I wonder how to create fillable forms in a PDF, such as this one. I would like to fill out the places that are required to fill out.
By far the simplest way to do this is with Xournal. You type or draw in a layer above the PDF, then export the PDF + your layer as a new PDF. It looks very neat and it is easy to use. Here is a screen shot of the UI with a simple line of text added to your example PDF.
I believe OpenOffice Writer can create fillable PDFs, though it may be lacking some features that you may be looking for such as emailing the output.
The basics are:
- Create a new OO Writer document
- Enable the Forms toolbar: View → Toolbars → Form Controls
- Create your form
- Export as a PDF
Here's a detailed tutorial:
In order to add form fields to an existing PDF, you can install the pdf importer extension for OO writer:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-pdfimport
I just tested that and it works fine with LibreOffice 3.
Download and install Master PDF Editor from here, e.g. the 64-bit version with QT 4.6
cd; wget http://get.code-industry.net/public/master-pdf-editor-3.5.81_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i master-pdf-editor-3.5.81_amd64.deb sudo apt-get install libqt4-svg
- Create new PDF or edit existing ones.
- Add and/or edit bookmarks in PDF files.
- Fast and simple PDF forms fill out.
- Changing font attributes (size, family, color etc).
- Encrypt and/or protect PDF files using 128 bit encryption.
- Convert XPS files into PDF.
- Dynamic XFA form support.
- Validation Forms and Calculate Values.
- Add PDF controls (like buttons, checkboxes, lists, etc.) into your PDFs.
- Import/export PDF pages into common graphical formats including BMP, JPG, PNG, and TIFF.
- Signing PDF documents with digital signature, signatures creation and validation.
- Free PDF Editor on Linux (for non-commercial use)
You can try to OCR the scanned image to convert it to editable text - but that often involves a bit of correction later to fix the mistakes, especially with forms. As discussed in comments below, use the form controls in Libreoffice to add fields to the form if you want to generate a pdf form that can be filled out.
or, what I think I would do, - you could just edit the image (cut'n'paste from the PDF) in a paint/drawing program (maybe LibreOffice Draw?) and insert text at the appropriate points. LibreOffice can convert it back to a PDF as well, as a bonus.
You can create fillable forms with LaTex, using the
hyperref or the
eforms packages. See examples in answers to Creating fillable PDFs on SE:TeX.
You can create PDF forms with OpenOffice Writer that users can fill-in with a simple PDF viewer. You use form controls (View - Toolbars - "Form Controls") and insert fields. There is several steps in the process. How-to do it guide:
So far, for me, all pdf for linux are buggy and unstable. An easy way to overlay info is to:
- Use GIMP to import pdf and save pdf as an image (e.g. tiff)
- Use that image as a watermark in LibreOffice Writer
- Use keyboard to simply type onto the page where you need
- Save as odt and pdf files
I happened to come across this website for software, called PDFfiller when I was looking for a perfect way to edit PDF files. I would really recommend this, no software to download and install. You can fill the text fields, add a variety of checkmarks, digitally sign the form and even add pictures. After your pdf form is completed, it can be printed, emailed, faxed or saved on your computer. You can even send fillable pdf forms to your customers, employees, vendors and partners. Also you can find the right fillable form anytime using the form search engine that contains more than 10 Million forms.
I think that the best tool for this is Foxit Reader. It can be installed in Ubuntu and it has a Type option to fill PDFs.
If you are only interested in filling data into existing interactive forms, our software PDF Studio can also do that and save the forms. It supports acroforms and static xfa forms.