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How can I get a 3d autocad model from building plans

I've commissioned someone to create a rendered "artist's impression" of a planned housing development, but he priced it under the assumption that the architect would release Autocad files of the project. It turns out that the architect will only supply PDFs of the building plans. How can I find someone to turn these plans into something my artist can use, and how much should I expect to pay? All I need is the outside of the building, including the grounds and property fence.
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

What are good apps for converting PDFs and other text files to non-PDF files?

What are good apps for converting PDFs and other text files to non-PDF text files? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Is an iPad the best candidate for my stepdad's work computer?

Is an iPad the best candidate for my stepdad's work computer? [more inside]
posted by MiggySawdust on Aug 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How to make an epub from multiple PDFs?

I want to create an epub file from several existing PDFs. What software can I use for this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Aug 27, 2010 - 6 answers

PDF maker

How can I create a high-quality but small file sized, multi-page PDF? I am assembling a design portfolio and have access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge and Indesign. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Aug 23, 2010 - 14 answers

PDF forms with a twist

Is it possible to create a fillable PDF form that includes logic? Assume there is a sum calculation with total of $1000.00 If check box = selected, tax=12%, else if check box off, tax =0. If check box is selected, the tax field will show $120.00 and the grand total below it (sum of total + tax) will be $1120.00 If check box is not selected, grand total will be $1000.00 What is needed to do the above? Javascript? Any example will be welcome! BB
posted by bright77blue on Aug 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Embed same image many times in Illustrator?

Is there a way to embed the same jpg image many times in a single PDF in Illustrator CS5? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

How to automate tracking changes to legislation and U.S. Code?

Jobhack/automation filter: Please help me track legislation and its proposed changes to the U.S. Code. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Aug 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Keeping hyperlinks when saving Word docs as PDF

Losing my hyperlinks when I save Word 2007 documents as PDF. [more inside]
posted by Dukat on Aug 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Export my Mysql PDF binary_blob into a file

Exporting PDF binary blog data into an outfile with mysql. Yeah, remind me how to do that without getting corrupt files again? [more inside]
posted by bhance on Aug 4, 2010 - 1 answer

How to export secondary citations from Google Scholar or similar database??

How can I extract a list of "second-generation" citations from Google Scholar search results, preferably in such a way that this information is easily parsable into lists of authors, titles, journals, and year published? [more inside]
posted by samac on Aug 4, 2010 - 5 answers

What's the best way to print 300 pages worth of documents?

What's the best way to print 300 pages worth of documents? (Said documents are currently PDFs.) [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Jul 28, 2010 - 18 answers

PDF reader that allows stepped highlighting of sentences?

PDF reader that allows stepped highlighting of sentences? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Search multiple PDF files

I have a multi-thousand PDF library of books. They are organized by directory (C:\Lib\Science, C:\Lib\History, etc..) I would like to be able to search across part or all of the library. For example, find all occurrences of "Charles Dickens" in PDF's in the C:\Lib\Literature directory. What (freeware) Windows software can do this and other features?
posted by stbalbach on Jul 11, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me wrangle PDFs

I'm trying to go paperless, and have scanned and OCR'd huge stacks of paperwork into PDF documents. Can you recommend a tool to split, merge, delete pages etc from PDFs? [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Mac OS X: Recovering a corrupted zip file

I've got a ~350mb zip archive that I created a couple of years ago. It contains files that are now fairly important to my portfolio. And I can't get them out. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by pts on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Best PDF reader for iPad

What is the best PDF reader for the iPad? I'm talking about speed, features, reliability, etc.
posted by antgly on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 answers

C with Doxygen > XML > PDF

Any experiences working with Doxygen XML output? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jun 22, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF?

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Convert PDFs to grayscale?

Help me convert PDF files that should be grayscale, but are actually in color. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Jun 18, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable?

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Scientific reading on iPad?

How feasible is it to read a ton of .pdfs on the iPad? Can I save some trees and save my spine? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Jun 13, 2010 - 21 answers

HTML printing problem

Can you help me with this HTML print-sizing problem? I have a 3x5 index card created in Word. When I convert it to PDF, it prints out full size, as in Word. But when I convert to HTML, either from Word or from the PDF, and then print the HTML page, it scales down. Is there a way to make it print full-size in HTML?
posted by markcmyers on Jun 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Why won't Acrobat/Distiller save my file?

Adobe Acrobat/Distiller query: I choose Adobe PDF 9.0 from the print dialog of Word 2008 on my Mac, and choose PDF/X-1a:2001 from the PDF Options. I click Print, am asked for a filename/location, the printing queue window opens, but NO FILE IS SAVED! What am I doing wrong? If I try and open the Word doc from within Acrobat, to output it there, it tells me it can't be outputted as a PDF/X-1a file.
posted by humblepigeon on May 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Even my scans are odd

Is there a free or cheap tool that will allow me to combine two pdf files, one of which is a scan of the even numbered pages of a document, and the other being a scan of the odd numbered pages? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on May 16, 2010 - 9 answers

PDF Filter: How can I split a 100 page PDF document, where each PDF page has two book pages, into a 200 page PDF document?

I have many scans of books in PDF format. The problem is that each PDF page has two side-by-side book pages and I want to optimize them for reading on a kindle. Because the scans are pretty regular, I am hoping it would be easy to automate the slicing of one page into two and then recompiling the halfpages into a single document. Does anyone know of any open source programs to do this? Perhaps a python library? A feature of Adobe Acrobat?
posted by refractal on May 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Is it possible to track where a PDF file goes once in the wild?

How easy or possible is it to track when/where a PDF file is transmitted or opened once it goes out into the wild? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Is there an easy, automated way to receive PDF's of financial statements (bank statement, credit card bill, etc)?

Is there an easy, automated way to receive PDF's of financial statements (bank statement, credit card bill, etc)? [more inside]
posted by stilly on May 6, 2010 - 6 answers

21st Century Programming

How can I get a PDF to do this on my webpage? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Apr 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Android PDF reader: fast, offline, small - pick two

I'm looking for a good offline pdf reader for android (specifically, the G1 running 1.5) [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil on Apr 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Open sesame!

Calling all ascended computer masters: why won't Foxit open my PDFs? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Apr 22, 2010 - 18 answers

Tiled PDF viewer?

Is there a PDF reader that can display pages tiled across the screen, rather than only 2 across? I have a heavily-illustrated 1,000+ page document that I am browsing, and it would be much easier with a tiled view.
posted by tnygard on Apr 17, 2010 - 4 answers

pdf!

Software to organize lots of pdf's? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Apr 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Is there a way to copy text out of a pdf without it starting a new paragraph at the end of each line of text?

Is there a way to copy text out of a pdf and paste it into a word document without word starting a new paragraph at the end of each line of text? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Apr 11, 2010 - 4 answers

How to print PDF from ASP on a tightly-managed network.

Looking for a free PDF creator/library that works from ASP for a very picky client. [more inside]
posted by mystyk on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How to rotate alternating pages by non-90-degree-multiple amounts?

I have a PDF (hundreds of pages) that was scanned from a book. All the odd pages are tilted about 6 degrees left, all the even pages, 6 degrees right. How can I fix this, preferably with free software? A command line solution would be ideal.
posted by dmd on Mar 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Soliciting scanner software suggestions.

Any recommendations for scanning / PDF management software for my Mac that is cheap or, better yet, free? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for an unlocked copy of the 911 commission report

I'm looking for a pdf file of the 911 commission report that is unlocked so I can copy and paste the text into other applications. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Mar 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Pdf to text conversion

What is the best way of converting .pdf to .doc or .txt? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 2, 2010 - 10 answers

I need some information on marking up documents on my computer

I need some information on marking up documents on my computer [more inside]
posted by abbat on Mar 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Hack my Minnesota PDF tax form?

2009 online PDF tax forms for the State of Minnesota only let you print, not save, once you have filled them in. Is there a work around so I can retain an electronic record of my taxes? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 26, 2010 - 14 answers

pdf writer which "does" links

I need a pdf writer which is non bloatware and into which I can put links. (Windows XP) [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Feb 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Making text anchors within a PDF to another part of the PDF?

On the first page of a PDF, there are references to pages included at the end of the document. I'm sure there is a way to make a link on the first page that will take you to another page in the PDF but I can't flippin' figure it out. I'm ripping my hair out.
posted by Foam Pants on Feb 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Recommend a vector-based EAN-13 barcode font

Are there any vector-based barcode fonts? If not, can you recommend software for creating such a font? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Feb 17, 2010 - 6 answers

PDF page to an image, why is this so hard?

How would I go about recreating the document display functionality of Google Books / Safari Books online? I was expecting to be able to take a PDF source and serve each page as a PNG to the browser. This appears not easy to do? It seems like a simple thing to do, but I'm running into a bunch of brick walls. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 16, 2010 - 9 answers

looking for large-format ereader with annotation, ideally cheap without wireless

looking into large format ereader for academic pdfs - a-la kindle dx (but I'd like to annotate, and cheaper would be cool) [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Feb 16, 2010 - 5 answers

How to convert Acrobat Sticky Notes OR Powerpoint presentation Notes?

How to either convert Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 pdf Sticky Notes to text boxes OR to convert Powerpoint presentation notes to new slides? [more inside]
posted by irv4oh on Feb 11, 2010 - 1 answer

Anyone have a free program to unsecure pdf files?

Anyone have a free program to unsecure pdf files? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Feb 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Acrobat has jumbled my pdfs!

I need to read a series of pdfs tonight - the trouble is, the resolution on them is messed up so as to be nearly illegible. Reading all of these will surely make my eyeballs shrivel up & fall out. With only access to Acrobat Reader, is there anything I can do to increase the readability of these pdfs - a way to change from color to b&w, increase the sharpness - anything? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

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