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Hey there guys. So my mother lives in a Co-Housing community up in Vermont and wants me to make up a more professional looking map (potentially interactive web map) from the various bits of data that she and the community have. She does have a PDF of the community itself (building footprints, water lines, roads). So I'm looking to add this into ArcGIS. Would I need to make up the layout on the PDF into a CAD drawing and then bring it into ArcGIS? Or is there some awesome magical way to just convert it over?

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Hey there guys. So my mother lives in a Co-Housing community up in Vermont and wants me to make up a more professional looking map (potentially interactive web map) from the various bits of data that she and the community have. She does have a PDF of the community itself (building footprints, water lines, roads). So I'm looking to add this into ArcGIS. Would I need to make up the layout on the PDF into a CAD drawing and then bring it into ArcGIS? Or is there some awesome magical way to just convert it over?


I believe you can save the PDF as a CAD format (DWG or DXF) and then import directly to Arc. Never done this so not sure what Arc does to the PDF layering. Another option would be to export the PDF as an image and place that in Arc as layer to digitize from, creating new feature classes from the image.

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I believe you can save the PDF as a CAD format (DWG or DXF) and then import directly to Arc.



I think this will require illustrator, though. Or perhaps Acrobat professional. The Illustrator method has worked for me in the past pretty well.

Inkscape (open source) will open most pdf files and can save as either an image or dxf file. As alternative software.

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I believe you can save the PDF as a CAD format (DWG or DXF) and then import directly to Arc.



I think this will require illustrator, though. Or perhaps Acrobat professional.


I don't understand... doesn't every one have Illustrator and Acrobat Pro? :D

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Shhhhhh <-----poor student who recently got far enough into my degree that I realized that I'll need to learn Illustrator hah. The realization of just how much I need to properly learn is kinda overwhelming actually.




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