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Doing takeoffs from PDF floorplan2/1
I was wondering what programs/add-ons you guys are using to pull measurements off of digital, architectural, scaled drawings. I usually get a PDF floor plan from my contractors and do not have a good way of getting accurate measurements if they are not spelled out already.
Adobe has this feature in it.
Click on the edit tab and pull down to analysis, then click on the measuring tool
You will then need to scale by right clicking somewhere on the drawing and selecting change scale ration
I use a tool called screen caliper, like the adobe it calibrates pixels against a known scale measurement. paid like 25 bucks for it and it is very accurate on a good pdf.
another way is to use a program called "Print2cad" where I can vectorize the pdf page to a dxf. open in cad (I use aspire) Aspire has the ability to open a scaled dxf vector (line of length of cabinets) and give me the actual size.
this can be very accurate and well used for shop drawings.
Thanks for sharing Pat. Did not know about this feature in Adobe. I do now!!
I have found that Bluebeam Revu is by far the best at this type of thing. It is a little cheaper than Adobe Acrobat and has a far more robust and intuitive tool set, in my opinion. There are a lot of videos on the website showing many of Revu's capabilities.