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FS#1281 - PDF Import

Attached to Project: QCAD
Opened by -- (clive) - Monday, 19 October 2015, 11:06 GMT+2
Task Type Feature Request
Category QCAD (main)
Status Assigned
Assigned To Andrew (andrew)
Operating System All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version Development
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 1
Private No


Not too sure if this would be possible for QCAD, but an option to open/import pdfs would be good.

This task depends upon

Comment by Andrew (andrew) - Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:41 GMT+2

Can you please elaborate on this? Would you expect the PDF be displayed in the drawing, similar like an image or that the contents of the PDF file would be imported as lines, arcs, etc?

Comment by -- (clive) - Monday, 16 November 2015, 16:56 GMT+2

Hi Andrew, thanks for reviewing this, I know you are busy.

I was thinking that it would be very useful to import a PDF file as lines etc... yes, but to import a PDF as an image would be equally useful indeed.



Comment by Andrew (andrew) - Monday, 16 November 2015, 22:04 GMT+2

There are existing solutions to convert PDF to DXF, also free ones:

The results are probably not very impressive or useful though: PDF is a presentation format while DXF contains the original data structures. A DXF to PDF conversion is irreversible, I'm afraid.

Comment by -- (clive) - Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 09:51 GMT+2

Okay thanks for your time on this. I know it can be done successfully, because I am able to use Adobe Illustrator to import a PDF file and it will cleanly convert to lines etc... I just thought it would be very useful if QCAD could do the same, so I could miss out using Illustrator.

Comment by Filip Zaludek (philipz) - Tuesday, 08 December 2015, 20:46 GMT+2

For those interested, oss alternative for Adobe Illustrator is Inkscape, https://inkscape.org/en/ You can import PDF and export DXF..

Comment by CVH (CVH) - Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:18 GMT+2

There are pdf files with vectors.
A must for plans in Belgium.