Editing PDFs

Allen Crider allen at swnews.net
Thu Jul 24 12:32:42 PDT 2003

Declan. Moriarty wrote:

> What's the handiest way of doing this? Google is fairly unproductive on
> this. My particular application was to open a form in pdf format, write
> in information in the blanks, and write it again as a pdf. Everything
> seems to want to convert or divert pdfs, not process them.
> Gs I have, and Acroread. Gs supplies pdf2ps, and ps2pdf, as well as
> pdfopt, which optimises the things sizewise, I gather. So I could go
> this route:
> pdf --> ps --> editor --> ps --> pdf --> pdfopt, but you who
> know me will realise that I, my fonts, or locales would fall over
> somewhere on that route ;-).  I presume there is a wsyiwsg ps file
> editor somewhere in linux?
You don't need to edit the PDF if all you are doing is filling in the
fields. Use pdf2eps to convert the image into something you can place into
OpenOffice, then fill in the blanks by typing _over_ the fields.
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