thank you Terry!

I'll try it!
What about PDF2DWG converter from autodwg.com.
Can you compare these two converters?
Which one is better?
*Bill Gilliss
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Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-31-2010 08:33 AM in reply to: milend
On 3/31/2010 11:28 AM, milend wrote:
> Thank you Terry!
>
> I'll try it!
> What about PDF2DWG converter from autodwg.com.
> Can you compare these two converters?
> Which one is better?
>


Try them both and let us know.
*jg
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Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-31-2010 12:47 PM in reply to: milend
No but if you convert one you generally end up with a series of dots
instead of lines since the way that most pdf's are created is as a print
driver which rasterizes the file (pdf's can be lines instead of dots if
created with the right software, but most people are cheap and use the
freeware drivers that don't do it that way.) If you think that editing a
series of dots is acceptable then you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

On 3/31/2010 11:25 AM, milend wrote:
> If you insert a PDF, can you still edit lines or text?
>
> Thank you!
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RickW363
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Registered: ‎09-25-2008
Message 8 of 28 (145,121 Views)

Re: PDF to DWG converter

07-26-2011 09:09 AM in reply to: milend

I've tried a couple of these.  They only work if the PDF was created by a CAD or vector graphics program.  If it is a scanned image or created by a raster based program, all you get is a raster image.

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cad54
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Registered: ‎04-03-2009
Message 9 of 28 (145,116 Views)

Re: PDF to DWG converter

07-26-2011 01:30 PM in reply to: RickW363

They only work if the PDF was created by a CAD or vector graphics program.  If it is a scanned image or created by a raster based program, all you get is a raster image. 

 

This is correct. However we have used a program called pdf2cad v.8 with much success. First you save the pdf file, open the pdf2cad program to convert pdf file to CAD. Then you open file as a dxf into cad and save as .dwg and you're good to go. You do have to scale the dwg up to get it back to 1:1. Somehow it loses it's scale in the conversion process.

 

My job requires me to draw seating layouts for churches/synogogues/colleges/funeral homes and courtrooms. However at the front end of a project, architects are reluctant to release a CAD file so we end up with a PDF. In the past we had to plot and then scale the entire drawing by hand to recreate in AutoCAD. Since we discovered pdf2cad, that is a thing of the past. We save hrs on every project and are much more accurate and efficient. All I can say is that it works for us! It's a great program!

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nigelgill67
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Registered: ‎03-29-2012
Message 10 of 28 (130,377 Views)

Re: PDF to DWG converter

03-29-2012 09:49 AM in reply to: milend

I am not a business just a teacher with a hobby, one of reprographics problem is converting PDF to DWG format. I have tried Any PDF to DWG Converter and Aide PDF to DXF Converter, they work very well, I really like Any PDF to DWG Converter.

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