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5 Steps: How to Convert PDF to DWG AutoCAD Quick and Free with progeCAD 2024

Have you ever received a building blueprint or technical drawing in PDF format and needed to edit it in CAD software like progeCAD or AutoCAD? If so, you’re not alone. Many professionals encounter this challenge, and converting PDFs to editable DWG and DXF files can be a time-consuming hassle.

But fear not! In this blog post, we’ll show you a quick and easy way for how to convert PDF to DWG format using The best Desktop-based, High-Quality PDF to DWG converter, progeCAD 2D/3D Professional in 5 Steps, from selecting the files to customizing the conversion options and editing the converted DWG file.

What is DWG? DWG is a native file format used by several CAD packages including AutoCAD and progeCAD. DWG files contain 2D and/or 3D vector image drawings mady by designers, engineers and architects.

How to convert PDF to DWG

Before We Begin:

Before diving into the conversion process, ensure you have the following:

  • 🥇progeCAD 2D/3D software: Download a free copy of progeCAD 2D/3D  from the CADglobal website. You need a Professional, the Desktop-based CAD software for a High-Quality PDF to DWG conversion, not online converter.
  • Your PDF file: The blueprint, drawing, or document you want to convert.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Convert PDF to DWG in progeCAD:

1. Open progeCAD and Access the Conversion Tool:

  • 🏅 This tutorial is in progeCAD 2D/3D Professional, the best AutoCAD replacement since 1999. You can create an unlimited number of a high-quality PDF to DWG conversions during the free 30-day trial version.
  • Locate the top left corner of the program interface and click the icon. This icon typically resembles a sheet of paper with a folded corner.
  • From the dropdown menu, select “PDF to DWG”.

2. Specify Source and Destination Files:

  • A new window titled “PDF to DWG” will appear.
  • In the “Source” section, click the “…” button and browse to your PDF file. Select the file and click “Open”.
  • 💾 In the “Destination” section, specify the location where you want to save the converted DWG file. You can either enter the desired path manually or click the “…” button to browse and select a folder.

3. Choose Conversion Options (Optional):

While the basic conversion works well for most scenarios, progeCAD offers various options to customize the process:

  • Layers: Under “Import layers”, choose how you want to handle layers in the PDF. The default option, “by color”, assigns different colors in the PDF to separate layers in the DWG file.
  • Images: Decide how to deal with images embedded within the PDF. You can choose to “ignore”“rasterize” (convert to bitmap images), or “vectorize” (convert to editable vector elements) the images.
  • White Fills: Specify whether to “import” or “ignore” white areas in the PDF background.
  • Scale and Rotation: If the PDF elements require scaling or rotation, adjust the corresponding values in these fields.
  • Convert Range: This option allows you to select specific pages from the PDF for conversion. Choose “All pages” to convert the entire document or enter a page range (e.g., “1-3”) to convert only those pages.
  • Object Options: For more granular control over specific object types, explore the settings under “Object Options”. This section lets you define how dashed lines, text, and other elements are handled during conversion.
  • Check the last box “Recognize Horisontal/Vertical Dashed Lines” , and set Minimal Line width (mm) to 1.

4. Advanced Settings and Conversion start:

  • While there are additional advanced settings for drawing units, character recognition, cropping boxes, and output formats, these may not require immediate adjustment. For now, we’ll click “OK” to proceed with the conversion.
  • progeCAD will initiate the conversion process. The progress will be displayed in the window.

5. Completion and Editing:

  • Upon successful conversion, progeCAD will automatically open the newly created DWG file.
  • You can now edit the elements within the DWG file using the various tools and functionalities available in progeCAD 2D/3D Professional.

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👉🏼You can download progeCAD 2D/3D Professional for free and start using it right away.

If you want to watch a video tutorial  so that you can work on your drawing in AutoCAD or progeCAD, the best AutoCAD alternative with AutoCAD feel-and-look, check our video How to convert PDF to DWG format.


Converting PDF files to DWG format in progeCAD is a straightforward process that empowers you to import PDF drawings and edit them in your CAD software. By following the steps outlined in this guide and exploring the available customization options, you can efficiently convert your PDFs by using the comprehensive editing capabilities of progeCAD.

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