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Transform PDF Map Features to Shapefiles

PDF maps are great for sharing information but using the data within can be challenging. FME is your #1 sidekick when it comes to shapefile conversions. When you add your PDF file to your workflow, the PDF Reader will automatically detect points, lines, and polygons within your map. From building blueprints to city street networks, FME can do it all!

Stop Tracing, Start Converting!

The PDF Reader is changing the data conversion game. Rather than reading your geospatial PDFs as raster images, it can detect vector features as soon as you add your file while excluding additional text and images. Identifying and choosing which vectors to bring into your geographic information system for further analysis is easy! Drag and drop the transformers like the CoordinateSystemSetter or AttributeManager to create your shapefile instead of tracing areas on a digitizing tablet. For scanned maps, try using the RasterToPolygonCoercer instead!

north vancouver parks PDF map

Before: A PDF map showing zoning areas.

shapefile north vancouver parks

After: The park polygons were extracted and converted into a shapefile.

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Automate PDF to SHP Conversions

Have an extensive collection of PDF maps that you want to convert? Use FME Server to automate running your PDF to SHP workflow in the background while you use your other newly created geospatial vector data. Before you know it, you’ll have a brand new vector dataset that you can use in Esri ArcGIS or other GIS programs. Stop fighting with your data and start using it!
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Join the FME Community

PDFs and shapefiles are used by many FME Community members. If you’re unsure about where to start, head over to the Knowledge Center and check out the tutorials and forum where FME users are always helping each other out. Still stuck? Send us a live chat message, and we’ll help you out one on one!

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Adobe PDF

Adobe PDF documents can contain text, tables, and even geospatial layers to display maps with georeferenced metadata

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Shapefile (SHP)

The Shapefile format is a vector data format that stores the location, geometry, and attributes of geographic features in a set of related files.

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