[TriLUG] [GoLugTech] How to fill in a PDF form in Linux/OpenSource? <SOLVED>
robdale at gmail.com
Thu May 15 21:09:23 EDT 2008
Well, if you're going to go through all that you could also try
filling it in programmatically with just a few lines of Java..
On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 7:08 PM, Steve Litt <slitt at troubleshooters.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I think I've found a way.
> On Linux, at least on my Mandriva 2007 distribution, there's a program called
> pdftoppm. I convert my PDF to one ppm per page like this:
> pdftoppm myfile.pdf basename
> The preceding command converts 2 page myfile.pdf to basename-000001 and
> basename-000002. Unlike the convert program, pdftoppm creates a VERY high
> quality bitmap image. I then edit that image in Gimp, filling in the forms.
> I still need to figure out a way to print the finished form so that it prints
> the same size. Basically, I think I'll need to define a new printer that
> supposedly can print all the way to the paper edges.
> Once again, pdftoppm does a very high quality conversion from PDF to a
> bitmap .ppm image editable with Gimp.
> On Thursday 15 May 2008 17:11, Steve Litt wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I need to fill out and submit a copyright form TX. My Acroread for Linux
>> won't do that. I can import the PDF into Gimp and fill it out in Gimp, and
>> print it from Gimp, but the type of the original PDF becomes extremely
>> pixellated. I can't seem to import the PDF into Inkscape.
>> I print the PDF, scan it at 300dpi, scan it into a .pnm, and then use Gimp
>> to fill it in, but that seems a little extreme.
>> I could print it, fill it in with pen, and then scan the result, but my
>> handwriting is illegible.
>> So what's a good way to fill in a PDF form in Linux/OpenSource?
>> Steve Litt
>> Author: Universal Troubleshooting Process books and courseware
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