Convert to AutoCAD command (File menu)

Use this command to convert the selected portion of the active document to DXF/DWG format for drafting and design purposes.

Keys: CTRL + G (,), COMMAND + G ()

After the Convert to AutoCAD option is selected or the icon is selected on the toolbar, a dialog box appears allowing the user to make selections for file type, color palette, and additional options (metrical units, polyline width, drawing insertion point and scale, whether or not connected segments should be merged into a polyline).

The above dialog box requires selections for file type and color palette.

  1. File Type – User can select either DXF or DWG format for the conversion output. AutoCAD DXF is a drawing exchange format that provides some interoperatability between AutoCAD and other programs. DWG (Drawing) is a native format used by AutoCAD to store two and three dimensional design data and metadata. The DWG format used is licensed from the Open Design Alliance.
  2. Color Palette – Select the color palette based on your preferred color settings for AutoCAD and also the color capabilities of the version of AutoCAD you are using. The "Standard" option for color palette is typically black and white and is compatible with AutoCAD 2000 and later versions. The "RGB" option for color palette uses the RGB (24-bit) AutoCAD palette compatible with AutoCAD 2004 and later versions.


– As part of the PDF to AutoCAD conversion, Able2Extract Professional can convert scanned PDFs to vector drawings. This functionality is controlled by the OCR Options found in the Edit menu and in the Conversion options dialog, namely:

  • Default: With this option selected, the raster to vector conversion is automatic. Able2Extract Professional will determine on its own if the page is scanned and will convert any raster graphics in your AutoCAD drawing during the conversion process.
  • Perform Image-based conversion (OCR): This option will manually tell Able2Extract Professional to treat the document as a scanned document and enable the Raster-to-Vector engine (R2V) engine to convert raster to vector during the PDF to AutoCAD conversion.
  • No Image-based Conversion (OCR): Selecting this option will disable the R2V engine and turn off the raster to vector conversion.

– Each page of the source PDF will be converted to a separate file – eg. file Test.pdf, containing three pages, converted to DXF would result in three files: Test_1.dxf, Test_2.dxf, and Test_3.dxf.

– Images from the original PDF are not converted – only vector graphics and text are converted

– Five layers are used in the converted documents – 0, B, H, P, and T.

    0 layer – standard AutoCAD layer

   B layer (has the B label) additional white filled page-sized background rectangle — added to imitate the page background (for the RGB conversion only)

   H layer (has the H label) — for all filled shapes (hatches) from the original PDF

   P layer (has the P label) — for all lines from the original PDF (AutoCAD term — polyline)

   T layer (has the T label) — for all text patterns from the original PDF


The following PDF file was converted into DXF format, for demonstration purposes. The Color Palette selected was RGB:

Using the same file and format, but selecting the "Standard" color palette option, the image will appear as follows:

Because the colors under the standard palette in the above example were converted to black, the filled shapes have been converted to black spaces. To remove these spaces, you can turn off the H layer (filled shapes) in AutoCAD and the document would appear as follows: