Original Article Date: Dec 2, 2004
Karl Peterson offers this nifty workflow that shows you how to create a JPG from the contents of a PDF. The resulting image can then be attached as a reference. This may be a nice solution for those of you wanting to attach PDF's as references.
Open the PDF in Adobe Reader Version 6 and adjust the zoom magnification so that the screen resolution displays the contents clearly.
The following setp requires you to drag a rectangle around the contents of the PDF so you may want to first pan accross to the upper left corner. From the Basic tool box, choose Select Image, then poke on the Snapshot Tool
Drag your cursor diagonally from one corner to another to capture the contents of the PDF to place it on the system clipboard. Using this method actually copies your selection as an image even if it contains text. You'll also notice that the colours will flicker or highlight for just a second while it processes it to the clipboard.Once on the clipboard, you can paste the information into any image file using an image editing software package such as Photoshop, Paintshop, Windows Imaging or even Windows Paint.In any case, open the image editing software and create a new image file. Then simply do an Edit > Paste into this file, crop as needed and save it to a JPG, BMP, or TIFF file.Now that you have an image of the PDF contents, you can attach it as a reference to a DGN or DWG file via the Raster Manager.
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