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Importing drawings into Scaffold Designer is a relatively simple process. 

If you are importing a PDF, PDF programs can be a quick and easy tool for importing plans provided in .pdf format. Information like the page size and scale can be preserved as the plan is added to the drawing page in Scaffold Designer. The procedures starting with step 3. use the free version of Foxit Reader (www.foxitsoftware.com).

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To import drawings or plans:

1. Check scale of the drawing to be imported and make sure that the Page Setup in Scaffold Designer matches that scale.

Refer to Customizing the Drawing Page Size and/or Scale for details on how to change the scale of a drawing in Scaffold Designer.

With the scale set in Scaffold Designer you can import the drawing. Scaffold Designer works on top of Microsoft Visio, so all of the standard Microsoft functions (such as Copy/Paste) work in Scaffold Designer as well.

If you are importing an image, go to step 2. If you are importing a PDF, go to step 3.

Copying and Pasting an Image

2. If the drawing is an image (such as a .jpg or a .png, etc.):

a. Launch the image in your default image viewer or editor.

b. Copy the image, for example buy right-clicking it and selecting Copy from the menu that appears.

This copies the drawing page to the Clipboard.

c. Right-click anywhere on the Scaffold Designer drawing page and select Paste from the menu that appears.


The drawing appears in Scaffold Designer, where you can move, scale and crop it as necessary.

Copying and Pasting a Plan From PDF File 

3. If the drawing is a .pdf, we recommend taking a snapshot of the drawing page and paste that into Scaffold Designer.

There are many PDF readers such as Foxit Reader available for free that make this process very simple. In Foxit Reader:

a. Open the drawing, click the Zoom menu and select 100%.

b. Click the SnapShot button.

c. Click anywhere on the drawing.

This copies the drawing page to the Clipboard.

d. Right-click anywhere on the Scaffold Designer drawing page and select Paste from the menu that appears.


The drawing appears in Scaffold Designer, where you can move, scale and crop it as necessary.





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