Dr.KLN Drawing files converter is a freeware released by ActCAD Software for the benefit of global engineering community. It is a kind of free pdf to dwg converter though it outputs dxf file.
This software can used by individuals and commercial Organizations for any kind of projects. It is a lightweight pdf to dxf converter which is only 1MB in size. But, it has a prerequisite software Ghostscript which the end user has to download from the producer’s website.
Below is the interface of Dr.KLN Drawing files converter:
This pdf to dwg 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. Please see below table for complete details:
Input File Formats:
Output File Formats:
Refer Below Image to see the output file format:
PDF is a portable document format which is very compact in size and very comfortable to 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 drawing files converter will handle the entities and text in output dxf file if the input pdf is 100% vector. If the in input pdf is a raster, then the dxf file also will created with the image inserted.
Many times the input PDF file may not contain the fonts embedded in it. In such cases, text will converted to curves in output dxf or svg files.
If the PDF contains fonts embedded in it, they will converted as editable text in output dxf or svg files. But, there is an exception if standard fonts are used in PDF file, text in output file should be editable in such cases.
Dimensions, Leaders etc.:
You have to that PDF won’t recognize standard CAD entities like dimensions, leaders, blocks etc. They 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.
Dr.KLN Drawings 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).
In order to effectively use this converter, please make sure the availability of below software on your computer:
.Net Framework 3.5 or higher
Visual C++ 2015 or higher
Existence of “C:\Temp” folder
Ther dialog interface offers many options during the conversion process. The options will highlight or hide based on the conversion scope between input file format and output file format.
You can download and install this software by filling below form:
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