The AEC Associates Architectural CAD Conversion Services play an important role in providing a solid platform for the future design process for architects and other construction industry professionals by supplying good quality converted drawings to them. The quality of these drawings goes a long way in determining the fate of the project; thus the quality and efficiency of Architectural CAD conversion services is paramount. People often wonder what all this fuss about the quality of the conversion process when so many free online conversion software are available and anyone can just go on and convert their drawings whenever needed; however, PDF to CAD conversion is neither a simple nor an easy job. An inefficient or amateurish conversion could result in low-quality drawings with lot of errors, necessitating a reconversion of the drawings or going to the site for measuring the structure again. Let us discuss some of the issues of CAD conversion and qualities essential for Architectural CAD conversion services.
- Convertibility of PDF files:
There are two types of PDF files: raster and vector; former are created by scanning a paper drawing and are converted using raster to vector conversion while the latter are created by saving PDF from a CAD file and the conversion process is quite different. One must ensure that the vendor is able to convert raster, vector and hybrid PDF files to DWG with equal dexterity.
- Editable true arcs, circles and Bezier curves:
The function of Architectural CAD conversion services is to provide editable files because vector PDF files do not contain any CAD arc or circle entities. If your service provider gives you make arcs and circles option; you would find it easier to get true arcs and circles, otherwise arcs and circles are made out of several short lines quite difficult to edit.
Easily editable text strings:
Words and sentences are held in PDF files as sets of individual characters, thus they allow for very fine positional accuracy of text. These sets of characters possess associated positional information, thus reassembly of these characters into strings is quite challenging to say the least. Your service provider should be skilled and experienced enough otherwise the resultant text would contain split words and discreet characters making it quite illegible.
Architectural CAD conversion services perform an important role for the industry and despite the claims of being the best in the business; many don’t have the requisite skill and experience. We shall continue this discussion in our next post to throw light on qualities these vendors should possess.