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15th Feb 2011, 02:17 pm
I've been looking around the forums here for a decent thread on this subject, but couldn't seem to find one.
I'm looking for opinions on PDF to DXF conversion software. I've tried out AideCad (http://www.aidecad.com), but I would like to see more options.
I would like to stay below the $200.00 mark
15th Feb 2011, 02:23 pm
No matter what you spend I think you'll be dis-satisfied with the results.
The PDF file format was created for sharing documents between different word processing programs and not for general CAD use.
15th Feb 2011, 02:51 pm
I understand that PDF documents are not meant to be converted back to CAD, but as a construction estimator, I need the option to do so.
I'm not looking for perfection. I just need something reliable. AideCad works fine but before I purchase it, I wanted to see other options. Google is tossing up to much spam to filter through, and I figured that I could get some experienced users opinions here.
15th Feb 2011, 03:01 pm
You could try importing the PDF's into Design review (FREE) - this will allow you to take off running dimensions and areas. Assuming that the PDF's are of sufficient quality.
15th Feb 2011, 03:10 pm
As of right now AutoCAD 2011 (and earlier versions) support PDF imports quite well. The PDF is scalable and easy to work with, but I need to be able to manipulate the line work. I need to separate the line work in layers or remove some of it.
What I would really like is to find a basic PDF to DXF converter that GNU licensed or or close to free. Most of the software I've found is overly complex for what I want and over $100.00 in cost.
21st Feb 2011, 05:15 pm
Any chance you've got someone using Adobe Illustrator in house? We frequently change vector-based PDF files to layouts for CAD by exporting them from Illustrator as a DXF.
21st Feb 2011, 09:06 pm
Excellent suggestion. I didn't realize that Illustrator could export to dxf.
21st Feb 2011, 09:29 pm
A freebie would be PSTOEDIT, http://www.pstoedit.net/pstoedit/
not the best but maybe worth a look as it is free/opensource
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