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BenGoble (TechnicalUser) (OP)
18 Jul 09 9:12
What's the best method to take autoCAD drawings to Illustrator, I've been trying to use PDFs but hatch appears to be brought into AI as a large number of lines that imitate the hatch but create an incredibly large and slow file. Dunno if I'm creating my PDFs wrong in some manner but they're awfully slow in Illustrator compared to PDF line drawings taken from the net imported into autoCAD. I've =tried reducing the file size with acrobat pro, but they still come out massive in AI. Any ideas?
apepp (TechnicalUser)
18 Jul 09 10:51
from the help section:

AutoCAD files include both DXF and DWG formats. You can import AutoCAD files from version 2.5 through version 2006. During import, you can specify scale, unit mapping (custom unit for interpreting all the length data in the AutoCAD file), whether to scale lineweights, which layout to import, and whether to center the artwork.

Illustrator supports most AutoCAD data, including 3D objects, shapes and paths, external references, region objects, spline objects (mapped to Bezier objects that retain the original shape), raster objects, and text objects. When importing an AutoCAD file that contains external references, Illustrator reads the contents of the reference and places it at the appropriate locations in the Illustrator file. If an external reference is not found, the Missing Link dialog box opens so you can search for and retrieve the file.

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