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A geospatial PDF includes information to reference location data. When you import geospatial data into Acrobat, it keeps the location coordinates, allowing you to view and interact with the PDF to find and mark locations.
Geospatial data can be vector or raster-based or a mix of both. After importing the data, you can use it in various ways:
You can create a geospatial PDF using any of these methods:
Once you import a file, you'll see measurements, point positions, and lengths displayed in geographic coordinates. You have the option to modify, measure, and annotate them. Additionally, you can compile a PDF map from various sources.
GeoTIFF files and JPEG 2000 files are raster images that you can import as new documents or as new layers to an existing document. Acrobat preserves the geospatial coordinates embedded in the file. These files retain their geospatial data when they are imported. If you import these files to existing documents, their coordinate system is converted to the coordinate system of the document.
Go to > Create > PDF from file.
Select the geospatially enabled file to import.
It opens the geospatially enabled file as PDF.
To add a shapefile as a new layer to your PDF, it must overlap with the current PDF map. If there's no overlap, it won't be imported. If it partially overlaps, only the overlapping part is imported.
A shapefile comprises multiple files with various filename extensions. When importing into Acrobat, make sure to include both the SHP file and the DBF file.
Go to > View > Show/Hide > Side Panels > Layers.
From the right panel, select > Import As Layer.
In the Import as Layer dialog that opens:
When you open a geospatially enabled PDF, you can do the following:
To access the geospatial measuring tools, from the All tools menu, select Measure objects > Geospatial location tools.
Utilize the Geospatial Location tool for the following tasks:
Open a geospatial PDF and then from the All tools menu, select Measure objects > Geospatial Location tool.
Right-click inside the map, and then select Find A Location.
In the dialog that appears at the bottom, type the latitude and longitude values (degrees, minutes, seconds, or decimal) in the two text boxes, and then press Enter.
If at least one location is available, the location is highlighted with a blue square and the page is centered on the highlighted location.
If the PDF includes more than one map, select the Next or Previous buttons to view additional results, if any. Multiple locations are available in several situations:
When a document contains multiple maps (for example, if a PDF contains a smaller map within a larger map, such as a city within a map of a state or country). When you search for a location within the city, Acrobat finds it in both the larger map and the city map.
When a document contains multiple pages of a map (for example, if page one is a map of a country and page two is a map of a state or city within the country).
To add a comment, such as a place name or address, select the location marker, and then add the information in the comment box.
To mark a location with geospatial information, select Mark Location.
When you open a geospatial PDF, Acrobat's measuring tools read geospatial information and calculate distances and areas based on the actual geography, not just the page or object dimensions. You can use these tools to measure distance, perimeter, and area on any geospatially enabled PDF.
As you move the mouse pointer over the document's content, snap markers appear, indicating when you are on a path or path endpoint. Additionally, the latitude and longitude of your cursor location are displayed when it hovers over geospatial content.
From the All tools menu, select Measure objects > Measuring tool.
In the Measurement tool display, select a measurement type: Distance , Area , or Perimeter .
Snap to paths
Snap to end points
Snap to midpoints
Snap to intersections
If you are using the Distance tool, click where you want to start the measurement, and then drag to the end point and click again. The distance is displayed in the lower-right corner.
If you are using the Perimeter tool, click the map in one corner of the perimeter, and then drag to each corner. Click at each corner and then double-click at the end point. The information window displays the perimeter size.
If you are using the Area tool, click the map at one corner of the area, and then drag to another corner. Click before changing directions. Double-click at the end to display the total area.
To finish the measurement, right-click and select Complete Measurement. Or, select Cancel Measurement.
After you find a location on a geospatial PDF, you can copy the coordinates to the clipboard. From the clipboard, you can paste the data into a web mapping service that reads latitude and longitude coordinates.
From the All tools menu, select Measure objects > Geospatial location tool. Then, right-click the location on the map and select Mark Location.
Acrobat copies the data in this format: latitude then longitude, separated by a space. Paste the data into the address bar of a web mapping service that can interpret the location data.
To change the type of measurement units, right-click inside the map with the Measuring tool and choose Distance Unit or Area Unit. Then select a measurement type.
To change measurement units for all geospatial PDFs, go to > Preferences > Measuring (Geo).
Here are some useful options that you can set:
With these settings, you can customize your geospatial measurements in Acrobat for better accuracy and convenience.
You can export geospatial location and measurement data to an FDF file. Each geospatial annotation contains a GPTS entry representing its latitude and longitude. You can export the following types of information:
To export geospatial data: