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How to import a PDF file into AutoCAD?

A - answer AutoCAD 2010 (and higher) can directly read in files in the PDF format - it imports them as underlays. The contents of PDF files is not converted to AutoCAD entities, but it is displayed as an underlay (xref). You can use osnaps to snap the drawed or edited AutoCAD objects to the lines in PDF files.

The underlay (PDF, DWF or DGN) behaves the same as other external references (xrefs) in the DWG format. To attach a PDF underlay, you can use the PDFATTACH command or the more general ATTACH command.

During the command you can choose specific page(s) in multipage PDF files, the scale, rotation and the insertion point (lower left). If the PDF file is updated, also its contents in AutoCAD is updated.

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See also:
Tip 9972:Create free 3D PDF output files from any CAD software.
Tip 9698:Data formats supported in Autodesk InfraWorks 360.
Tip 9030:Precise loading of PDF files into Autodesk Design Review (and PDF-to-DWF)
Tip 8788:Batch unification of page setups in DWG files.
Tip 8532:Import of 3D DWF files back to editable 3D models.


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