If you have received a PDF file with a drawing that you need to use, the PDF import feature in CET Designer will help you. It lets you add either a page or an image from a PDF file to the drawing area.
You can also follow this procedure to import contents from a PDF file:
- Go to the Tools component tab.
- Select the Image loaded from file component:
- Move the cursor to the drawing area. An image component is attached to it.
- Click once to set a starting point, then stretch the image component to the desired size (without holding down the mouse button) and click once to set the ending point.
- Release the image component by pressing the Esc key or by moving cursor outside of the drawing area.
- Double-click on the image component. The Open dialog is brought up.
- Browse for the PDF file that you wish to use, select it and click Open. The PDF file is loaded and the PDF import window opens:
Drag-and-drop a PDF from your File Explorer to accomplish all the steps above and proceed to Step 8.
- In the PDF import window, the contents can be filtered on Pages or Images for easier access. Click to select the content that you wish to import, and then click the Insert button, or double click on the page or image.
- Close the PDF import dialog window.
- The selected page/image is imported to the drawing area. Selecting the image component brings up the properties box where you have the following options:
Lock position: Prevents the image from being moved accidentally in the drawing view.
Keep aspect: Locks the ratio, preventing distortion when stretched.
Show in 3D view: Shows the image as a flat surface in the 3D drawing view.
Elevation: Height above the floor.
2D Position: Set the image visibility in the 2D view. Front means that it will always be on top, while Back will place other objects on top of the image.
Brightness: Increase or decrease the brightness in the imported image in the 2D drawing view. Increasing brightness can give appearance of transparency.
Measure and scale: Check or set precise dimensions for PDF's that you have imported as images.