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Convert PDF to DWG, DXF or HPGL

pdf2cad v12 is a powerful utility program that transforms 2D vector PDF files, EPS and Adobe Illustrator files into editable CAD drawings. With just a few clicks, you’ll get an accurate drawing, output to DWG, DXF or HPGL format, saving you hours of redraw time.

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Convert PDFs and more back to CAD formats in seconds!

pdf2cad™ v12 is a powerful utility program that transforms vector PDF files, as well as EPS and Adobe Illustrator files, into editable CAD drawings. With just a few clicks, you’ll get an accurate drawing, output to DWG, DXF or HPGL format, saving you hours of redraw time. Once converted, you can open and edit in TurboCAD®, DesignCAD™ AutoCAD®, MicroStation® and other popular engineering programs.

pdf2cad is ideal for converting CAD drawings, floor-plans, network diagrams and organization charts. As long as the PDF, EPS, or Adobe Illustrator file was computer generated, pdf2cad will extract all CAD entities, objects and text, as well as layers, merge pages and more! Images from scanned files are placed on a non-editable tracing layer.

Use the streamlined interface to convert all pages or specify a page range; one file or multiple files using the batch mode. Even access editing features, apply attributes and much more!

Top New and Improved Features

  • 64-bit support – ability to convert larger, more complex files

  • Improved Layering Support – better, more complete translation of PDF drawings into AutoCAD files, as well as support of Unicode-based layer names

  • Unicode Character Support – New ability to convert PDF files containing Asian language text and other international language text to corresponding text in CAD file

“I have to say that the software was amazing! It exceeded my expectations. We have from time to time a need to do the conversion and your software was the only one we found to do such a complete job.” George Root, Port Coquitlam, BC.

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  • Convert vector PDF files as well as Adobe Illustrator AI and EPS files into standard DWG, DXF and HPGL file formats

  • Convert one file or multiple files using the built in batch mode

  • Convert all pages or specify a page rage

  • Intelligent object recognition

  • Concatenates characters to form editable words and lines of text

  • Cropping

  • Add white space to page

  • Rotate output by any degree

  • Option to ignore text, images or paths during conversion

  • Map fonts for high fidelity file match

  • Scale page to match original dimensions of fills

  • Specify minimum line width

  • Separates layers in CAD drawing based on color or other definitions

  • Dashed/dotted lines as segments

  • Saves all images as referenced file in DXF format

  • Command-line version and Windows DLL available for developers

  • Expanded support for non-standard fonts

  • Option to remove or outline hatches/fills

  • Improved reporting on errors and warnings

  • Streamlined interface for faster and easier conversions

  • Added scaling options DXF/DWG format

  • Support of Unicode character set

  • Enhancements handling unknown character encoding

  • Layer based on type of entities

  • Improved nested layering, name verification

  • New option to ignore small images or convert them to vector

  • New option to ignore objects with alpha fill setting

  • Improved font warnings handling

  • Bug fixes and enhancements DXF/DWG formats

  • Enhanced PDF interpreter


New Horizontal and Vertical Flip options when converting PDF drawing.


Added support for Multi-page PDF file to one drawing (Merge, Horizontal or Vertical aligned) in DWG output.


Upgraded support password protected PDF file output to DWG.



Added transparency fill support DXF/DWG format, Scaling factor and support of Circle/Ellipse added to HPGL output.


Text Handling:

New automatic font name mapping engine and Upgraded support of condensed text functionality in DXF/DWG.



PDF layers selection option to convert and Convert objects of each PDF layer to a separate file.



More advanced options for handling image objects.


Option to convert connected LINE objects to one POLYOBJECT.


– 64-bit only; 32-bit version retired with v11

– Supports latest operating system releases including Windows 11 , Windows 10.0

– PDF 2.0 support

- 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system


- 50 MB hard drive