Drawing Help


Gene <mopac1@...>
 

Would anyone on the list be able to convert PDF files to AutoCAD DWG files?

If so, please contact me off list at mopac1 at classicnet dot net

Thanks,

Gene Semon


Charlie Vlk
 

Gene-



I can go from CorelCad (AutoCad dwg) to Corel Draw and save to PDF.

What do you have?


Charlie Vlk





From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 8:08 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Drawing Help





Would anyone on the list be able to convert PDF files to AutoCAD DWG files?

If so, please contact me off list at mopac1 at classicnet dot net

Thanks,

Gene Semon


Charlie Vlk
 

Sorry to use up the bandwith, but I don't have an off-list email to respond
and the answer may be of general interest for others with similar freight
car drawing conversion problems.



PDFs are generally, if not starting from CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator
original drawings, "dumb" pictures of lines. To go into AutoCad .dwg
format these can be imported but they have no intelligence..they are not
individual lines with specific points in space. There are some conversion
routines to convert .jpg and .pdf into vector graphics but they are not
magic.



Charlie Vlk


mopac1 <mopac1@...>
 

Charlie,
What I have are PDF scans of drawings for the Ste Genevieve car ferry. I
was hoping to get two of the drawing into CAD, the Lines & Offsets and the
general arrangement. But it doesn't look good. So far it appears I'll need
to go old school.
Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Charlie Vlk
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:09 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Drawing Help

Gene-



I can go from CorelCad (AutoCad dwg) to Corel Draw and save to PDF.

What do you have?


Charlie Vlk





From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 8:08 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Drawing Help





Would anyone on the list be able to convert PDF files to AutoCAD DWG files?

If so, please contact me off list at mopac1 at classicnet dot net

Thanks,

Gene Semon









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Jack Burgess
 

<PDFs are generally, if not starting from CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator
<original drawings, "dumb" pictures of lines. To go into AutoCad .dwg
<format these can be imported but they have no intelligence..they are not
<individual lines with specific points in space. There are some
<conversion
<routines to convert .jpg and .pdf into vector graphics but they are not
<magic.
<
<
<
<Charlie Vlk

Charlie and Gene...

Charlie's comment about "conversion routines" reminded me that I think
Kalmbach's staff converts manually-drafted plans to Adobe Illustrator files
for publication which allows them to control line weights, etc. Illustrator
can also open a .jpg file and export it as either a .dwg file or .dxf file.
Photoshop can convert "most" .pdf files to .jpg files. Adobe Acrobat (not
the Reader) can Save As a .pdf to a .jpg format. So one approach would be
to:

Use Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat to convert the .pdf to a .jpg file
Use Adobe Illustrator to open the .jpg and export it as a .dxf or .dwg file

I have all of these programs but can't check the exporting from Illustrator
since I don't have AutoCAD. I do have AutoDesk's AutoSketch which opens .dxf
and .dwg files but that didn't work, possibly since I needed choose which
version of AutoCAD to export to (R13. R14, or R2000).

I did a quick Google search and found that AutoDWG (www.autodwg.com) will
convert a .pdf file to .dwg file for $49 per file.

I'd be happy to work with you to see if I can do it.

Jack Burgess


Clark Cooper
 

Jack,

Adobe Illustrator (CS4, at least) can open PDFs, though only one page at a time. Export to AutoCad from there.

-Clark Cooper

On Mar 13, 2012, at 6:58 PM, Jack Burgess wrote:

<PDFs are generally, if not starting from CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator
<original drawings, "dumb" pictures of lines. To go into AutoCad .dwg
<format these can be imported but they have no intelligence..they are not
<individual lines with specific points in space. There are some
<conversion
<routines to convert .jpg and .pdf into vector graphics but they are not
<magic.
<
<
<
<Charlie Vlk

Charlie and Gene...

Charlie's comment about "conversion routines" reminded me that I think
Kalmbach's staff converts manually-drafted plans to Adobe Illustrator files
for publication which allows them to control line weights, etc. Illustrator
can also open a .jpg file and export it as either a .dwg file or .dxf file.
Photoshop can convert "most" .pdf files to .jpg files. Adobe Acrobat (not
the Reader) can Save As a .pdf to a .jpg format. So one approach would be
to:

Use Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat to convert the .pdf to a .jpg file
Use Adobe Illustrator to open the .jpg and export it as a .dxf or .dwg file

I have all of these programs but can't check the exporting from Illustrator
since I don't have AutoCAD. I do have AutoDesk's AutoSketch which opens .dxf
and .dwg files but that didn't work, possibly since I needed choose which
version of AutoCAD to export to (R13. R14, or R2000).

I did a quick Google search and found that AutoDWG (www.autodwg.com) will
convert a .pdf file to .dwg file for $49 per file.

I'd be happy to work with you to see if I can do it.

Jack Burgess


John Hagen <sprinthag@...>
 

Even my old as the hills Illustrator 10 can open pdf files albeit some newer
file formats won't open. Then I open them using CorelDRAW and save them as
Illustrator 10. Then I can export it to AutoCad.

John Hagen

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Clark Cooper
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:06 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Drawing Help

Jack,

Adobe Illustrator (CS4, at least) can open PDFs, though only one page at a
time. Export to AutoCad from there.

-Clark Cooper


jerryglow2
 

A scan unless further converted is a bitmap not a vector image. You're probably best importing it in a vector based program and drawing a new image in another layer.

Jerry Glow

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "mopac1" <mopac1@...> wrote:

Charlie,
What I have are PDF scans of drawings for the Ste Genevieve car ferry. I
was hoping to get two of the drawing into CAD, the Lines & Offsets and the
general arrangement. But it doesn't look good. So far it appears I'll need
to go old school.
Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Charlie Vlk
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:09 AM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Drawing Help

Gene-



I can go from CorelCad (AutoCad dwg) to Corel Draw and save to PDF.

What do you have?


Charlie Vlk





From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 8:08 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [STMFC] Drawing Help





Would anyone on the list be able to convert PDF files to AutoCAD DWG files?

If so, please contact me off list at mopac1 at classicnet dot net

Thanks,

Gene Semon









------------------------------------

Yahoo! Groups Links


John H <sprinthag@...>
 

And, I just found out, I can a pdf as an AutoCad in my CorelDRAW X4.

John Hagen

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "John Hagen" <sprinthag@...> wrote:

Even my old as the hills Illustrator 10 can open pdf files albeit some newer
file formats won't open. Then I open them using CorelDRAW and save them as
Illustrator 10. Then I can export it to AutoCad.

John Hagen

-----Original Message-----
From: STMFC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:STMFC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Clark Cooper
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:06 PM
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Drawing Help

Jack,

Adobe Illustrator (CS4, at least) can open PDFs, though only one page at a
time. Export to AutoCad from there.

-Clark Cooper


Jack Burgess
 

<
<A scan unless further converted is a bitmap not a vector image. You're
<probably best importing it in a vector based program and drawing a new
<image in another layer.
<
<Jerry Glow

That was my first answer too and converting a bitmapped image into a raster
image isn't going to be a accurate as drawing from known dimensions. But the
conversion program I mentioned is a $220 program...it must be pretty good or
there won't be a market for it. Adobe Illustrator also has a Auto Trace
command which does the same thing although not to the accuracy we want...

Jack Burgess