Rich, Multi-Platform PDF API for Conversion, Creation and Object Access
Visual Integrity® has upgraded its three PDF SDK’s. Together, the PDF Conversion SDK, PDF Creation SDK and Custom PDF SDK provide a robust, multi-platform, set of PDF libraries for Windows, OS X and Linux developers. The SDK’s can be used to open and edit PDF drawings or diagrams within an application or service, extract text, implement object snapping, and more.
The PDF Conversion SDK enables developers to open and edit vector-based PDF files within their application or web-service. Using two API calls, vector PDF files render as editable objects in target applications, such as CAD programs or Visio. The PDF Conversion SDK also extracts text.
The PDF Creation SDK enables PDF generation as well as actions such as merge, watermark, stamp and extract. PDF files can be created from data, scratch, or from existing files. Content can be added and pages can be combined. Performance is enhanced since, unlike most of today’s converters, pages do not pass through a printer driver.
The Custom PDF SDK gives developers direct control over all the objects and text in a PDF file. It can be used to pre-process PDF files, extract specific objects or change objects before importing. Developers can map their native file format to the Custom PDF SDK allowing them to manipulate layers, implement snapping or change attributes from within their own application.
The Visual Integrity PDF SDK’s are at version 11 and include new API calls and conversion options. These enhancements include:
- New API functions to control scaling, layer separation, file-naming, Unicode support, clipping, password protection, page extraction, image quality and warnings.
- Options to specify fill, change images to color lines and for ellipse rotation.
- Improvements to hidden text functionality, font mapping, Unicode filenames, SVG object styles, EMF kerning, DXF layers, EPS fills, PDF parser and rotation.
Graebert GmbH, leading developer of custom CAD solutions for desktop, mobile and cloud, used Visual Integrity’s Custom PDF SDK to implement snapping in ARES® Commander. They also used the PDF Conversion SDK to build the PDF Import Plugin for Draftsight™.
“Our customers really appreciate the capabilities we’ve added to ARES Commander and DraftSight using Visual Integrity’s PDF Conversion API,” says Robert Graebert, CTO of Graebert GmbH. “Being able to snap to an underlay, or, to open and edit a PDF drawing, are really useful, everyday features.”
D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, utilizes Visual Integrity’s Conversion SDK in its PDF Cloud Converter, a notable drawing feature in the company’s System Integrator (SI) platform that improves the PDF insert process for its users.
“Visual Integrity’s PDF Conversion SDK enables our customers to generate WMF files within the D-Tools Cloud Converter, and easily insert them directly into Visio while maintaining the drawing scale and high quality vectors of the original file instead of low resolution bitmaps through the standard Visio PDF converter,” said Adam Stone, President and founder of D-Tools. “With support for layers, grouping and scale, it’s helped further streamline the system design and engineering process for our customers, and has working perfectly for over two years and thousands of pages.”
“Our SDK framework has matured to a point where developers can integrate it in less than a day”, said Jean Haney, co-founder and CEO of Visual Integrity, “It’s that easy to meet their customers’ demand to open and edit PDF drawings or to work with PDF objects and text within their own application”.
The Visual Integrity PDF SDK’s are available in two ways – as a perpetual license with optional maintenance or as an annual subscription. Prices for the perpetual license start at $199 while prices for the annual subscription start at $299/year. An evaluation version of the entire PDF developer framework may be downloaded on the Visual Integrity web-site.
About Visual Integrity
Visual Integrity is an early pioneer and leader in PDF and vector graphics technologies. Since 1993, Visual Integrity has been developing solutions to reuse, repurpose and unlock vector-based content such as drawings, diagrams and technical illustrations. The company has turned its 25 years of vector graphics expertise into desktop programs, such as pdf2cad and pdf2picture, as well as a PDF SDK framework for developers and systems integrators including the PDF Conversion SDK, PDF Creation SDK and Custom PDF SDK. Visual Integrity has offices in The Netherlands and Portland, Maine.
Graebert GmbH, with over 30 years of experience in the industry, is recognized as a true innovator in desktop, mobile and cloud CAD solutions. Their “Trinity of CAD™” concept includee multi-platform ARES® Commander for the desktop, ARES Touch™ for smartphones and tablets, and ARES Kudo™, a full browser based solution. Graebert’s OEM CAD engine powers OEM products including Draftsight™ from Dassault Systems, Onshape™ Drawings from OnShape and CorelCAD™ from Corel Corporation. The company, headquartered in Berlin, also has offices in America, Europe and Asia.
D-Tools, Inc., founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low voltage electronic systems. More than 5,500 leading companies in 87 countries currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process.
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The Open Design Alliance offers PDF Support and Underlay features based on Visual Integrity’s PDF SDK Libraries. This framework can be extended to add PDF Import/Edit, Creation and Conversion to your application. It can also be used for deep access to PDF object data. ODA Members receive a $500 rebate when extending the ODA PDF platform (PdfModuleVI) to add additional PDF functionality. Members using the PdfiumModule receive a $250 discount when subscribing to any of our PDF SDKs.
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The PDF feature is accessible from the main DesignCAD toolbar. Grouped with other plug-in features, Import PDF opens computer-generated PDF files (not for scanned drawings) so they can be modified with the familiar DesignCAD tools.
You can choose which page to open and then set the scaling factor This is an important feature since when PDF files are saved, they lose dimensional information but maintain their scale. By applying a scale factor, you can make sure the file opens with the correct dimensions in DesignCAD.
More can be read in French on the Cogistem website.
Located in Paris, Cogistem is responsible for the localization and sales of DesignCAD for all French-speaking European countries. For more information about the plug-in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Import PDF in TurboCAD and DesignCAD
IMSI Design is a Visual Integrity OEM partner. They offer pdf2cad™ so customers can import PDF in TurboCAD. It also works with DesignCAD and other programs in IMSI/Design’s wide range of products. In fact, Cogistem, the French DesignCAD partner, has been integrating pdf2cad into the French version of DesignCAD for almost a decade now.
TurboCAD is high-performance CAD design software, that offers comprehensive, professional architectural and mechanical CAD features for drafting, detailing and CAD 3D modeling.
About IMSI Design
The TurboCAD Design Group is owned and operated by IMSI/Design. They are the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design) and home design desktop software. Current developments include mobile solutions for the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Construction) industry.
With over 16 million products distributed since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD®, DesignCAD™, TurboFloorPlan®, TurboViewer®, and TurboSite® families of precision design applications for desktop and mobile.
Visual Integrity is proud to be a TurboCAD and IMSI Design partner. Contact us today if you want to try pdf2cad.
ZWCAD 2017 provides a cost-effective solution for the entire CAD workflow, from the very beginning to the very end of your projects, with innovative, collaborative, and customizable features. pdf2cad adds a valuable feature to the mix by enabling you to open and edit PDF files in ZWCAD.
ZWCAD is committed to providing the most reliable and outstanding CAD/CAM solutions for its customers. Their products meet the needs of drafters across the 2D and 3D design industries, including AEC (architecture, engineering, construction), mechanics, manufactures, and electronics.
For the past eight years, ZwCAD distributors around the globe have been bundling pdf2cad with ZWCAD in order to provide great value and meet their requirement to import and edit PDF drawings. Contact your ZWCAD reseller today and ask for the ZWCAD/pdf2cad bundle!
Suzhou Gstarsoft Co., Ltd develops 2D and 3D CAD software and solutions for the AEC, mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, GIS, civil, survey and mapping engineering industries. With more than 18 years of technology innovation and practical application, GstarCAD software is dedicated to providing the fast, powerful and DWG-compatible CAD software for customers and partners worldwide
GstarCAD has built our pdf2cad functionality into a tightly integrated add-on to GstarCAD called PDFtoDXF. Contact your GstarCAD reseller today and ask for GstarCAD PDFtoDXF!
The best-selling PDF to DWG converter is now available as a BricsCAD plug-in.
For more than 25 years, CAD users have relied on pdf2cad to transform PDF files into editable CAD drawings. Now, with pdf2bricscad, PDF drawings open right inside BricsCAD, ready for immerdiate modification.
pdf2bricscad is a plug-in for BricsCAD which opens PDF-based drawings. As soon as the file is on the screen in BricsCAD, use familiar tools and menus to change objects and text. Work with layers and grouped objects. Scale and rotate the drawing. All entities, layers, line-types, objects and text are ready for editing. Save the drawing in any of the supported BricsCAD formats including DWG and DXF. pdf2bricscad converts computer-generated PDF files (vector PDF). Any file saved in a software program will convert.
pdf2bricsCAD is not designed for scanned drawings (raster PDF). These PDF files have no extractable information in them. They reduce to flat images.when scanned. The most you can do with scanned PDF files is use them as an underlay or tracing layer.
To learn more: The Difference Between Vector and Raster PDF Files
pdf2bricscad is available in the BricsCAD Application Store and here on our web-site. Trial versions are available.
BricsCAD® is a powerful CAD software platform. It combines proven DWG with advanced 2D tools and intelligent 3D modeling. It’s available for Windows and Linux. BricsCAD provides Application Developers with the broad suite of APIs. Use them to deliver advanced solutions in the AEC, GIS and mechanical CAD markets.
With new productivity tools and AI-driven workflows, BricsCAD® V20 delivers the ultimate CAD workflow. It’s suited for general drafting, mechanical design, and Building Information Modeling. Bricsys 24/7® collaboration is part of the BricsCAD® V20 product family. Bricsys 24/7 combines cloud storage with the desktop capabilities of CAD. This streamlines and improves collaboration between design team members.
cad2cad Software develops CAD conversion and visualization products such as TwinView Edit and TrueDTP in the European market. They are especially well known for data conversion. Many large companies, as well as engineering, architecture and drawing offices, have opted for their accuracy and reliability of cad2cad’s products and cad2cad depends on Visual Integrity for the PDF to DXF features.
ProgeCAD PDF import and edit powered by Visual Integrity
ProgeCAD offers PDF import and edit as a standard feature. Access “Convert PDF to DWG” from the main ProgeCAD menu. Features includes options for handling fills and layers. Click convert and see the PDF drawing rendered on screen, ready to edit. Now that it’s a DWG file, you can change it using the familiar ProgeCAD tools.
A Visual Integrity OEM customer since 2006, ProgeSOFT has led the way in PDF to DWG support. They were one of the first companies to make PDF import a standard CAD feature. These features rely on our PDF Conversion SDK (CAD SDK).
Click below to see a demonstration video. Contact us if you want to add PDF features in your application or service. The integration takst two API calls and an afternoon.
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