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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
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
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 '14 at 10:15

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

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Same, with GhostScript on command line or GSView if I'm feeling lazy. You loose georeference and layers (on/off) though it's not usually difficult to georeference an image. I would like to see it in ArcMap with layering and georeference but wouldn't pay any more for it. There are utilities that will convert PDF to DXF if you want some vectors out... georeference is almost the same and you can select the vectors and copy/paste. –  Michael Miles-Stimson Mar 16 at 5:56

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