3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 5, 2018 3:09 PM by Jay Maechtlen

    scale pdf object

    Jay Maechtlen

      SW 2014, with current version of Adobe Illustrator. In a SW drawing, I can Insert Object > adobe acrobat > from file, (optionally link)

      It appears in the drawing, I can position it and size the box it appears in.

      However, this seems to only clip/unclip the PDF display, rather than changing the scale of the PDF.

       

      But the scale/relative size of the PDF seems to change as I zoom in and out from the drawing.

      This seems quite odd. How can I lock its scale/size?

       

      Thanks

      Jay

        • Re: scale pdf object
          Kevin Chandler

          Hello,

           

          To resize, manipulate, etc., I recommend using Sketch Picture.

          However, the PDF will need to be an image file, I believe.

          Look up "PDF2IMG". This utility "prints" a PDF to an image file usable with Sketch Picture.

           

          Cheers,

           

          Kevin

           

          EDIT: You can also use Windows Snipping Toll (or similar) to take a clip of it and save that as an image file.

          More control than with PDF2IMG.

          • Re: scale pdf object
            Jay Maechtlen

            When I print the result (of inserted PDF) to PDF, the graphic looks like an icon.

            Broken feature, or functionality that's really hard to use?

             

            Yeah, I will export these from AI to PNG and insert them as pictures.

            Of course, the scaling seems to be completely berserk there also. I will keep trying - this must be possible.

            DWG worked on one, but the other is fighting me. Arrgh.

            It just seems wrong to need to convert vector to raster for use in a vector /model/solids application!

            • Re: scale pdf object
              Jay Maechtlen

              I exported as DXF from Adobe Illustrator and used SW's Insert DWG/DXF.

              The terminology and units between AI and SW still confuses me, but I was able to get them in and they look ok.

              I suppose the picture import could have worked too, but I kept getting tiny images that still thought they were 5x2 inches.

              I did not see the "sketch Picture" feature, but when I zoomed to the tiny pictures, they were not as clear as they should have been for the stated pixel resolution. Dragging them bigger did not seem to help either.

              So DWG/DXF is the best solution so far.