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Selectable text in PDF files from AutoCAD.

A - answer How to export a drawing from DWG to PDF so that the drawing texts behave in the PDF like texts - ie. they can be selected, searched, indexed?

Just write the text using one of the TrueType fonts/styles (in the standard width). Then the classic commands EXPORTPDF, PUBLISH and PLOT will publish - using the internal AutoCAD print PDF-driver (DWG To PDF.pc3) standard "text-based" PDF files. On the contrary, texts based on SHX fonts will be exported as vectors.

See a sample PDF output from DWG

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See also:
Tip 11128:How to convert lines forming a text to a text entity.
Tip 10514:PDF published from AutoCAD 2016 has rectangles displayed around texts.
Tip 10182:How to create a PDF file from DWG without AutoCAD?
Tip 7549:DEPENDS - displaying file dependencies in a DWG drawing.
Tip 7520:DWG to PDF problem in an arabic font.

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