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Text missing when you open a CAD PDF in Illustrator

Illustrator is usually prettey good about opening PDF files and keeping the text in tact, although usually with some font substitution issues.

I have found that when opening CAD drawings from PDF files that it says it is going to substitute fonts, but when the file opens, all text is missing. There is a quick workaround:

  1. Create a new empty document the same size or larger than the source PDF.
  2. Use File | Place to place the PDF in the empty document.
  3. Use Object | Flatten Transparency...
  4. Check Convert all text to outlines.
  5. Uncheck Convert all Strokes to outlines.

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