We (Visual Integrity) make PDF conversion tools and have plugins for AutoCAD, BricsCAD, Visio, and PowerPoint. We are exploring building an extension for Sketchup Pro.
Our technology opens and explodes PDF into its objects, attributes, layers, and text, all accessible and available for modification. It’s different from PDF Importer, an existing extension that opens a PDF file as a base layer for snapping and measuring.
Today, it seems many people use InkScape to open PDF and convert it to DXF or DWG for use in Sketchup Pro. Our extension would eliminate this intermediate step. It will be based on our pdf2cad, a standalone program that converts PDF files in batch mode to DXF and DWG.
I’m curious to hear thoughts from this group. Specific questions we’d like to explore are:
- Do you ever get PDF drawings that you want to open and edit in Sketchup Pro?
- Would you prefer to use a new PDF Edit Extension for Sketchup Pro, a standalone program like pdf2cad or InkScape as an intermediate step?
- Our extension would be free for 30 days. After that, would you be willing to pay $59 per year to continue using it? More, less?
- What functionality would be key when opening PDF-based graphics for editing in Sketchup Pro?
If you want to learn more about our PDF conversion technology, please take a look at pdf2cad to examine the potential features of a PDF Edit Extension for Sketchup Pro.
I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you on the forum!
Thanks and keep well,