Frequently asked question
No, it is not possible to georeference a PDF file directly in ArcMap. ArcGIS does not support PDF as an input format. The PDF file must be converted to a supported raster format, such as JPEG or TIFF, and be added to ArcMap before georeferencing.
Converting the PDF file to a supported raster format can either be done by:
Note: In earlier versions of ArcGIS, the 'PDF to TIFF' tool is only available with the Production Mapping extension. In ArcGIS 10.3, the tool is located under Conversion Tools > From PDF.
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