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VisualRF Map Format



I have been trying to import a map of our facility into visualRF in Airwave but I am having little luck. What format have you had the best luck with. So far I have tried a .dwg but that gives me an error and when I tried to implement a PDF it imported but at a very poor resolution. Any idea's?




Matt H

IT Architect

Re: VisualRF Map Format

Hi Matt H,

I ran into this problem a couple years and found a software program to help with converting PDFs into high-quality PNG files. It's called "ImageMagick" - you'll also want the recommended GhostScript -

It's great for converting individual PDFs or in-bulk via command-line. I would experiment with some of the values in the following discussion -

- Density - I tested various density values (some were too blurry/some were worse than a simple PDF to JPEG conversion) - but found good success at 600 - this does create larger files. I had tried 300 per the stackoverflow link - but I think had problems with that value.

- Rotate by - 90 degrees

- Trim excess space

- Flatten - remove transparency layers (I noticed without this some of my imports into Airwave would show up completely black)


Individual Conversion:

convert -density 600 -rotate -90 -trim -flatten <source-pdf>.pdf <dest-image>.png

Bulk Conversion

mogrify -density 600 -rotate -90 -trim -flatten -format png *.pdf

Re: VisualRF Map Format

+1 on converting to PNG file format. It will give you full control over the resolution/conversion if you do it manually. For dwg files, there are free tools, I think I used the Autocad DWG Trueview (free) which allows a layer selection. Then use the built in Windows snipping tool (or a tool like Greenshot) to create a PNG from your screen.

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