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Portable Document Format (PDF), is a proprietary file format from Adobe that creates lightweight text-based, formatted files for distribution to a variety of operating systems.

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Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting to PDF?

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 ...
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Obtaining print quality PDF or PNG output from QGIS?

I work with people who use ArcGIS Desktop and they have found the best resolution output images are made by creating PDFs. They tell me that *.png and the rest out of ArcGIS Desktop are not ...
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Adding PDF (especially GeoPDF) to ArcMap as data?

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 ...
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Is it possible to georeference an existing, un-georeferenced pdf?

I was wondering if there was anyway to georeference a pdf directly without first converting it to an image. I have access to ArcGIS 10.1 but haven't been able to find any information that would ...
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QGIS export composer as pdf in python

I have a QGIS project which contains a composer. Of course if I go into the GUI I can export it as a pdf etc. For my make script though I want to have this done via a python script. From reading ...
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Can QGIS export Geospatial PDF for Avenza PDF map app?

Since QGIS uses GDAL, does any map exported as a PDF become a Geospatial PDF? I am hoping to import maps from QGIS into the Avenza PDF Map app on my phone. Previous posts mentioned exporting as ...
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Import Vector data to QGIS from pdf and apply georeference [closed]

I am Using QGIS 2.14. I have a PDF created by Mapinfo, it contains multiple layers of vector data that I can open as separate vector layers in QGIS. However no map projection data was saved to the ...
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Automating QGIS project composer printing?

I have a large project which consists of around 10x QGIS project files. Each project contains a print composer with an atlas set up to generate up to 10 maps. What is the easiest way to automate the ...
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Batch exporting MXD to PDF files using ArcGIS Desktop?

Nico Burgerhart made a fantastic script called "Batch export MXD to PDF" back in 2008. http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=14872 Any ideas how to implement it in ArcGIS 10? Something ...
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Renaming non-GIS files through QGIS?

I have thousands of pdf's that have meaningless names, and are scattered across several folders. I need to rename them, and fortunately most of them are referenced through links in spatial layers, ...
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Embedding dynamic maps into PDF files?

Working in consulting, I found that sending clients PDF file with my embedded maps is one of the best ways to achieve a wow-effect from them. The latest pdf file formats all support the layers ...
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Looking for open source component to create PDF from WMS in a web application

I want to create a PDF from WMS in a web map application. Please can anyone recommend a robust component? I'd like free open-source under an relatively business-friendly licence (no GPL, BSD/MIT etc....
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How can I use data from PDF map?

I have a map over Sweden with plenty of data represented as circles of various sizes. The map is saved as PDF from Illustrator, fully editable. I wonder if there is any way I could get these circles ...
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Printing highly detailed and/or complex maps on large format paper?

I don't know if this is the right place for this question but, since it involves maps created with ArcMap, hopefully someone met this same problem. I want to print a highly detailed map of the whole ...
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Extracting vector/point data from single-layer, non-georeferenced vector PDF file

I am trying to extract point data from a non-geo-referenced vector PDF file, to import into QGIS/ArcGIS. You can download a copy of the PDF file here, if interested, but I've tried to include ...
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Batch export from multiple QGS projects to image or PDF

I'm looking out for a way to batch export to PDF or image many composers spread in many QGS projects, the same way the plugin Map Printer does, but on a large number of projects at the same time. ...
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How to improve speed of Export to PDF by ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am working with the Fire Station Wall Map template in ArcGIS 10.1. My export to PDF is taking upwards of 30-45 minutes. Using the default PDF settings in the export menu. My map is 60" x 36" so ...
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Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting a PDF? [duplicate]

I saw this posted about a year ago (Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting to PDF?) but figured it was worth asking again -- is this possible? My usual workflow with ArcGIS is to export to AI then ...
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Producing multiple PDF plots of mapsheets specified by shapefile key from ArcGIS Desktop?

I'm looking for a product that will produce multiple pdf plots of mapsheets specified by a shapefile key (say, 11 x 17) from ArcGIS 9.3 using a single .mxd template, include and orient a common keymap,...
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Which GIS (with GUI) produces good-looking maps for a reasonable price? [closed]

I would like to produce some good looking wall maps. I have an excellent data set, but it seems that most GIS packages are geared towards data analysis etc. as opposed to producing an aesthetically ...
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Import PDF to QGIS

I have a PDF containing a region of Baltimore city that contains lots of polygons in it. You can download it from here: http://www.baltimorecity.gov/Portals/0/agencies/planning/public%20downloads/...
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Export a layered pdf in QGIS 3.0

QGIS 2.x never had an option to export as a layered pdf. Instead there was a cumbersome workaround, involving exporting as an svg, importing into Scribus, and manually adding individual features to ...
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How to keep polygons detailed when exporting in QGIS?

When i export to pdf from QGIS the polygons become rounded or bloated. This image is a printscreen from the workspace in QGIS: This image is a printscreen from the pdf (size A3 zoomed in 800%): ...
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How to export aerial imagery as layers in layered PDF?

I want to show aerial imagery as layers in my pdf, so people can turn them on and off (e.g historical images). However according to ESRI images become merged when exported as a layered pdf. What is ...
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GDAL and Geospatial PDF on Windows

GDAL 1.8 now supports reading GeospatialPDF, see pdf format description page. Using it depends on the poppler pdf library. What is the smoothest route to getting gdal and geospatial pdf working on ...
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I have a Web Application (ASP.NET) made ​​in ArcGIS Server Manager. How to create a button for the user to export his vision for PDF / Image?

I am using ArcGIS Server Manager to create Web Applications (ASP.NET). I would like the customer to access has an option to export your vision to PDF or Image, or both. I would like to generate the ...
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How to export Bing Maps layers to Pdf with Arcmap - and get appropriate resolution?

I've got a GP service that creates a new mxd, adds Bing Layers to it, zooms to a particular extent, then exports a pdf. Sometimes (when the network is slow, I suspect) the resulting pdf has a mixture ...
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Exporting reduced size PDF in ArcMap?

Currently if I export my map to a PDF in ArcMap 10.2, I end up with a PDF that is like 32 MB of data. Our MS Outlook email system caps us off at 15MB per email, so I end up having to open the newly ...
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Exporting mxd using ArcPy/Python without opening it?

I would like to be able to update a load of pdf and jgeg maps once the data has been updated. Currently people have to open each mxd and export the map in each format. I've written a short python ...
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Is it possible to 'scrape' shapefile layer from a map saved as pdf/jpeg?

Data on the changes in voting district delimitations in SA is available as a series of maps (no shapefiles made official). I'd like to create a shapefile by scraping the boundaries from the individual ...
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Reducing time for Export to PDF (or any other alternative to print maps) in ArcPy?

For my work, I designed a tool to create PDF maps with large amount of data, intersected with 5 buffer rings using ArcPy. The job involves intersecting points, selecting points, generating Elevation ...
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Georeference a pdf without losing image quality

My recent project is to impelent a custom and georeferenced image to a leaflet map. I finisehd my custom map using inkscape now having a .svg and a .pdf vector data. As far as i know my next step ...
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How to Automate ArcGIS map production?

I am currently working with high volume ArcGIS (9.3.1 & 10) production of PDF files, part of the companies requirement is that a database (Access 2003) needs filling out with each map, this needs ...
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Making PDF exported from ArcMap have pop-up when clicking on feature?

When converting your map into a PDF from ArcView 10.1, is there a way to make the PDF Map to have a pop-up when you click on a tract?
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Make document path a hyperlink in PDF

We put the location of the MXD at the bottom of every map so people can find it when looking at the final exported map (PDF). Is there any way to make this a hyperlink so people can click on the link ...
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How to fix label texts when exporting .mxd to pdf?

I have exported an .mxd to pdf but once I open the pdf, most of my text labels are mis-represented (altered in someway). This is the first time I've had this issue. - What I did when creating the map ...
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Customized PDF Report of Each Manhole from a Database

I need a way to generate individual PDF reports for all the data collected for each manhole in a database. I would end up with hundreds of reports, one for each manhole in the feature class. The ...
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Can ArcMap text formatting support mailto in text elements (ready for Export to PDF)?

I currently include an email address in a text element created using the Rectangle Text tool and its map gets exported to a PDF file. Is it possible to use ArcMap text formatting (or any other ...
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Layer missing from Export to PDF from ArcPy?

I am using the arcpy module to loop through a number of map features (community areas), zoom to them, title the map with the name of the community area, and export to pdf. The trouble is that while ...
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Print Composer using input from several Spatialite-tables with PyQgis

How can I create PDFs out of QGIS using the Print Composer Templates that include a lot of text (from a text-template) and within the text several information comes out of my spatiallite-database. A ...
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How to convert a finished project in QGIS to PDF

I have finished my project and need to convert it into a PDF file. How can I do it?
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Export to PDF or SVG in QGIS

How do I export to PDF or SVG file? I tried SimpleSVG and it consistently gives me an error message. Then I tried to print to PDF, but it comes up blank and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. ...
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ArcGIS Export to PDF with Thin White Lines

When I go to export to pdf from File -> Export Map, I see thin white lines that show up when I open up the map in Adobe. The lines appear only in the northern hemisphere in Russia, Canada and the ...
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Can I export a pdf that renders my layers differently at different zoom levels?

For example, say I have some streets I would like to show up, and streets are only set to appear at certain zoom level, well that layer does not get exported. There must be a way to do this for pdf, ...
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Exporting ArcGIS Metadata as PDF using ArcPy?

I've been asked to automate the exporting of metadata from ESRI feature classes into .pdf files. We don't want the .xml files, rather a .pdf version of what you see in the Description panel in Catalog....
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Batch Exporting Layouts to PDF in ArcGIS Pro using ArcPy?

Is there a way to batch export layouts in an ArcGIS Pro document to a specific format? For example exporting all layouts to PDF in a file directory. This was possible with multiple MXDs using ...
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Printing to Scale only works for PDF format

I often need to print out 1:1000 scale drawings to use as a basemap for landscape surveying in the field. We draw directly on to the map so it has to be perfect. I've found that when I export to pdf ...
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Exporting Maps as PDFs in R

In R, trying to export choropleth maps with density and frequency histograms as legends; have had success exporting as an image but not as a pdf. Exporting as an image (.png) works well; the map, ...
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QGIS Print Composer Export problems

When I attempt to “Export as PDF” a Print Composer image, it hangs up until I press cntrl/alt/del, whereupon I learn that QGIS is not responding and needs to be closed. I’ve tried this as jpg, jpeg, ...
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Writing PDF Output with PyQGIS?

I am trying to port some code from an older version of QGIS. I have managed to get the map setup fairly to my liking, and can export some content via a command like iface.mapCanvas().saveAsImage("...