Import PDF

nanoCAD button – Import > PDF
Ribbon: Insert –Import > PDF Import
Menu: File – Import PDF
Command line: PDFIMPORT

You can import geometry, raster images and TrueType text objects from PDF files into nanoCAD documents.

Based on the tasks, you can import PDF files data in different ways:

  • Import data of the entire PDF file or a selected page as nanoCAD objects.
  • Convert the inserted PDF underlay in whole or in part into nanoCAD objects.

Note that when importing PDF data, visual information is retained, but the objects themselves will be converted. The conversion result depends on how the objects were saved in the PDF file.

To import PDF files data:

  • Run the menu command File – Import PDF.
  • In the Open dialogue box, select PDF file to be imported, click the Open button.
  • Set the desired parameters in the Import PDF dialogue box.
  • When importing from multi-page files, select the page or pages to be imported. Pages can be selected by clicking on the thumbnail picture or by entering the page number of the Select field. To select several pages, their numbers should be separated by commas. Multiple selection of page thumbnails can be performed when holding down Shift or *Ctrl * keys.
  • Click OK.


File name: Name of the file to import.
Button to call the Open dialogue box to select another PDF file to import.
Enable/Disable information about the page being inserted (type, size, measurement units).
Buttons to control the page display scale in the dialogue viewport.
Select Display and entry of imported pages numbers. You can insert several pages at once by listing them separated by commas.
Buttons to control transition between file pages in the dialogue box.
Specify insertion point on-screen Enable/Disable the mode to select the data insertion point through indicating by cursor on the screen after closing the dialogue box.
Scale Set a different scale for the imported data.
Rotation Set the rotation angle when importing.
PDF data to import
Vector geometry Import of PDF vector data.
Solid fill Inclusion of all areas having a solid fill in import.
TrueType text Import text objects created with TrueType fonts.
Create Mtext Create multiline text when importing TrueType text. Text objects that use SHX fonts are imported as geometric objects.
Raster images Import of raster images by saving them into external files and subsequently inserting into the current document.
Image files are saved by default to the folder specified in the Options > Standard Directories > PDF import images location.
Use PDF layers Create layers based on PDF life layers when importing. Layers names will begin with PDF prefix.
Create object layers Create layers for each of the common types of objects imported from PDF file: PDF_Geometry, PDF_Images and PDF_Text.
Import options
Import as Select the data import options
Block the imported data into a block or combine.
Group the imported data into a group.
Convert solid fills to hatches Converting solid fill to solid hatch.
Apply lineweight properties Importing vector geometry with the same lineweight as in PD file.
When the option is disabled, vector geometry is imported with default lineweight.

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