By Terry Jiracek, CAD Designer

You are working in Revit on a project nearing the final deadline, and time is of the essence. You want to include the final detail in PDF format, but Revit generally does not support PDF files. What should you do?
You could redraw the detail, but you might miss your deadline. If only there were a way to import the PDF into Revit, you would not have to worry about missing your deadline.
Rest assured. There are ways to incorporate the desired system details and stay on deadline.

Software Versions Matter

If you are using Revit 2020 or newer, you are in luck as direct PDF import is supported in Revit. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the 2D drawing view where you want the information to appear.
  2. Browse to “Insert” > Import > “PDF.”
  3. Select the PDF file you want to place on the drawing.
    • This file must be an un-locked version to be imported. If it is not unlocked, other solutions are available for pre-2020 Revit (see below).
    • If the PDF is a multi-sheet PDF, you have the choice to select the information desired – via thumbnail – in the previewer before placing it.