Scan2CAD Review & Free Download

Scan2CAD is the ultimate tool when you want to convert your designs in order to open them up to further actions like editing on CAD software. It is a multiplatform program that can run on both Windows and Mac without the need for extra software or addons. The only requirement is for you to either be on at least Windows 7 or macOS 10.12 since older versions are no longer supported. The conversion process does not just happen but instead results in output that is in a fully editable vector format. Actually, the resulting file is compatible with all the popular CAD or CAM programs. The accuracy delivered by this app is guaranteed at 100% and in turn, ensures that the originality is maintained. In the instance you do not want to tinker with so many options that you may be unable to make out, you can take advantage of the available presets that help you even convert files quickly.

With the object recognition feature of Scan2CAD, you can rest assured that every component will be vectorized as supposed to during the conversion process. In addition to that, Scan2CAD boasts of a built-in OCR that comes in handy when you need to automatically convert all the text in your input PDF file into editable vector text in the output DXF file. Better yet, this program is capable of applying raster effects to the input files as a way to clean them before conversion. Other than that, you have the batch conversion feature, automated tasks and lots of editing options at your fingertips when the need arises. This article goes past just introducing the features to bring you a guide on how to use Scan2CAD for PDF to DXF conversion purposes.

How to Use How To Use Scan2CAD To Convert PDF To DXF

This software has been crafted to offer both speed and high performance but at the same time ensure that there is no compromise on the output quality. You may be thinking that this program is pretty complex especially when you consider all the features in the introduction but that is not the case. You will instead realize a very simple and convenient process when you get started with this powerful software. To ensure that anyone coming across this tool is able to accomplish the task at hand without going through a steep learning curve, here is the ultimate guide to steer you there.

Step 1: Start Scan2CAD

Once you have downloaded and installed this program, you just need to launch it in order to arrive at the simple and instinctive user interface shown below. Be sure to skip any instances that require you to register if you are looking to use the trial version for starters.

Scan2CAD main window

Step 2: Open a PDF File To Convert

It is time to open a PDF file that we need to convert into DXF and this app lets you do that in several ways. Label 1 lets you do that via the File menu while Label 2 involves you clicking the referenced button and both ways will open you up to the native way of adding files via the file explorer. Alternatively, you can just drag and drop the PDF onto the area shown below.

import dfx files

Step 3: Save As Vector (DXF)

With the PDF file opened in the viewer, it is time to export it to a vector format. Simply click on the File menu, then “Save As…” and from the side menu, pick “Vector” as indicated by labels 1, 2, and 3 respectively.


After going through the steps above, the “Save vector To File” dialog box will be shown as below and all you need is to make the necessary adjustments here. Going by the labels, Label 1 shows where to pick an output directory, Label 2 shows where to give an appropriate name to the output DXF file while Label 3 lets you pick the output format and for the case of our task at hand, we will choose DXF. Once you are done with that, click on the “Save” button as referenced by Label 4 in order to save the file.


Clicking on the “Save” button indicated above will immediately pop up the windows below that lets you specify various DXF export options depending on your preferences and the kind of output you want in the end. In case you are unsure of what to tinker with here, you can just leave the options in their defaults. Click on the “OK” button to save the changes and continue.


The conversion process will be started immediately and on the successful transformation of PDF to DXF, the “Save Complete” notification will be shown as below. Since we are using the free trial version, you get information regarding the number of conversions remaining and Scan2CAD gives you just five saves. The good thing is that this limitation can be aptly overcome by upgrading to the paid version so that all features can be unlocked for you.


Just click on the “OK” button above to dismiss the pop-up in readiness to get the output DXF file. Remember the output directory you defined earlier, open up the File Explorer and navigate to the directory you picked. You should be able to find the converted DXF file bearing the name you specified just like the case here. You are now ready for further actions using your favorite CAD application.


Scan2CAD takes you through just 3 steps which guarantee you a successful process to convert any PDF file into the DXF format equivalent at the highest level of accuracy possible. PDF files may not be the best when it comes to manipulating 2D and 3D drawings but when vectorized using reliable software like Scan2CAD, editing becomes much more convenient and overly satisfying. With this guide in hand, it will not matter your level of expertise since it has been simplified to enable even a novice to get started without hitting any hurdles on the way. You can rest assured that the free trial period of Scan2CAD will be really helpful in evaluating the features that you can make up your mind to get the paid version. Ultimately, this program will hit the home runs for you when you need to convert PDF to DXF.

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