PDF to DWG Free Converter in 2019 – ActCAD 2D & 3D CAD Software

Pdf to DWG Free Converter: ActCAD Software released a freeware called ActCAD Converter for converting PDF files to DWG format. It gives the outputs as .dwg format files.

This software can used by individuals and commercial Organizations for any kind of projects. It is a lightweight pdf to dwg converter which is only 1MB in size. But, it has a prerequisite software Ghost-script which the end user has to download from the producer’s website.

ActCAD Converter:

pdf to dwg free converter

This pdf to dwg free converter uses another technology called pstoedit which developed by Dr.Wolfgang Glunz from Germany. There are about 22 combinations of file formats possible in this software.

Look below for complete details:

Input File Formats:

  • PDF

Output File Formats:

  • DXF
  • SVG
  • CGM
  • HPGL
  • PCB
  • PCL
  • PPTX
  • WMF
  • EMF
  • TXT

The output file format:

PDF is a portable document format which is very compact in size and very comfortable for users to share it with others.

Please note that there could be below possibilities of PDF files like Vector PDF files, Raster PDF files (which scanned as images from a scanner or any virtual printer) and a combination of these two.

This  converter will handle the entities and text in output dxf file if the input pdf is 100% vector. If the  input pdf is a raster, then the dxf file also will created with the image inserted.

Text Conversion:

Many times the input PDF file may not contain the fonts embedded in it.

If the PDF contains fonts embedded in it, they will convert as editable text in output dxf or svg files.

Dimensions & Leaders etc:

PDF won’t recognize standard CAD entities like dimensions, leaders & blocks etc. They are stored in PDF as individual lines, arcs & text etc.

Hence the converted output dxf file will have these entities in exploded format. You cannot be able to select the dimension as an entity. This should be the case with other pdf to dwg or dxf converters also.

Stage Directory:

ActCAD Converter uses a temporary state directory to store files during the conversion process.

Normally all Windows based computers must have “C:\Temp” folder by default.

A user has to make sure the availability of this directory on his/her computer (you can manually create this folder if it doesn’t exist).

Software Prerequisites:

In order to effectively use this converter, please make sure the availability of below software on your computer:

  • GPL Ghostscript
  • .Net Framework 3.5 or higher
  • Visual C++ 2015 or higher
  • The existence of “C:\Temp” folder

The dialog interface offers many options during the conversion process. The options will highlight or hide based on the conversion scope between the input file format and output file format.

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ActCAD is a 2D Drafting and 3D Modeling CAD software which is very economical and  gives the best performance to the users. It is designed in such a way that it makes the users to work with ease. It is also well known for its global licensing facility which is valid for the lifetime. The ActCAD interface is designed to select your commands easily. The ActCAD converter being a feature of the most familiar ActCAD Software serves us with the best outputs/results. Moreover this converter is a freeware released by this ActCAD software. Hence we can conclude that this converter helps the users to convert their files from PDF to DWG format in a free and fair manner.

Murali Krishna

Murali Krishna is holding a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering with spcialization in CAD Software Programming. He worked with reputed Organizaions like Tata Motors, India and TRW Automotive, USA. Specialized in Product Design, Tool Design and Software Programming. Currently he is the Managing Director of ActCAD LLC, USA and Jytra Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India