[nSLUG] Editable PDFs: what Linux software?

Vlado Keselj vlado at dnlp.ca
Mon Jun 29 11:35:55 ADT 2020

I sometimes use "okular" and it can be used to fill out fillable PDFs:

However, I more often prefer just to ignore "fillable" PDF, but make it
plain PDF and put signature, type etc. over it using LaTeX.

For example, this is one LaTeX file:

------ Start: form-filled-and-signed.tex ---------------


\newcommand{\signdate}{12 Jun 2020}

% Some helpful commands:
\newcommand{\locate}[3]{\node[shift={(#1,#2)},anchor=south west] at
  (current page.north west) {#3};}
\newcommand{\locatemid}[3]{\node[shift={(#1,#2)},anchor=south] at
  (current page.north west) {#3};}

%Use this to include whole form to see how many pages there are etc:

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node at (current page.center) {\includegraphics[page=1]{\form}};
%\input{grid-input.tex} % just some helpful Grid
\locate{6.7cm}{-26.5cm}{\normalsize\tt\vphantom{j} MY NAME}
% signature.png is an image of my signature

% To include other pages:


-------- End: form-filled-and-signed.tex ---------------

If you run command:

 $ pdflatex form-filled-and-signed

you get nice pdf with signature, filled out name, signdate etc.


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