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CAD Module is a new optional add-on utility which can be used with PDFTron SDK 7.0 or later to convert CAD documents to PDF while preserving layers without any external dependencies. Supported CAD formats include DWG, DWF, DXF, and DGN can be directly converted to PDF using the
PDF.Convert.FromCAD method with this module. Beta support for RVT format is also available on Windows.
You can find more details about how to install CAD Module here .
|File Format||Supported Versions|
|DXF, DWF, DWG||AutoCAD R12 and newer|
|RVT *||All ✓|
To use the CAD Module, you must use the
PDFNet.AddResourceSearchPath method with the path to the module's
Lib/ folder to include the module files.
PDFNet.Initialize PDFNet.AddResourceSearchPath("../../../PDFNetC/Lib/"); begin if !CADModule.IsModuleAvailable puts 'Unable to run CAD2PDFTest: PDFTron SDK CAD module not available.' end end
If the module has been successfully added, you can use the
Convert.FromCAD method. This method requires that you pass in a
PDFDoc object that will append converted pages to the specified PDF document.
doc = PDFDoc.new Convert.FromCAD(doc, input_path + inputFileName) doc.Save(output_path + outputFileName, 0)
You can also optionally provide a
CADConvertOptions as an argument to change the
PageWidth attributes for the conversion of the CAD document. If your document is of the RVT format, you can also set the
Sheets attributes to control the rasterization resolution and list of sheets to be converted (RVT beta support currently only available on Windows). You must call the
AddSheets method multiple times depending on the number of sheets you would like to add.
opts = CADConvertOptions.new opts.SetPageWidth(800) opts.SetPageHeight(600) # RVT documents only: opts.SetRasterDPI(150) opts.AddSheets("sheet_id1") Convert.FromCAD(doc, input_path + inputFileName, opts)
By default, layers present in the original CAD drawing will be preserved as Optional Content Groups (OCGs) in the PDF. OCGs can be extracted, edited, manipulated, and removed with PDFTron SDK. They can also be rendered into a viewer where users can interact with them.
The CAD Module ships with the CAD2PDFTest sample which can be used to test the conversion functionality using provided test files or your own documents. The sample first initializes PDFNet, which is required for all PDFTron SDK functionality, then uses
PDFNet.AddResourceSearchPath to include the CAD Module. The same lines of code can be used to integrate the module in your application or project.
The CAD2PDFTest sample also shows how to check if a file is of RVT file format and uses CADConvertOptions to convert to PDF (currently only supported on Windows).
For best results CADModule requires access to fonts (SHX and TTF) used in the drawing. If requisite fonts are not embedded in the drawing and not installed on your server, next best option is to install fallback fonts.
On Linux CADModule uses OpenGL API for rendering 3D objects. In a headless server environment (i.e., without monitors/graphical drivers) implementation of OpenGL specification needs to be provided. One such implementation is Mesa. On headless Linux you may need to install
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