PDF Import Settings Dialog Box

Sets the options for importing geometry, fills, raster images, and TrueType text objects from a specified PDF file.

List of Options

The following options are displayed.

PDF Data to Import

You can include or exclude data by type.

Vector geometry
PDF geometric data types include linear paths, Beziér curves, and solid-filled areas, which are imported as polylines, and 2D solids or solid-filled hatches. Within a tolerance, curves that resemble arcs, circles, and ellipses are interpolated as such. Patterned hatches are imported as many separate objects.
Solid fills
Includes all solid-filled areas. If these filled areas were originally exported into PDF format from AutoCAD, the solid areas would include solid-filled hatches, 2D solids, wipeout objects, wide polylines, and triangular arrowheads.
Note: Solid-filled hatches are assigned a 50% transparency so that objects on top or underneath can be easily seen. You can change the color and transparency of these objects manually, or you can select them all by filtering for transparency with Quick Select (QSELECT command).
TrueType text
Imports text objects that use TrueType fonts. PDF files recognize only TrueType text objects; text objects that use SHX fonts are treated as geometric objects. TrueType fonts are either matched or substituted with similar fonts available on your system. Imported text is assigned to an AutoCAD text style that begins with the characters PDF_ and the TrueType font name. You can assign a different font to the PDF style with the STYLE command.
Raster Images
Imports raster images by saving them as PNG files and attaching them to the current drawing. The path to each raster image is controlled by the PDFIMPORTIMAGEPATH system variable.


You can choose what method to apply for assigning imported objects to layers.

Use PDF layers
Creates AutoCAD layers from the layers stored in the PDF file, and applies them to the imported objects. The layer names have a PDF prefix. If no layers are present in the PDF file, object layers are created instead.
Create object layers
Creates AutoCAD layers for each of the following general types of objects imported from the PDF file: PDF_Geometry, PDF_Solid Fills, PDF_Images, and PDF_Text.
Current layer
Imports all specified PDF objects to the current layer.

Import Options

Several options are available to control how PDF objects are processed after being imported.

Import as block
Imports the PDF file as a block rather than as separate objects.
Join line and arc segments
Joins contiguous segments into a polyline where possible.
Convert solid fills to hatches
Converts 2D solid objects into solid-filled hatches. 2D solids that can be inferred as arrowheads are excluded. You can use QSELECT to create separate selection sets, hatches and arrowheads to change their properties in a single operation.
Apply lineweight properties
Retains or ignores the lineweight properties of the imported objects.
Infer linetypes from collinear dashes
Combines sets of short collinear segments into single polyline segments. These polylines are assigned a dashed linetype named PDF_Import and assigned linetype scale. You can use QSELECT to identify the objects with this linetype, and reassign different linetypes to them at an appropriate linetype scale.