I get this error, when I try to insert a pdf file into ArcMap Layout view. I have clicked on Insert - Object - create from file, browsed the geo pdf and pressed ok. I get this error:

Failed to create object. Make sure the object is entered in the system registry < I searched for this error and found this: http://support.esri.com/zh-cn/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/27401 Where can I find the script blocking option in Nod32? defence temporary disable is not enough. Or the problem is not with the scripts running in background in that time?

  • Is Nod32 an anti-virus software? Can you disable your anti-virus temporarily to test? Also, if you use Insert-Object-Pdf, I don't think ArcMap supports having full control over various layers in your pdf. I think it comes up as more of a static image.
    – Baltok
    Jan 10, 2014 at 13:50

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arcmap does not natively support pdf file format.
you can ...

  1. convert your pdf to an image file format. (like jpg, png, tif, etc)
    I use irfanview with the pdf plugin to do this.
  2. purchase a third party product like terrago publisher.
    I just noticed that you are probably wanting to insert as an image.

    1 or some derivative will do that.

    In fact file saveas in adobe will do that. (I have pro so not sure if it is in the free reader).
    adobe save
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    Free Adobe reader does not support that. It can convert to text files, Word, or Excel. However, GIMP (free) does support converting pdf to jpg, png, etc.
    – Baltok
    Jan 9, 2014 at 23:34
  • Well, it's a pdf with geographic datas, I mean multiple layers, points, polygons, etc. are in there. And I want to save that to be able for handle the different kind of datas.
    – greyline
    Jan 10, 2014 at 0:19
  • @gregtom6 please edit your original question with more information. it is not clear what the final outcome that you want is. 1. you can insert a picture to the layout. 2. you can with terrago view the pdf as static image in arcmap with georeference (but that costs a bunch). 3. you can convert the pdf If it contains layers (I use pdf2cad) to vector data. which of the three are you after?
    – Brad Nesom
    Jan 10, 2014 at 14:11

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