Free Download: Scan2CAD, the ultimate DXF File Converter

Updated Apr 12, 2017
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Converting to DXF gives you the freedom to edit your designs in a huge range of software. As DXF is an open standard, it is supported by practically every CAD program on the market. This means that when you convert to DXF, you can guarantee that you’ll be able to view and edit your file, no matter which software you use. The file format is perfect for collaboration and sharing, which is why Scan2CAD recommends DXF as an ideal format for conversion.

If you need to convert to DXF, then you need to choose the right conversion software. Enter Scan2CAD, the market-leading DXF file converter. Having been on the market for almost two decades, thousands have already put their faith in Scan2CAD to help get the job done. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how to convert to DXF with Scan2CAD, and how to get the software completely free for 14 days.

The Ultimate DXF File Converter

Scan2CAD is a two-in-one solution, which lets you convert from raster or PDF to DXF. The software supports a wide range of raster file types, including (but not limited to) JPEGTIFFGIF and PNG.

What image file types can you convert to DXF using Scan2CAD?
  • GIF
  • BMP
  • PNG
  • JPEG 2000/JP2/J2C/J2K/JPT
  • IMG
  • PCX

Check out our full list to find out everything you need to know about all 33 file types supported by Scan2CAD.

Converting your image with Scan2CAD takes just 4 simple steps v9_img1

  1. Scan or load your raster image
  2. Optimize your raster image using the editing suite
  3. Convert your raster to DXF 
  4. Perfect and make final edits

Scan2CAD’s conversion process makes use of automatic tracing. It detects the lines and edges of your raster image and redraws them as vector lines, curves, polygons and other vector entities. 

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in Scan2CAD Scan2CAD also includes Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which detects and recognizes text in images, and automatically converts them into editable vector text. Scan2CAD also stays a step ahead of other converters thanks to its neural networks. These work in the same manner as the human brain, and can be taught to recognize unusual fonts and even handwritten text. For a full list of all the OCR features available with each Scan2CAD package, check out our OCR details page.

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Time-Effective Conversion Process

Once you’ve scanned in the raster image you want to convert—or created it in another program—then all you need to do is load it into Scan2CAD, ready for conversion. After you load the image, it takes just seconds to convert from raster to vector, thanks to Scan2CAD’s one-click vectorization process. To convert, just follow these simple steps:

Raster to Vector Image Conversion - Scan2CAD 1. Load your file into Scan2CAD by clicking on FileRaster Load
2. Choose an appropriate image type from the list of vectorization settings in the Type menu
3. Convert your image! To convert, just click the  button to convert lines, arcs, and curves; click  to convert text; or click  to convert both.
4. Save your image as a DXF. Just click on FileVectorSave AsDXF.

For a more in depth process, check out how to convert a PDF to DXF, or how to convert a PNG to DXF.

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Full Editing Suite

In addition to its conversion capabilities, Scan2CAD also offers users an extensive raster and vector editing suite. There’s no need to use a different program—Scan2CAD can convert and edit images, ready for use in CAD, CNC, GIS and CAM programs!

Users can clean up and optimize images before conversion using raster editing tools, to combat common raster issues such as those in the image below:

Poor image quality for raster to vector conversion

Common issues with raster images which can affect conversion

Scan2CAD’s specialized tools are designed to eradicate these issues, and maximize your image to its fullest potential. We advise following our raster quality checklist before any conversion, to ensure that you make the most out of your raster image.

Tip: for a quick and easy guide to the process, visit our list of the top 10 raster effects

What Kind of Raster Editing Tools are Available?

Cleaning and Editing Tools:

  • Remove speckles and fill holes
  • Thin and thicken lines or pixels
  • Smooth and outline rasters
  • Clean up your background and image using simple and adaptive thresholding
  • Negate, mirror and crop

Draw and Erase Tools: 

  • Pen and eraser
  • Three cursor options: graphic, pointer or guide line
  • Flood fill
  • TrueType font raster text
  • Cut, copy and paste

Color Palette Editing Tools:

  • Reduce number of colors automatically or manually
  • Decrease and increase color depth
  • Change the palette so it can match the palette of your CAD program

Color Segmentation and Picture Vectorization: 

  • Users can group together pixels of similar colors, to best represent the original image 
  • Use Picture/Photo vectorization settings for raster images containing solid regions of color

After conversion, users can perfect their vector image using our suite of vector editing tools. You can cutcopypaste and move elements in your vector image—or add or delete vector entities and text—and get the best possible results.

What Kind of Vector Editing Tools are Available?

Draw and Erase Vectors:

  • Draw on a new layer or trace over a raster image 
  • Drawing tools include point, line, ortho line, polyline, circle, arc, Bezier curve and text
  • Erase vectors individually or in a block

Save Vectors:  

  • Users can save vectors in various formats, such as DWG, DXF or PDF
  • DXF can be saved at the same size or scale as the original image, with coordinates assigned to a known point
  • You can even attach raster images to your DXF file

Vector Editing:

  • Stretch, snap and extend vectors
  • Convert vectors from one type to another—e.g., convert arcs to lines, or hatch lines to continuous, dashed, or dash-dot lines

  Vector Text: 

  • Users can create vector TrueType font outlines—text can be converted to outlines that can then be exported to your CAD/CNC program as a DXF
  • Text can be edited and spell-checked
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Batch Conversion with Scan2CAD Scan2CAD is one of the most fully-featured conversion programs on the market. With market-leading vectorization and smart OCR, you can get great results when converting from raster to vector. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Scan2CAD also comes complete with a full raster and vector editing suite, enabling you to optimize your raster image before conversion, and add those finishing touches afterwards to get a perfect vector output. Not only that, but you can benefit from our batch processing capabilities to automate conversion for hundreds of files in just a few clicks!

With Scan2CAD, you can rest assured that you’re using a secure program. Online file converters, meanwhile, may promise the earth, but come with a host of security risks and other issues. When you’re dealing with important designs and information, that’s a risk you can’t afford to take. Scan2CAD however, keeps your files safe.

To put it simply, Scan2CAD offers you more for less.

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Try It Out For Free

When you’re downloading a new program, it may be tempting to download a cracked copy. However, downloading a Scan2CAD crack can compromise the security of your files and system.

So, is there a 100% secure way to try out Scan2CAD for free? The answer is yes!

Download our free trial and you can make the most of Scan2CAD’s full range of featurescompletely free for 14 dayswith no limits. There are no watermarksno restrictions—simply download the software and convert as many files as you like. Click on the image below to start your download now!

Convert Any File to DXF

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