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Title: PDF converter
Post by: don on December 12, 2009, 02:03:54 PM
How can I convert a PDF file into a format that I can use in TC for scale tracing. The drawing I have are dimensioned, but not to scale. Any suggestions.

Thanks Don.
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: Don Cheke on December 12, 2009, 02:10:31 PM
Hi Don,

You should be able to open your PDF in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop and then save it as an image format which you can insert and scale in TurboCAD.

If you don't have either of those image editors you can email me the PDF and I will convert it for you.
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: John R on December 12, 2009, 02:14:01 PM
In Adobe Reader 9, you can go to "Edit / Copy File to Clipboard".
Paste into TurboCAD.
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: don on December 12, 2009, 02:43:27 PM
Hi Don,

You should be able to open your PDF in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop and then save it as an image format which you can insert and scale in TurboCAD.

If you don't have either of those image editors you can email me the PDF and I will convert it for you.

Thanks Don,

I opened in PSP 10, but I couldn't read any text or dimensions.  I'll try a few more options, if I don't have any luck I take you up on your offer.

Edit** John R., I got results using Adobe Reader 9..


Don.
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: John R on December 12, 2009, 04:15:04 PM
Good to hear that you got results.  :)
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: don on December 12, 2009, 06:39:57 PM
Good to hear that you got results.  :)

OOPS!! I meant to reply that I got the same POOR results trying to save from Adobe as I did with PSP 10.  Even my ability to compose a simple sentence is becoming suspect.   :D

don


Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: Josh T. on December 12, 2009, 07:38:19 PM
I've used the free omniformat software from the pdf995 folks (www.software995.com (http://www.software995.com)) to extract image files from PDF's.  I think when you convert pdf to image file you can only save in 300 dpi, if I remember correctly.

You place a copy of a PDF file in a specified "watch" folder, then the program converts all the pages to image files, so you'd have to delete the ones you don't need.  I say "a copy" because Omniformat automatically deletes the file in the conversion process, so keep a copy of the file separate.

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: don on December 12, 2009, 08:04:16 PM
I've used the free omniformat software from the pdf995 folks (www.software995.com (http://www.software995.com)) to extract image files from PDF's.  I think when you convert pdf to image file you can only save in 300 dpi, if I remember correctly.

You place a copy of a PDF file in a specified "watch" folder, then the program converts all the pages to image files, so you'd have to delete the ones you don't need.  I say "a copy" because Omniformat automatically deletes the file in the conversion process, so keep a copy of the file separate.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Josh,

I'll try it out.

don
Title: Re: PDF converter
Post by: T. Karlmann on December 12, 2009, 09:08:49 PM
Good to hear that you got results.  :)

OOPS!! I meant to reply that I got the same POOR results trying to save from Adobe as I did with PSP 10.  Even my ability to compose a simple sentence is becoming suspect.   :D

don

Copy to Clipboard from Acrobat gives very poor results -- it appears that worse than screen resolution is used.  If you OPEN the .pdf file in Photoshop, you get MUCH better results, and can then save it as a jpeg image for use in TC.

Thom