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I have a PDF file with vector images inside it. (I downloaded it from the internet, so I do not have any originals.)

I wish to extract the vectors so that I can overlay them on some other images; use them in print media, or on a website.

How do I extract the specific vectors from the PDF file?

Is there, perhaps, any software which can extract the vectors from a PDF file? (Preferably free.)

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@slhck: I meant Vector graphics. I did use Inkscape, and It works as expected. Can you please put your comment as an Answer, so that I can mark it as accepted? –  Devdatta Tengshe Jun 25 '11 at 12:04

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You can use Inkscape, which is a free, open source and cross-platform vector graphics application. It will allow you to import the PDF files and select embedded vectors. You can then edit them and process as you like.

Detailed documentation is available on the Inkscape website.

Alternatively, you may want to give Adobe Illustrator a go (paid software).

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The problem with Inkscape, is that it requires X11 and is a pita –  MarcusJ Dec 20 '14 at 17:09

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