PDF to DXF conversion failure

Asked by Ken Jacobs on 2017-12-25

I have a PDF that looks great in InkScape, but when I export to DXF, it only gives me a few rectangles ... nothing at all like the image I've got in PDF. I'd love to send a copy of the PDF so you can see it but I don't know how ...

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

You can upload the pdf (and the SVG, please, and screenshots of your export settings) to any file hoster you like, then post a link to the file in a comment here: https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/662225

File hoster examples: dropbox, google drive, framadrop, ...

Please also add info about your operating system and Inkscape version.

Ken Jacobs (kayrjay) said : #2

Thank you for the response ...

I'm using Inkscape 0.92 on a Mac, High Sierra 10.13.2. I've put several files in Dropbox:

Original .PDF
Converted .SVG
Saved as .DXF
Settings for Save As ...
View of .DXF in AutoCAD Web Viewer

Here's the Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/koc4rfbx80gngbx/AABtKFtprqCk2f6two0NtuyXa?dl=0

Thanks for your help!


Ken Jacobs (kayrjay) said : #3

Same problem when running Inkscape on Windows 10. I am using Parallels 13 on my Mac to run Windows.


TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #4

The file contents includes mostly bitmap information, with some text labels.

DXF only expects vector information, so the pdf is not a good candidate for export to dxf.

To create a dxf of the contents, acquiring the original vector information would be best, rather than the laborious task of tracing each line.


Ken Jacobs (kayrjay) said : #5

OK, thanks. I will have to ask our architect for vector PDFs or a valid DXF file ... thanks, and happy holidays!