MAGNET FIELD: Importing a PDF file - Transform by matching a point

How to use MAGNET Field to import a PDF file and transform by matching a point and then using the points for stakeout

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MAGNET FIELD: Importing a PDF file - Transform by matching a point

This process assumes that you have at least 1 point already in the MAGNET Field file that is visible in the PDF to use to transform (scale and orient) the PDF.

Click Exchange.

Click From File.

Select Multiple in the Data drop-down list.

Select PDF in the Format drop-down list.

Then click Settings.

Select Design Points in the Import Points As drop-down list.

Check Import text if you want the text of the PDF to come into the file.

Check Load points as background drawing if you want the PDF for your background image.

Then click the green check mark button.

Click Next.

Navigate to and select the PDF file that you wish to import.

Click the check mark button once the selection is done.

Review and change any coordinate systems that are not correct for the PDF.

Click the check mark to accept.

The PDF is queried, and a list of the data that is available to import is displayed.

Select the data that you want to import, and click Next.

Determine how duplicate layer names are handled. You can select Merge or Rename.

Provide information as to what to rename it, including if you want a prefix or suffix for the new name.

Click Yes To All.

The Import Status screen shows what has been imported to the file.

Click Transform.

Select how you want to rotate, scale, and transform the PDF into your project.

This example is using By Matching Point.

Click Next.

To select the line in the PDF that you want to match, click the Map button.

Click the button above 1, then select the point above 2.

Click the check mark.

There are three options to get the Origin Point of the line that is being used to transform this drawing:

  • Select it via the Map button.
  • Select it via the List button.
  • Occupy it using the Measure button.

Click the Map button.

Select point 5.

Click the check mark.

Then click the Next button on the next screen.

Review the transformation.

Click Save.

Points and lines are imported, rotated, and scaled. You are ready to stake out.

Click the Home button.