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I receive a lot of PDF maps (vector, image, with georeference and without) and I am having to convert them to an image file before I can add them to ArcMap and georeference. I can't see any obvious out-of-the-box utility that would allow me to add and georeference a PDF directly without having to convert to an image file first. Any ideas?

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Yeah, this is a pain. How about scripting/batching the conversion of PDF to tiff, like some of the methods in this SO post? –  Chad Cooper Feb 27 '13 at 15:08
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We convert PDF to DWG then import them - then geo-reference them to know locations. anydwg.com/pdf-to-dwg.html –  Mapperz Feb 27 '13 at 15:35
    
Similar solutions can be found here. –  ccn Feb 27 '13 at 17:02
    
Thanks. That will work for vector but most PDFs I get are image PDFs, scans, etc. Still, I am looking for a plain easy solution - just add ANY pdf to map as data. –  Jakub Feb 27 '13 at 17:12
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We Export Raster PDF's to Tiff and then georeference the tif. Then digitize or vecotorize the image. backtocad.com/p2c-manual-2013/pdf-to-raster-1-eng.html –  Mapperz Feb 27 '13 at 20:43

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TerraGo Publisher currently has a ArcGIS toolbar that does this. There is currently an ArcGIS Ideas link about adding GeoPDFs into ArcMap.

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I can't find pricing info on their page. I bet its quite a bit. Also don't see the "Add PDF to Map" feature there. Does it only add geopdf ar any pdf to ArcMap? –  Jakub Feb 27 '13 at 14:44
    
I just downloaded a trial of TerraGo, and tried to add a standard PDF to ArcMap (hoping that I could then georeference it). Unfortunately I received an error message about it not being a GeoPDF. –  Stephen Lead Apr 24 at 10:15

I use GIMP 2.8 Open pdf and export as tif or whatever you perfer.

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