Convert a PDF Map to SHP files – GIS – CartoTalk

You currently have javascript disabled. Several functions may not work. Please re-enable javascript to access full functionality. I think you are out of luck. with any pdf, you are bound to have a number of features and text that you'll need to sort through and delete / edit. You be best of going back to the source of the map and requesting the data directly. But, then, if you are trying to avoid having to purchase data by extracting it from a pdf, you would probably end up spending as much time/money doing so and getting a less than ideal (not to mention possibly illegal) copy of the data. If it is a vector PDF you can georeference it in MAPublisher and then export the layers to shapefile. There's still a number of ifs and buts there, it does require you to know the scale and projection of the map and to have some reliable reference data. In addition to that, depending on how the PDF was made (layered or not) you may have a lot of manually sorting out to do.If it's a raster PDF (you did mention 'image'), things will get even more difficult. There is software that can convert raster to vector and 'recognize' features, but I wouldn't put 100% faith in that, so you'd still end up checking and editing manually. I just had the opportunity to try this workflow. Faced with the challenge of digitizing all the campus paths From Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR - I found a PDF composed of vectors. I opened it in Illustrator and first did a little clean-up (snapping vertices, deleting layers I didn't need, etc.) then I exported a DWG. In ArcGIS I loaded a streets layer for guidance, then added the DWG and using the Georeferencing toolbar - was able to snap things into place. I experimenting with a few different projections and had the best match with Web Mercator. I'll need to do a little clean-up in the GIS - but now that I know how it works - I'll do more cleaning in Illustrator before exporting because it's a lot faster. I just had the opportunity to try this workflow. Faced with the challenge of digitizing all the campus paths From Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR - I found a PDF composed of vectors. I opened it in Illustrator and first did a little clean-up (snapping vertices, deleting layers I didn't need, etc.) then I exported a DWG. In ArcGIS I loaded a streets layer for guidance, then added the DWG and using the Georeferencing toolbar - was able to snap things into place. I experimenting with a few different projections and had the best match with Web Mercator. I'll need to do a little clean-up in the GIS - but now that I know how it works - I'll do more cleaning in Illustrator before exporting because it's a lot faster. Source.


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