There are times in our life when we stand behind a wall, peek around the corner and snicker at someone pulling dimensions off a PDF document to sketch out a part. The tears roll down their overworked cheeks. If only they could convert the PDF to an .dwg file.

They can. It use to be that you had to take a PDF into Adobe Illustrator and export a .dxf file to get usable data out of the PDF file. That is no longer the case thanks to a handy little site called, wait for it… It’s different from other options in that it’s completely web-based.

All it requires is the PDF file, an email to send the converted file to and an attitude that says, “I’m gonna convert the PDF and you can’t stop ME!” It’s fast too. Here’s a quick look.

All you do is go here… Upload your PDF and enter your email.

I uploaded a PDF and guess what. It went…

I got the email back in a couple of minutes. Is a tool like this handy for you? Sure beats going through Illustrator I say.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.