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    By Martin Phelps

    AutoCAD 2017 sees great improvement in exporting files to PDF, however there does not appear to be any more functionality since comparing the function between 2016 and 2017 all the options look the same, but it goes work faster and with greater efficiency, so the improvement are behind the scenes.

    The big change in 2017, is that now geometry from a PDF can be edited, this also includes TrueType text and Raster images.

    This should improve work flow and make design changes easier, however more control and care is now required when issuing drawing data. More companies should be looking at document management systems to track issued data. Design companies should no longer rely on windows explorer to save files to folders.

    Importing a PDF as always can be done in a number of ways.

    From the “Application” menu, and select “Import” and “PDF”.


    Or from the “Insert” Ribbon Menu and “PDF Import”.

    Or by typing in PDFIMPORT.

    Using the “File” option, a navigate window is displayed allowing a “PDF” file to be located and added to the current drawing file.

    Once the file has been selected, the “Import PDF” dialogue box is displayed.

    Allowing preferences to be set on Import including;

    • “Location”, “Scale”, “Rotation” and “Insertion point”.
    • “Data to import” “Vector geometry”, “Solid fills”, “TrueType text” and “Raster images”
    • “Layer control”, and “Import options”.

    Once a file has been Import using this method all geometry can be edited using AutoCAD commands and functions.



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