This is a go-to solution when you are on a quest to edit DWG or DXF files from previous projects on top of the ability to create CAD sketches. In simpler terms, ActCAD IntelliCAD is a modeling software, supporting both 2D and 3D, that comes in handy when you need to create and edit projects in CAD-like programs like. With a well-organized user interface, ActCAD IntelliCAD is able to deliver rich features that can be utterly utilized towards the best output possible.
Actually, the list of tools at your disposal is so enormous that editing and drawing of models are made ultimately easy. You have a ribbon-like interface where you get to access the various options offered without the software proving complex to get around. When you are not creating new projects from scratch, it is also possible to convert or export the other formats like PDF into DXF in order to be able to open and edit in ActCAD IntelliCAD. You will not need to go through the hassle to seek other tools to do the conversion for you as this program will handle that all in one package.
Therefore, if you have a drawing initially saved in PDF format, you can convert it with this software and then apply any necessary edits that you look forward to. In the next section of this article, we look at how to use this piece of software in realizing a successful process to convert PDF file formats into the equivalent DXF files that can aptly be opened and edited in any CAD-based program.
How to Use ActCAD IntelliCAD
ActCAD IntelliCAD is pretty feature-galore and since our great interest lies in the conversion task, we will look at just that in a step by step tutorial. It is time to kiss goodbye to the hassle of looking for PDF to DXF converters when ActCAD IntelliCAD promises to do that for you without breaking a single sweat. At the end of this guide, you will be conversant with the whole conversion process even when you have started as a novice user. We have gone out of our way to bring you this simple but comprehensive guide that will get you started within no time.
Step 1: Install and Start ActCAD IntelliCAD
This program is not like the others you may have come across before especially when it regards the installation package. Just exercise some more patience when downloading and installing and once all that is over, you will have an interface similar to this one below ready for the conversion process.
Step 2: Start the PDF to DXF Add-on
Going by the title of our step, you should head over to the “Add-Ons” tab on the software ribbon in order to launch our module of interest. Once you are on that tab, click on the “PDF to DXF Converter” icon shown by Label 2 to launch the add-on.
The moment you hit that icon, the interface below will show up on top of the main interface. This will mean that you are on the right track regarding our process of interest.
Step 3: Add/Import a PDF File
It is now the perfect moment to add your PDF files and being so, click on the “Select Input PDF File” icon as shown below.
When the file has been loaded successfully, the full file path will be shown on the left side of the button you clicked as indicated below. You will also notice that the output is set to be saved in the same directory with a similar name except for the extension being DXF. however, you adjust this to your preference in the next step.
Step 4: Define an Output Filename and Destination
As mentioned in the earlier step, ActCAD IntelliCAD will save the output in the same directory as the source file with a similar name except for the extension. In order to apply your own preferences, click on the “Select Output DXF File” button shown below and use the file explorer to pick your directory of choice and an appropriate name.
Step 5: Adjust the Advanced Options
Depending on how you want the output to be delivered, ActCAD IntelliCAD lets you adjust a plethora of options and to access them, hit on the “Options” button shown below. With it, you will be able to open the relevant interface.
Below are some of the options under one of the tabs that you are opened up to including cropping, specifying the output page size, and the pages to be converted for a PDF file that may have multiple pages. Make sure to adjust the options that are necessary here or leave everything at their defaults. Hit the “OK” button at the bottom to save the adjustments you make.
Step 6: Start the Conversion
With every adjustment having been made as required, it is time to get down to the actual conversion process by clicking on the “Convert” button¨.
The process does not take long and within moments, you will be presented with a success message like the one shown below. This will be an indication that the process to convert PDF to DXF has completed and the output can be found in the specified output folder.
By now, you should be able to browse and locate the converted DXF file via the file explorer. And guess what? You have managed to accomplish a successful PDF to DXF conversion task which may have seemed to be complex when you were presented with the robust main interface at the start.
At the end of the day, ActCAD IntelliCAD has presented you with an overly instinctive on top of a flexible environment that has proven to take you there regarding PDF conversion without much hassle. You have been able to convert or rather make those non-editable PDF files be usable on apps that support the DXF format. All the adjustments you would have wanted to make on the resultant file have now become possible thanks to ActCAD IntelliCAD. There you have it! A reliable program that will make PDF to DXF conversion in a reliable and efficient way.