Alternatives to convert from pdf to dxf

We often find maps in pdf, which have been generated from a mapping program, therefore vector, and we want to import them into ArcMap or AutoCAD. It is curious that since pdf is a well-known format, to which everyone exports and which now even has georeference properties, none of the popular mapping programs has developed the function of importing even the ones that it generated.

Here I present two alternatives.

1 Through a graphic design program

This can work either Adobe Illustrator or Freehand.

The output is to import them from the design program, then export them to dxf that can be opened by any CAD / GIS program, of course you have to understand that the dxf alone has no georeference


2. Through AideCAD

This is A program which converts vectors from pdf to dxf format

PDF to DXF Converter - Convert PDF to DWG, Convert PDF to DXF

Unfortunately both are payment programs although there are trial versions that can get you out of a hurry.


3 Through another solution

I remember seeing another more practical solution, but now I don't remember it; We leave the space for someone to tell us if there is another alternative ... then we finish the post.

The first one has already appeared:

pdf to dxf to convert 6.5.2

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. Thanks for the Froy data, I have indeed tested it and the difference between the free and paid version is that you can do massive conversions over 5 files in batch.

    It also looks interesting that it has a scaling factor option that can help, it also extracts the inserted images into the file.

    of course, it will fall to the coordinate 0,0,0

  2. another ... there in the for by gabriel ortiz they have also mentioned that this procedure can be done from the core draw (this is a fairly common sofa, although it also pays) ... I don't know it but it would be interesting to know the quality of the file generated …… so you have to experiment… ..

  3. How about, just to tell you that I have done this conversion from a free program called: PDF to DXF Converter 6.5.2, which is good, although when the mapilla is complex (with many entities to vectorize) the machine stays hung and this is a limitation, the challenge I have encountered is with the procedure to assign georeference to the generated file, because as you mentioned the dxf lacks georeference, I do it using the georeferency of the arc gis, however sometimes it does not work And I do not know if it is the correct way to do it, if someone knows any procedure I would appreciate it as well as any other program that does not have the limitation of leaving the machine hanging ... greetings.

    PS I have followed your blog from the first articles that you have uploaded and it seems to me a huge effort and of great value, especially for those of us who started in GIS issues, just make a recognition of your capabilities and thank you in advance for your effort…

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