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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Yep, I was afraid of that. Thought I'd ask to see if anything has changed.
Sending external files will not be accepted. Client wants to archive all drawings as dwg for use with their document management system. My only choice is to comply. Vendors will not provide equipment outline drawings as dwg or dxf files; will only provide pdf's. If I can insert the pdf into an ACAD dwg and put the client format on it, they'll take it.
Was looking for a "painless processs" and was hoping I was missing something that could make this a lot easier.
Thanks for the reply.
Indeed. One of our clients had this happen with some returned drawings, bound images turned a hundred KB DWG file into a multi-MB monster.
I'd recommend referenced or not at all.
Edit: have a manager check the contract with the vendor. You may be entitled to DWG files, if so a reminder from the client may be necessary to get the vendor to comply.
>> Client wants to archive all drawings as dwg for use with their document management system
One thought to that: If I make the rules and define that partners have to ship dwg-files, I want to have vectors, dimensions, layers ... at least a structured vector drawings. I would never accept a DWG with no geometry but just an embedded image instead.
Before you do that image embedd workflow first ask if that is ok (allowed) for your partner.
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>> someone (your client) needs to find a better document management software. If they are accepting DWG files regularly,
>> they are crippling a long-standing efficient workflow that most of the community uses.
It might be possible that the client needs DWG files to have original drawings (for later modification, for internal more detailed technical information, ...), the PDF or any other format for viewing and printing is in most cases (I know) created during importing data into a DMS.
But in case of "manging drawings within the DMS" I see it absolutly correct to get the data in the original format (or at least an exchange format that makes it possible to continue working or to modify the CAD-data ... and not convert PDF back to the CAD-system.
Just my 2c
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