LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-05-2004, 01:55 PM   #1
Mugatu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: VA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 193

Rep: Reputation: 30
pdf help


i downloaded a pdf file that has text boxes i'm supposed to fill out, but the default application it opens with (KGhostView) won't let me enter anything into the form. is there any way i can do this under linux or am i gonna have to go find a windoze box and do it in acrobat?
 
Old 02-05-2004, 01:58 PM   #2
DrOzz
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 4,185

Rep: Reputation: 59
well you can try xpdf
or download adobe reader from www.adobe.com
if xpdf don't work ... and if both don't work, then
i have no idea ;-)
 
Old 02-05-2004, 02:12 PM   #3
bela214
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Distribution: Mandrake 9
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I have had problems with xpdf though, I can open the files from a tmp folder immediately after downloading, but when I try to save them to my drive, they won't open again from the saved location.

System requirements for Acrobat Reader 5 are
Linux 2.2 kernel on X86 computer
64MB of available RAM
26MB of available hard-disk space

it comes in a tar.gz form.
you can download it from www.adobe.com for free.

If you use KDE, you can use this next tip too.

If you still have GhostView opening your pdf files for you, browse through your files in a navigator window, and left-click on any pdf file icon. Choose "open with", then type in the name you saved Acrobat reader under, or browse for the file. Choose "remember application association for files of this type". Then open the file.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 02:31 PM   #4
Mugatu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: VA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 193

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
xpdf wouldn't let me enter stuff into the text boxes either, but Acrobat Reader works just fine. i don't know why i didn't think of that; i guess i just assumed that Adobe didn't make reader for linux. pretty kewl that they do tho.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 03:29 AM   #5
bela214
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Distribution: Mandrake 9
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
*proud of myself for giving sound advice as a newbie, both to Linux and these forums*

 
Old 02-06-2004, 03:35 AM   #6
enigmasoldier
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Florence, Ky
Distribution: CentOS 3.3-4, OpenBSD 3.3, Fedora Core 4, Ubuntu, Novell Open Enterprise Server
Posts: 213

Rep: Reputation: 30
Well why don't you download Adobe Acrobat Reader for Linux. They are the people that invented the PDF standard after all! Sometimes the answers to your problems are much simpler than you thought.

Link:
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
 
Old 02-06-2004, 10:00 AM   #7
Mugatu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: VA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 193

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by Mugatu
but Acrobat Reader works just fine. i don't know why i didn't think of that; i guess i just assumed that Adobe didn't make reader for linux. pretty kewl that they do tho.
sorry if i was unclear. i was implying i downloaded Acrobat Reader for Linux already and it worked fine. i know who invented pdf, i just didn't think they supported linux. i think it's awesome that a lot of major software companies are starting to support linux. finally a step in the right direction...
 
Old 02-06-2004, 10:15 AM   #8
Chris H
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Farnborough, UK
Distribution: Zenwalk
Posts: 288

Rep: Reputation: 30
pdf files aren't intended to be used as forms unless you print them out. xpdf and Acrobat Reader just read what's in the pdf file and display/print it. The pdf format is intended to be read-only for end users.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 10:22 AM   #9
DrOzz
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 4,185

Rep: Reputation: 59
Quote:
Originally posted by Chris H
pdf files aren't intended to be used as forms unless you print them out. xpdf and Acrobat Reader just read what's in the pdf file and display/print it. The pdf format is intended to be read-only for end users.
not true ... some are made to have user input ...
like the one Mugatu has, also like the one he has opened in adobe reader that allowed him to do it
so no, they are not always read only ...
 
Old 02-06-2004, 11:59 AM   #10
Mugatu
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: VA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 193

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
i guess it was technically read-only, cause it would let me fill out information in the form and print it out, but it would not let me save the information i entered into the form (it bugged me about buying the full version of Acrobat when i tried to do that). at least i was able to fill the forms out though; neither xpdf or KGhostView would let me enter anything into them, i could only read/print them.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 12:59 PM   #11
Chris H
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Farnborough, UK
Distribution: Zenwalk
Posts: 288

Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally posted by DrOzz
not true ... some are made to have user input ...
like the one Mugatu has, also like the one he has opened in adobe reader that allowed him to do it
so no, they are not always read only ...


Whoops!

Mental note - "Must RTFM next time"
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PDF to TIFF chr15t0 Linux - Software 5 05-09-2013 10:47 AM
pdf in linux sh4d0w13 Linux - Newbie 3 08-19-2005 02:26 AM
Foxit PDF Reader 1.3: A Nice PDF Viewer Cinematography Linux - Software 6 05-03-2005 05:36 PM
How do I unpack pdf.pdf files corbis_demon Linux - General 5 10-29-2004 10:12 PM
Pdf quietguy47 Linux - General 1 03-07-2003 03:09 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:14 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration