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Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

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12-19-2013 01:42 PM

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.

 

bouyscout

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pendean
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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-19-2013 02:06 PM in reply to: bouyscout
binding an XREF is like Binding an image: you need to either go through the painful process of using INSERTOBJ command or simply capturing a close-up image of your entire PDF content and pasting it in as a picture.

Neither is an easy way, and each as it's own challenges: using ETRANSMIT command to bundle all your external files along with your DWG to send to a client remains the best solution (not for everyone).
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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-19-2013 03:14 PM in reply to: pendean

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.

 

Regards,

 

bouyscout

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-19-2013 03:17 PM in reply to: pendean

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.

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-19-2013 05:28 PM in reply to: bouyscout

Hi,

 

>> 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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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-19-2013 08:51 PM in reply to: bouyscout
I apologize that my post will not help you but 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.
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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-19-2013 11:24 PM in reply to: mathewk

Hi Matt,

 

>> 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 :smileywink:

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Re: Inserting PDF into ACAD 2013 DWG

12-20-2013 03:11 AM in reply to: bouyscout
Using modern file sharing tools (Dropbox, skydrive, google drive, private FTP sites and thousands of other solutions) may be the cute to delivering large files instead of relying on email attachments alone: this is not 2005 anymore.
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