How to Convert PDF to DWG and DXF on Mac
This tutorial assumes that you have already installed pdf2cad on your Mac and that you can access it from the Applications Folder, the Dock or the Desktop. Choose your preferred method and launch pdf2cad.
Select files to convert
Choose Conversion Preferences
The selected files will be displayed in the preview pane on the left. On the right, are the most used settings. These defaults should be correct for most conversions. Click OK to continue. If you find that you need to change rotation or fine-tune the process, there is a Preferences button where more settings can be applied. If you do not need to make any adjustments, click OK to run the conversion. The Preferences are covered at the end of the tutorial.
Conversion Summary pdf2cad
The conversions to be performed will be summarized on screen. Choose where the results will be stored. The default is in the same directory as the original file. Click Convert to proceed.
The converted files will be in your file system, usually in the same folder as the original folder. You can now open them in your CAD application. At this point, you can choose New Conversion to perform more operations or Exit the application. If there are any warnings, check the Details button to review them. In almost all cases, these will be warnings about fonts which were in the original PDF file but are not on your Mac, meaning that a substitute font will be used. Errors are very rare and if you encounter one, please report it to us along with the file.
When you click on Preferences after selecting your files for conversion, you will see a number of options to define the conversion parameters. A description of each of the 4 tabs follows – General, Fonts, DWG/DXF and Advanced.
General Settings Tab
Characters as Strings. Combines characters into words, and words into text strings, based on context.
Convert Characters to Curves. Creates a visual graphic match for text defined with unknown or unavailable fonts.
Rotate: Rotates drawing any degree in either direction.
Scale Text: Enlarges or reduces the size of the text in the converted file.
Emulate PDF cropping: Cropping removes unnecessary outer areas of a drawing. PDF supports cropping but some vector formats (WMF, CGM, DXF and HPGL) don’t. Without cropping, these formats would transfer unwanted elements during conversion. Activate ‘Emulate PDF cropping’ to ensue clean borders. Using this feature, the resulting file will match the original.PDF.
Show Font Warning: If the fonts in a PDF file are not installed on your computer, the text will not look right. Font mapping ensures the closest match possible. It also compensates for different font naming conventions across systems.
Ignore paths, text images: Turn certain elements on or off during conversion.
CAD Format: Choose your output format. DWG for AutoCAD, DXF for most engineering and technical programs and HPGL for plotter specific applications.
Font Mappings Tab
The DXF/DWG options apply specifically to the attributes of the CAD drawing. Here you can adjust scale as well as treatment of layers and composition.