Is there an available patch for importing GeoPDFs, like the topographic maps that are available through USGS, into a session?

Software that costs $3000 is not a viable option.

  • Did you see this thread: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/53023/…
    – John
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 16:44
  • Possible workaround as noted in gis.stackexchange.com/questions/93705/… Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 17:20
  • I saw that thread and it didn't seem helpful. Also, an alternative to ArcMap is not really a viable option since I am a consultant and our templates are in Arc and we bill based on the use of the program. Thanks for the tips though! I guess there is no way to import GeoPDFs without an expensive tool.
    – Kirian
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 17:52

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If using an alternative to ArcMap is an option, QGIS has the ability to add a Geospatial PDF to the map frame.

Depending on how the Geospatial PDF was created (vector-based or raster-based), you will either need to add the PDF using the "Add Vector Layer" button or the "Add Raster Layer" button. For the sample PDF that I used, I had to load with the raster option.

If ArcMap is required and depending on the number, you could consider opening in QGIS (or use a GDAL command line script) and converting the GeoPDF to a format that Arc can open, like a GeoTiff.


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