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What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

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04-07-2010 08:16 AM
I am in a discussion group and when converting PDF to AutoCAD comes to the table there are no good answers. So that said, what is the best solution or software out there?
*Terry W. Dotson
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-07-2010 10:51 AM in reply to: jatriassi
On 4/7/2010 11:16 AM, jatriassi wrote:

> I am in a discussion group and when converting PDF to AutoCAD comes
> to the table there are no good answers.

While a lot of PDFs do only contain an image, many often contain vectors
and some contain text.

> So that said, what is the best solution or software out there?

Try the demos and report your findings. Here is a candidate to start
with http://www.dotsoft.com/pdf2dwg.htm.

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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-08-2010 07:08 AM in reply to: jatriassi
2010 will allow pdf underlayment
*James Maeding
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-08-2010 10:25 AM in reply to: jatriassi
you assume the pdf has info you will like. Zoom in close to see that clean lines are not so nice like in Cad.
I tell people to convert to jpg via adobe acrobat full version ($300), then pull in image.
I don;t like using dwf or pdf underlay, as it just makes dwgs more fancy, with less compatibility, and less liklihood to
plot correctly. Stick to dwg's and images IMO.

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|>I am in a discussion group and when converting PDF to AutoCAD comes to the table there are no good answers. So that said, what is the best solution or software out there?
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-08-2010 10:25 PM in reply to: jatriassi
I have used raster design by autodesk and it was pretty good.
*James Maeding
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-09-2010 05:07 PM in reply to: jatriassi
oh, never noticed it could do that, i'll check.
That pdf to image conversion is a bottleneck for many things. We use Acroplot Repro for pdf to super nice BW tif's for
plotting on oce plotters. Tifs (or rasters I should say) are the only format for dependable plotting on other peoples
plotters.

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|>I have used raster design by autodesk and it was pretty good.
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-12-2010 03:06 AM in reply to: jatriassi
If the pdf contains vector data, then we use Adobe Illustrator to export this as a dwg- it'll then need some work to tidy it up, but is good for basic stuff.

If it's a raster image then simply export as jpeg.
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

04-12-2010 03:40 PM in reply to: jatriassi
[www.PDFTIFF.com|http://www.pdftiff.com] it works great for converting multipage pdf into tiff but also will layout up to 8 pages of the file into 1 sheet for easy insert of engineering reports into your plan set. Try it for free. Edited by: taccomc on Apr 12, 2010 3:41 PM
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Re: What is the best software to transfer PDF image to an AutoCAD DWG?

06-09-2010 02:10 PM in reply to: taccomc

best one we found and inexpensicve is Aide pdf to dxf converter

 

http://www.aidecad.com/, money well spent by us

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