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In ArcMap, when you export data to PDF it preserves the layering within the PDF so that you can turn on/off individual map layers (within the PDF itself). When I export from QGIS to PDF, I don't appear to have the option for this.

Does QGIS support preserving layers when exporting to PDF? Is there a special setting needed to enable this capability? Or has anyone wrote a plugin for this feature?

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I have the same question and need. Look forward to presenting pdf maps with layer control. – user4784 Nov 10 '11 at 9:48
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This was on the list of possible Google Summer of Code projects 2010 ( but I don't think anybody got to work on it.

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Thanks for the feedback. Bummer, that would have been a great enhancement to have. Maybe next by summer... – RyanDalton Mar 11 '11 at 16:50
Years later, GDAL is now able to create GeoPDFs from vector and raster data, but QGIS is still behind. – AndreJ Nov 7 '14 at 15:15

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