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    Here's a new 1 on me.

    My client had an existing building surveyed. The drawings from the renovation were hand drawn from the 90's. So they had those scanned into pdf. Mostly wall lines, windows and doors

    The architect ( who I will contact next week ) looks to have somehow xrefed these pdf files as back grounds.

    I haven't found a way to get DWGTrue view ( 2016 ) change the paths. ( I'm sure that is operator error )

    DWG Convert has no clue how to handle it

    I wondering if I will have to trace the pdf lines ?

    Have any of you guys run into this ?

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    I would assume that they were Inserted as PDF Underlays?
    I also expect you to have to trace them, unless they were done on one of the very latest versions which may have the ability to convert the PDF linework into Autocad objects.
    If you click on one, what sort of object does it come up as in Properties?
    You might try downloading DWG Trueview 2017, as I seem to recall that may be the version with that magical PDF conversion voodoo.
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    I have had problems with x-ref paths with DWG TrueView in the past, but if all files are in the same folder, then the x-refs are picked up when the drawing is opened, despite the pathing.

    I am presuming that you were sent all the pdfs which are x-reffed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldon View Post
    I have had problems with x-ref paths with DWG TrueView in the past, but if all files are in the same folder, then the x-refs are picked up when the drawing is opened, despite the pathing.

    I am presuming that you were sent all the pdfs which are x-reffed.
    All but 1 pdf were included.

    All files are in a single local drive directory. The xref path strings are like a mile long and point to a network drive. Oh the fun ~!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadgad View Post
    I would assume that they were Inserted as PDF Underlays?
    I also expect you to have to trace them, unless they were done on one of the very latest versions which may have the ability to convert the PDF linework into Autocad objects.
    If you click on one, what sort of object does it come up as in Properties?
    You might try downloading DWG Trueview 2017, as I seem to recall that may be the version with that magical PDF conversion voodoo.
    I had no idea you could xref a pdf. They show in a xref properties box. But the paths are not editable.

    I have trueview 2018. I'll try that to convert the monster. :fingers_crossed_smiley ( if there were 1 )

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    When you use PDFATTACH they are in the Xref list, thats the way we do it.

    Have you tried putting xref's in same spot as your dwg this gets around the can not find when using xref DWG's no re-pathing required.
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    2 things. First, David, "you had no idea pdf could be xrefed"? That is like my most popular xrefs. Second, there are programs that will trace the pdf for you. Cost money though.

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    PDFATTACH - WOW talk about mixing oil and water !

    I did open the pdf, used 'copy full file name' option in PDF-XChange Editor Pro, pasted into 'found at' field in the xref dialog box.

    What a horrible way to provide existing site survey drawings ! Hell the wall lines are 3" thick ! This is no way to provide an accurate plan for a remodel / renovation.

    A logo ? Maybe. Construction documents ? Never

    Rant off ( for now )

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    I expect that you have found it by now, but when a drawing is opened in DWG TrueView 2018, the external Reference Palette opens up. One can choose a new path for the xref files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eldon View Post
    I expect that you have found it by now, but when a drawing is opened in DWG TrueView 2018, the external Reference Palette opens up. One can choose a new path for the xref files.
    I didn't work with pdf files ?

    I had convert the main dwg to 2012 and open it with full acad. -David
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