Export/Import Markup Using PDF

Save or publish ARCHICAD views or layouts as PDFs, then send the PDFs to consultants for markup in a reviewer application (e.g. Bluebeam).

Then import the PDF markups back to ARCHICAD via the Markup Tools palette. The imported markups will appear in the right places, on the original source views in ARCHICAD.

Repeat the process as needed. Each time you reimport markups from a PDF, you can decide whether to skip or include duplicate or modified Markups from earlier rounds.


This method works only if the marked up views originate in ARCHICAD.

On Mac, do not use the Preview function to mark up PDFs for this workflow.

Create PDF Documents for Markup

In ARCHICAD, use the Publisher to create PDF-based Publisher sets or publisher items.

See Create PDF Output Using the Publisher.

Then send the resulting PDF to the consultant for markup in an external application.

Import Markups to ARCHICAD

Once the PDF has been marked up in a reviewer application, import the markups onto the original ARCHICAD views:

1.Open the Markup Tools palette (Document > Markup Tools).

2.In the Markup Tools palette, click Import Markup Entries.


3.Browse for a file in PDF format.


4.Click Options to open Markup Import Options.

Import Markups: Set Options

In this dialog, define how the imported markups should appear in ARCHICAD.

Markup Style

Click the popup to choose a Markup Style for the imported markups.


Note: Markup entries in ARCHICAD are displayed in a chosen Markup Style. A Style consists of two colors: for Corrections and for Highlights. To create or redefine the project’s Markup Styles, click the button to access the Markup Styles.

See also Markup Styles Dialog Box.

Markup Thread

Choose an option for how the imported markups should appear in the Markup Tools palette.


Start New Markup Thread: The imported markup entries will constitute their own thread. (In the Markup Tools palette, you can sort entries by thread.)

Create Response to Selected Markup: This option is available if a markup entry is currently selected in the Markup Tools palette. Choose this to list the imported markup entries underneath the currently active entry, as sub-entries.

Tip: To create a separate “category” for the imported Markups, first create a new Markup entry in the Markup Palette, and give it a name (e.g. “Imported Markups from PDF”.) With this new entry selected, import the PDF markups, and use the “Create Response to…” option. The imported Markups will be listed under this Markup (use Sort by: Thread).

Attribute Conversion Options

Choose how to convert the fills, line types, fonts and layers of the markup items you are importing.



Use Project’s Fill Types: No new Fill Types will be imported from the PDF. Any imported fills that have no counterpart in the project will be transformed into solid fills.

Import as Symbol Fill from PDF: A new vectorial fill attribute will be created in the project and used for imported fills. (For example: “60% PDF Solid Fill”)

Import as Image Fill from PDF: For any fills in the drawing primitives that have no counterpart among the project’s attributes, a new image fill attribute will be created.

Note: If an image fill is generated, then an image file is added to the project’s Embedded Library. If you are working in a Teamwork project, you must have the needed access right: Library Parts – Create

Line Types


Use Project’s Line Types: No new Line Types will be imported. Markup items are displayed using similar, existing ARCHICAD line types (e.g. solid, dashed, dotted). If a corresponding Line Type does not exist in the ARCHICAD project, a solid line is used.

Override with uniform Line Type: Choose one of the project’s Line Types. Imported markups will be displayed using this Line Type.

Import from PDF: Line Types of markup items are imported and added to the ARCHICAD project.

Text Font


Override with uniform Font: Choose one of the project’s font types to display the imported markup text items.

Use available Fonts: Imported markup texts are displayed using similar fonts available in the ARCHICAD project.

Layer of Markup Items


Single Layer from Project: Choose one of the project’s Layers. Imported markups will be placed on this Layer.

Import embedded Layers from PDF: Markup items will be placed on layers corresponding to their embedded layer assignment (if any) in the PDF source. Those embedded layers will be added to your ARCHICAD project.

After setting Markup Import Options, click OK to return to the Import Markup dialog.

Import Markups: Open File

Once you have set import options:

1.Click Open.  


2.In the Select Markups to Import dialog, browse for the marked up PDF source document.


3.Filter the markups as needed:

Skip duplicate Markups: Duplicate markups have already been imported to ARCHICAD, and they have not changed in the PDF since then. Check this option to skip importing these duplicate markups.

Skip modified Markups. Modified markups have already been imported to ARCHICAD, but they were later modified in the PDF. Check this to skip importing these markups.

Skip unidentified Markups: Some external markup applications do not assign unique IDs to the markup items. Thus, these markups cannot be identified as either new, duplicate or modified. Check this option to skip importing these markups.

4.Click Import. An Info dialog appears:


5.Do one of the following:

Click Open Report to see a summary of markups that have been added to the original ARCHICAD views

Click OK to skip the report


6. Navigate to the ARCHICAD views to see the markups.

See Project Markup for details on working with markup entries in ARCHICAD.