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Sun, May 28, 2006 at 2:03:51 AM | HELP! Import a PDF?

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I know desperation isn't attractive, but I really need some fast answers. I've been asked to produce something by Tuesday, and all I have to go from are some plan and elevation PDFs. What can I do with these? I have to do it in Revit, but have ACAD if that helps translating and importing. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks

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Sun, May 28, 2006 at 2:27:36 AM | RE: HELP! Import a PDF?

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Could I maybe print them, then scan them ...to some kind of format that Revit could use?

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Sun, May 28, 2006 at 11:48:37 AM | RE: HELP! Import a PDF?

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not sure if this will help, but here goes - we have had similar problem with a situation where we had old drawings, photos of the building, but it was very distant from us, so measuring the building was not possible. in our case, we had a couple of known dimensions, but no others, so it was a case of scaling the drawing. fair enough, but a little slow. so we scanned the plan, created a jpeg, inserted that into revit and 'traced' walls etc over it. seemed quicker. of course we had to drag the shape handles on the jpeg image till it was scaling ok. in your case, if you have photoshop or similar, you could convert the pdf's to jpeg, and try our tracing method. otherwise - i remember seeing someone on revitcity with a method to extract stuff from a pdf, but i'm prob dreaming! maybe search the forums. revit is a building modeller primarily, so you'll have to create the building, not 'import' it from elsewhere, so our trace idea might be your best option. hope this helps!

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Sun, May 28, 2006 at 8:52:24 PM | RE: HELP! Import a PDF?

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thanks, that's actually something like what i did this morning i printed the pdfs scanned them as tifs opened and saved them as jpegs in an el cheapo photo program imported them to revit changed the revit scale till it closely matched the one or two dimensioned objects i had to import to every level though couldn't see the image otherwise but i placed a reference object from level 1 thru 8 to line things up so far, so good Smile

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Sun, May 28, 2006 at 9:34:26 PM | RE: HELP! Import a PDF?

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i don't know if this will help or not but i have had some sucess working with converting to a .wmf format and importing into autocad (wmfin command). depending how the pdf was made (whether you can highlight text or not), the imported file into dwg can retain some vector information. then it's just a matter of scaling to suit known dimensions. you may end up with some broken or multiple linework but worth a try and is fairly easy to fix into single line drawing. worth experimenting. Regards John J

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