PDF FLY v11 - Comprehensive Suite of PDF Converters


Convert PDF to vector and image formats with PDF FLY. It's a complete suite of vector and bitmap converters in one easy to use product. Transform PDF, PostScript and EPS files into standard formats like DWG, SVG, WMF, EPS, PNG, JPEG and TIF. Using it saves time, improves quality and streamlines workflow. Transform drawings, diagrams and illustrations, all with one powerful product. Perfect for technical writers and other graphics professionals.

All modules include intelligent filter options ensuring a perfect match with the original file. Compensation for format incompatibilities is one of many advanced features. In addition, single file, batch and watch-folder support ensure the best approach for your workflow.

Engineering, technical writing and illustration departments count on PDF FLY for flawless conversions. For cross-industry customers, PDF FLY saves time and enables new PDF workflows. In short, If you need to convert PDF to vector and image formats, PDF FLY provides all the power you'll need.

Features in PDF FLY v11 | PDF Conversion Suite

  • Convert one file or multiple files at the same time
  • Process all pages or specify a page rage
  • Intelligent object recognition
  • Rotate to any degree
  • Combines characters to form editable words and lines of text
  • Option to ignore text, images or paths during conversion
  • Specify minimum line width
  • Separates layers in CAD drawing based on colors
  • Dashed/dotted lines as segments
  • Easy Windows “Wizard” interface selects files, set options and converts in 3 easy steps
  • Outputs industry standard vector output formats, editable at the text and object level. Formats include PDF, EPS, SVG, WMF, EMF, DXF, PS, HPGL, CGM, MIF
  • Generates high-fidelity images for Web and office including JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF. Offers custom resolution settings for print or screen display
  • Options to map, reference, substitute or outline Type 1 and TrueType fonts. Compensates for font mismatches between source and target systems
  • Batch tools (PDF Conversion Server) and developer DLL available (PDF Conversion SDK). Linux and UNIX versions offer command line interface.

VECTOR FORMATS (Scalable and editable):

  • SVG for XML and the Web
  • CGM for tech pubs and engineering
  • MIF for FrameMaker
  • EPS and PostScript
  • HPGL for CAD plotting and viewing
  • WMF for Microsoft Office
  • EMF for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows printing


  • TIFF for imaging, archiving, faxing, printing
  • GIF, PNG and JPEG for the Web or office
  • BMP for Microsoft Windows applications
  • ASCII for index, search and processing


  • ASCII text with placement
  • stripped ASCII text
  • ASCII preview (first few lines from file for summary)


PDF Conversion Suite - Using PDF FLY

This tutorial assumes that you have already installed PDF FLY on your Windows PC and that you can access it from the Start Menu, Desktop or Quick Launch Ribbon. Choose your preferred method and launch PDF FLY to convert PDF to vector and image formats.

Launch PDF FLY and add the files to convert:

Choose PDF File to Convert PDF

Choose Output Format - Vector or Image

Choose the PDF vector output format

Choose the PDF Image output format

Notice the Options button?

Often the defaults are fine but if you need to tweak the settings, all options are covered below by mode (vector or image) . Once you are satisfied with the conversion settings, select "Next".

Convert PDF to vector and image formats - Conversion Summary

Summary of PDF Conversion

Convert the file! That’s it...

Review the summary and select "Convert"

The converted files will be in your file system, usually in the same folder as the original file. Next, you can open them in your application. Choose New Conversion to perform another operation or Exit the application. If there are any warnings, check the Details button to review them. Usually, these will be warnings about fonts which were in the original PDF file but are not on your PC. In this case, your can map fonts or use the substituted font. Errors are very rare and if you encounter one, please report it to us along with the problem file.

Select Conversion Options

PDF Conversion Suite Filter Options

Page Settings Tab

The Page Settings control options that apply to all files. All of the other option vary depending on whether you choose a vector or bitmap output format.

Crop Picture: Remove Margin: By default, the margins of the PDF file are used. This setting can adjust or remove white space.

Page Size: PDF FLY will automatically figure out the page size. If you want to force a standard or custom page size, select it or enter dimensions.

Convert Range: by default, all pages of a file convert. You can set a page range if you only want selected pages.

PDF Conversion Suite Page Options

Expert & Security Settings - All Formats

Password Protected PDF. If the PDF file you are converting has a password, enter it here.

First Page Number. When unchecked, the first converted page will be the same as the file name. For example, page one of myfile.pdf becomes myfile.dxf. Checking this option adds a numeric suffix. In our myfile.pdf example, the first page comes out as myfile-1.dxf (followed by myfile-2.dxf, etc.).

Number of Digits. If you choose the 'First Page Number' option, enter the number of digits for the suffix. A value of 0 makes page 2 of myfile.dxf will come out as myfile-2.dxf; page 3 as myfile-3.dxf, etc. Setting this option to 4, will add a 4 digit suffix (myfile-0002.dxf). Using this feature ensures logical alphanumeric listings in document management systems.

Filename is directory. When checked, the file destination is a new directory. The directory is the chosen output name with no file extension. The converted files save to this directory using only their page number.

Show image warning. Check this option if you want alerts when the input file (PDF, EPS or AI) contains images. Images appear in the CAD output as non-editable IMAGE objects.

Put Images at Back of Drawing. The order in the PDF file is the default. You can place images at the back of the drawing. This is useful when PDF images are transparent since most IMAGE objects are opaque.

Convert cropped images to color lines. DWG and DXF don't support image cropping. Using this option is useful with small cropped images. It converts them to color lines and crops them that way.


PDF Conversion Suite - Vector Mode

General Settings - PDF Conversion Suite

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.

Minimum line width: Defines the minimum line width for each vector object in mm. The default is 0.

Dashed and Dotted lines as segments: Recognizes dashed and dotted lines as lines with attributes. Without this feature on, a dashed line would be converted as a number of small line segments.

Emulate Line Joins and Line Ends:


Font Mapping - Convert PDF to vector and image formats

Font Mapping Tab

Text converts fine when PDF files use standard fonts. If text converts but doesn't display right, you have a font mapping issue. Our PDF Conversion suite helps ensure fonts look perfect every time.

Fonts are a tricky subject. Installed fonts differ from system to system. Sometimes, the same font may even go by different names. For a perfect conversion, the same font needs to be on the source and target system. License agreements protect font vendors from illegal use of their typefaces. Embed only system fonts and permitted fonts. For more detail on font issues, read PDF Font Mapping When Converting Files.

Document fonts display based on comparing the font name in the PDF file with the font name on your system. If the fonts on your PC match the PDF, the file will look perfect. Often, the font names don't match and the text looks 'off' . The first thing to check is whether you have a font name mismatch. Arial Bold, for example, may be “EHJPKB+Arial-Bold” in the original file. The same font is "Arial" on your PC. When you match the two, it's known as "Font Mapping". In this example, map “EHJPKB_Arial-Bold” to “Arial” with font style “Bold”. If you can't make a successful match, we substitute the closest font. This is "Font Substitution" and is automatic.


PDF Conversion Suite DWG DXF CAD Options

DWG/DXF Settings

Scaling Factor:  CAD programs define dimension in units. These units disappear when creating a PDF file but the scale remains. You can set a scaling factor for the x-y relationship during conversion or when you open the converted file in your CAD program. By default, pdf2cad uses 1mm (0,03937 inch) = 1 unit in the CAD output.

Precision Factor: Precision is set to 10. Sometimes, it will help increase coordinate accuracy to change this to 1 or to 100. If none of these settings provide desirable results, please send us the file to diagnose.

Paths as Polylines/Polygons: PDF doesn't understand objects or their relationships. To compensate for this, use our object recognition engine. It identifies lines and curves and renders them as shapes. Polylines are a connected sequence of lines and arcs that create a single object. Polygons are shapes with straight sides.

Layers: By default, all objects are on one layer. You can separate layers by color, line width, PDF layers, spot colors or a combination of color and line width.

Zero line width: Removes 3D effects

Dashed and Dotted lines as segments: PDF sees dashed and dotted lines as lots of individual lines. By selecting this feature, the lines will converted into whole lines with a pattern.

Fill option: Sometimes, white fills in a PDF file show up as black fills in a DXF file. If this is a problem, use this option to ignore white fills.

Advanced PDF to DWG DXF CAD Options

Advanced DWG/DXF Settings

Compound Objects: A compound object is a group of objects that make up a discreet item. The object recognition engine identifies objects to group into compound objects. If you want all graphics to remain as singular objects, turn this off.

Convert Hidden Text Objects: PDF files can have transparent text or text hidden under an object. This option converts all text on the page, including hidden text.

Fit Drawing: The converted PDF is fully visible on the page when opened in a CAD program.

Recognize Circles/Ellipses: Our object recognition engine identifies closed polygons and circular paths. Convert them into circular and elliptical shapes.

Recognize Horizontal/Vertical Dashed Lines: Create one line object with a line-style attribute.

Error Tolerance: This is a tolerance level set for recognition of CAD objects. If one point on the closed polyline is outside of the specified range, it will remain a polyline.

Kerning Factor: This setting controls the space between letters or characters. Apply a kerning factor to make the space between characters wider or more narrow. A factor of 1.2 would increase the space by 120%, Important Note! Spacing problems may not be a kerning issue at all. They may be due to a font mismatch and are best solved through font mapping.

Custom Line Styles: Map line styles in the PDF to custom line styles in the CAD file.

Use True Color: Uses RGB true color values in the CAD file. By default, files use an indexed 256-color table.

Convert PDF to vector and image formats - SVG

SVG Options

SVG Parser: Choose your SVG Parser. If you do not know which to pick, then choose the default Adobe SVG parser. Learn more about the SVG specification.

Scaling: Choose the size that you want the SVG files to be relative to the original.

Embed Raster Images: By default, SVG files reference raster images as separate files. Choose this option to embed the raster images in the SVG file.

Embed Fonts: License restrictions prevent embedding most fonts in files. But, SVG allows it so you can always make sure you have an exact match. Note this will make the file size larger so use with discretion.

Kerning: If text spacing looks odd, you can adjust kerning. If this does not product satisfactory results, you may have a font-mapping issue. Please contact us for help.

PDF Conversion Suite Other format options

Other Vector Format Options in the PDF Conversion Suite

Level Target Application: CGM has many levels and profiles. For best results, choose the level that best suits your application. Level 1 conforms to the original 1987 standard. Level 2 is rare. The most common CGM format is Level 3, from 1993. It's used by technical writers and mechanical engineers. Level 4 is the 1999 standard.

Enable Metric Scaling: Scale using Virtual Device Coordinates or metric measurements. Choose here and add your coordinates if you choose VDC.

WMF/EMF Dither Images: Dither images using a 256 color table

EMF Kerning: This setting controls the space between letters or characters. Kerning usually does not need to change. If you do want to change the character spacing, use a kerning factor. What appears to be a kerning issue may be due to a font mismatch which resolves through font mapping.

Multipage MIF File: When selected, the PDF file will converts into a multipage MIF file. By default, each page will converts separately


Image Formats - PDF Conversion Suite

Image Settings

Dots per Inch: Renders the image using a defined resolution in dots per inch (dpi). Common settings are 600 or 1200 dpi for offset printing, 300 dpi for high-quality office printing, 150 dpi for everyday office printing, 96 or 72 dpi for Web images.

Width or Height of Image: You can force the size based on target dimensions. To maintain aspect ratio (scale), enter either a number in width or height. PDF FLY will calculate the correct dimension to ensure perfect scaling.

Image Quality Factor: 100 will give the highest quality image. Lowering this number will decrease file size which may be desirable. A few tests to visualize the trade-off helps if file size is an issue.

Color Model: Custom or Naive

Rotation: Rotate right or rotate left during conversion..

Convert PDF to vector and image formats - Advanced Options

Image Format Settings

Color-Depth: Set the color depth for the image. Supports 1-bit, 8-bit and 24-bit for BMP, 8-bit and 24-bit for PNG and 1-bit b&w, 1-bit b&w FAX, 8-bit colormap and 24-bit color for TIFF.

GIF Transparency: Make background color (default is white) transparent for Web graphics.

Multipage TIFF: If selected, creates a multipage TIFF file. By default, generates separate TIFF file for each page.

CMYK: If selected, creates a CMYK version of JPEG or TIFF files.

"We use PDF FLY to convert service manuals from EPS to SVG for the web. We have it scripted to save time. Works great!" Honda America Tech Pubs.


Technical writers at American Honda Motor Company use PDF FLY to convert service manuals from EPS to SVG for web display in a scalable vector format. The software is used on desktops as well as scripted via command-line to automate batch conversions.