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Open and Modify PDF Files in CAD Programs

pdf2cad version 12

pdf2cad v12 dropped in December 2019. The current build is 12.2020.2 . For more than 25 years, it's been the best choice for converting PDF, EPS and AI files into DWG, DXG and HPGL. Convert single files or use batch mode and advanced options for power conversions. Available for purchase or on an annual subscription plan.

What's New in pdf2cad?

pdf2cad v12 adds options to convert password-protected PDF files, improves image control and adds automatic font mapping. For a more detailed overview of v12, see What's New in pdf2cad v12?

CAD Plugins

pdf2cad powers plugins for AutoCAD and BricsCAD. Other CAD developers  like GstarCAD, ProgeCAD and Graebert use our CAD SDK to add PDF import and edit to their CAD systems. Can you open and edit PDF in your CAD program? 

Convert PDF Back to CAD Formats

pdf2cad has been the top PDF to CAD Converter for more than 25 years. pdf2cad transforms PDF files into editable CAD drawings. saving hours of redraw time. In seconds, you’ll extract accurate DWG, DXF or HPGL drawings. Works with virtually any PDF drawing saved or printed from an application. Use the converted files in engineering, scientific and architectural programs including AutoCAD, TurboCAD and MicroStation.

pdf2cad is ideal for converting CAD drawings, floor-plans, network diagrams and organization charts.  All entities, layers, line-types, objects and text are ready for editing. pdf2cad is not designed to convert scanned PDF drawings (raster PDF) into CAD formats. It requires computer-generated PDF files (vector PDF). To learn more, read The Difference Between Vector and Raster PDF Files

pdf2cad runs on Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS. We also make dedicated plug-ins for AutoCAD and BricsCAD. Both of these programs will open a PDF file and present it for editing.

Try pdf2cad free for 30 days or send us a test file and we’ll do the conversion for you. It only takes one file to see whether pdf2cad will save you time and money. It’s easy to use yet has powerful options. If you’d rather skip the learning curve, upload a sample PDF file and we’ll do the rest. Try it either way today!

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Compound Grouping

Advanced logic groups elements that belong together. These compound objects can be easily selected, moved, copied, and edited.

Advanced Layers

CAD files have many ways of looking at layers. Convert PDF to layers based on line weight, color, spot color, PDF layers or no layers. Combinations of color and line weight are also possible.

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Intelligent Text

pdf2cad extracts all searchable text and renders it in editable words and text strings.. Missing or mis-matched fonts are automatically mapped or substituted for the best WYSIWG display.

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Object Recognition

pdf2cad intuitively reconnects individual elements to form shapes. A series of arcs becomes an ellipse and a set of lines a polygon.

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CAD Format Options

pdf2cad generates DWG, DXF and HPGL. Virtually all CAD/CAM and technical drawing programs open at least one of these formats.

API & Command Line

All the power of pdf2cad is available through in the PDF Conversion SDK and Command-Line Server. Perfect for developers, systems integrators and OEMs.

Plug-ins Make PDF to CAD Conversion Simple

pdf2cad is the power behind the plug-is we make for AutoCAD and BricsCAD. It's also the engine used by ProgeCAD, GstarCAD, DesignCAD and other popular CAD programs to add their own PDF functionality. Using familiar commands and tools, you can easily open PDF files right within your favorite software.

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Available Language Versions

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Available Platforms

Windows 64-bit systems  •   Windows 32-bit version available upon request   •   MacOS
For Linux, use the PDF Conversion Server command-line version

More Features in pdf2cad

  • Best-selling PDF to DWG, DXF and HPGL Converter for 26+ Years
  • Convert PDF files into standard CAD formats, DWG, DXF and HPGL
  • Convert one file or multiple files using the built in batch mode
  • No limit on PDF size
  • Works with any CAD/CAM system or technical application with DWG, DXF or HPGL import
  • Scaling based on PDF coordinates ensures precision
  • DWG support independent of AutoCAD eliminates TrustedDWG errors and performance hits
  • Convert all pages or specify a page range
  • Intelligent object recognition
  • Combines characters to form editable words and lines of text
  • Cropping

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  • Add white space to page
  • Rotate output by any degree
  • Option to ignore text, images or paths during conversion
  • Map fonts for high fidelity file match
  • Scale page to match original dimensions of file
  • Specify minimum line width
  • Separates layers in CAD drawing based on PDF layers, color or other definitions
  • Dashed/dotted lines as segments
  • Saves all images as referenced file in DXF format
  • Command-line version and Windows DLL available for developers
  • Expanded support for non-standard fonts
  • Option to remove or outline hatches/fills
  • Improved reporting on errors and warnings
  • Streamlined interface for faster and easier conversions

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Overview of
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Check-out the SDK and Command Line Tools

All of the great features you see in pdf2cad are available for developers to use in applications and workflows. It's simple to create a plug-in for your software or embed import and edit PDF features.  Integration requires just two API calls and an afternoon. It's a great way to add high-value features for you customers.

Learn more about the PDF Conversion SDK.

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