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Old 09-11-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Software to use fill in pdf forms

I have a fill in and print form (similar to US Federal tax forms) which allows me to complete the form and then print a hard copy (or to a static pdf using a pdf printer.) The form is obviously designed to be used with the Adobe pdf reader although it will not print using Acrobat reader 10 on a Win 7 virtual machine - way to go Adobe and Microsloth. I can fill in and save the form using Foxit reader on XP (even though the forms are not supposed to be saved with data.)

So the question is... is there any software for Linux which will allow these forms to be filled in and printed? I have tried Evince, PDFedit and Okular. No luck. My web search has found several discussions of converting the pdf to some other sort of file then entering the data and converting back to a pdf, overlaying text on an image of the pdf, etc. Not what I am looking for. I just want to fill the darned form and print it.


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Evince can use fillable PDFs. Check to make sure you are using an up-to-date version though, because the ability to do this is fairly recent.
Old 09-11-2010, 03:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Meson,

I have Evince 2.30.3 - latest in the Lucid repositories. Looked at the Evince home page and it seems that 2.30 is current. Perhaps it is just this particular pdf. I will see if I can find some other fill in pdfs and try them.


p.s. Did just that - downloaded a form from the Infernal Revenue Service and I could fill it out. Must just be the particular form I was working with this AM. An HR form from my former employer (from which I retired a few years ago).

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