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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Able2Extract PDF to AutoCAD Converter

April 11th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Able2Extract is a conversion tool to convert PDF to AutoCAD formats, as well as PDF to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, HTML, image formats and much more.

According to a company spokesman, AutoCAD users may need to convert vector images and text locked in native PDF files to editable DWG or DXF files. AutoCAD offers the ability to save a drawing as PDF, so users can share their drawings, plan or projects with their clients, project leaders or other stakeholders. Professionals from various fields often choose to share their work (designs or drawings) in PDF because the PDF format is platform-independent and doesn’t require the native application to view the document. Another advantage of PDF is that it preserves the formatting of documents, so the sender (file creator/author) ensures that the recipients of the file see it as they are intended.

PDF is also very often used for archiving purposes. For example, you can choose to save and archive past architecture, construction or engineering plans in PDF. It is not uncommon to misplace, delete or otherwise lose original DWG or DXF drawings and be left with only PDF versions. Sometimes AutoCAD user will receive a PDF that he or she needs to further improve or modify in AutoCAD without being able to obtain the original drawing. AutoCAD offers PDF support, in a way that you can import the PDF file into AutoCAD and work on it.  However, it doesn’t offer the option of converting PDF into DWG/DXF and work with the original drawing. That is what a PDF to DWG/DXF converter like Able2Extract offers. Able2Extract converts native PDFs into fully editable DXG or DXF formats.

AutoCAD users benefit from the following features of Able2Extract PDF to AutoCAD Converter:

  • The ability to convert PDF to DWG and DXF formats for easy editing in CAD programs
  • Extract text and vector drawings trapped within PDFs with just a few clicks
  • View even the most complex 2D data using an advanced built-in viewer
  • Preview the content to be selected and converted
  • Convert drawings directly into layers
  • Works on multiple platforms: Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Regarding editing PDF tools, there is an array of online and desktop tools (some are free), that allow you to annotate PDFs, merge them, split, and so on. So, it is possible to add text to drawings and vector images locked in PDF, for example. However, most of those tools don’t allow AutoCAD users to recover CAD drawings and manipulate them – add, remove, change and copy elements of the drawing as well as text like Able2Extract PDF Converter does.

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Categories: AEC, architecture, AutoCAD, Autodesk

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