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This article is meant to guide (Arch)linux users to use PDF forms.
 
This article is meant to guide (Arch)linux users to use PDF forms.
 
Some of the information here is from [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=52084 this] thread.
 
Some of the information here is from [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=52084 this] thread.
  
 
==Reading and filling PDF forms==
 
==Reading and filling PDF forms==
===Evince===
 
[http://www.gnome.org/projects/evince/ Evince] (available in the extra repository) is a GNOME application that can read, fill, and save PDF forms. However, it seems to be unable to work with checkboxes accurately (As of 23/JL/2008).
 
  
For those of you who do not use GNOME, the only gnome-specific dependencies seem to be gnome-icon-theme, gnome-keyring, and gconf.
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===Cabaret Stage===
  
===Inkscape===
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[https://www.cabaret-solutions.com/download-area Cabaret Stage] claims to be able to read, fill, and save PDF forms.
[http://www.inkscape.org/ Inkscape] is an image editing program that can be used to fill PDF forms by importing the PDF file and simply inserting text fields where you want them to be. Its not really filling the form (the fields will probably still be blank if the forms are to be read electronically), but should work well enough if you intend to print them.
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===Okular===
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===flpsed===
[http://okular.kde.org/ Okular] (available in the extra repository) is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4. The last stable release is Okular 0.10, shipped in the kdegraphics module of KDE SC 4.4. Its development began as part of Google's Summer of Code program. The description of the project is located at KDE Developer's Corner.
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Quoting flpsed’s author: “'''[http://www.ecademix.com/JohannesHofmann/flpsed.html flpsed]''' is a WYSIWYG PostScript annotator.  You can’t remove or modify existing elements of a document. But flpsed lets you add arbitrary text lines to existing PostScript documents [...]. Added lines can later be re-edited with flpsed.  [...] flpsed is useful for filling in forms, adding notes etc.
  
Okular combines the excellent functionalities of KPDF with the versatility of supporting different kind of documents, like PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, and others.
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And quoting the aforementioned [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=556501#p556501 thread]: “flpsed, in the AUR, will place text on top of a plain pdf (without the special form fields). (Note: it took me a while  to figure out how to move or edit text that has already been placed, but all you have to do is click on the first letter in the field.  If you click on  the middle of the field, nothing will happen)”
The document format handlers page has a chart describing in more detail the supported formats and the features supported in each of them.
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===Adobe Acrobat Reader===
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{{AUR|flpsed}} is available from the [[AUR]].
Naturally, [http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html Adobe's Reader] (available through the AUR) will be able to read and fill PDF files.
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===Cabaret Stage===
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===Inkscape===
[http://www.cabaret-solutions.com/en/ This] freeware application claims to be able to read, fill, and save PDF forms.
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[http://www.inkscape.org/ Inkscape] is an image editing program that can be used to fill PDF forms by importing the PDF file and simply inserting text fields where you want them to be. Its not really filling the form (the fields will probably still be blank if the forms are to be read electronically), but should work well enough if you intend to print them.

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This article is meant to guide (Arch)linux users to use PDF forms. Some of the information here is from this thread.

Reading and filling PDF forms

Cabaret Stage

Cabaret Stage claims to be able to read, fill, and save PDF forms.

flpsed

Quoting flpsed’s author: “flpsed is a WYSIWYG PostScript annotator. You can’t remove or modify existing elements of a document. But flpsed lets you add arbitrary text lines to existing PostScript documents [...]. Added lines can later be re-edited with flpsed. [...] flpsed is useful for filling in forms, adding notes etc.”

And quoting the aforementioned thread: “flpsed, in the AUR, will place text on top of a plain pdf (without the special form fields). (Note: it took me a while to figure out how to move or edit text that has already been placed, but all you have to do is click on the first letter in the field. If you click on the middle of the field, nothing will happen)”

flpsedAUR is available from the AUR.

Inkscape

Inkscape is an image editing program that can be used to fill PDF forms by importing the PDF file and simply inserting text fields where you want them to be. Its not really filling the form (the fields will probably still be blank if the forms are to be read electronically), but should work well enough if you intend to print them.