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how do i make a .pdf that can be typed on?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by I'm_Not_A_Monster, 13 Feb 2008.

  1. I'm_Not_A_Monster

    I'm_Not_A_Monster Hey, eat this...

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    i'm looking for some way to make a pdf able to be typed on. i have some forms that i have to type up fairly regularly and would like to make a default template so i can just open up the file and type it up without having to resave the base file constantly.

    if i'm not explaining it right, i want to know how to make something like this (.pdf)
     
  2. Shielder

    Shielder Live long & prosper!

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    I think the only way to do it is to use Acrobat Writer. I could be wrong, but as far as I know, nothing else enables editable flash documents.

    Andy
     
  3. I'm_Not_A_Monster

    I'm_Not_A_Monster Hey, eat this...

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    is there a free version of AW?
     
  4. Shielder

    Shielder Live long & prosper!

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    Not as far as I know. Last time I looked it cost about £400:jawdrop:

    There may be a way to do it using some other software, but I doubt it. Have a google and see.

    Andy
     
  5. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    Not what you want exactly, but we use excel for that sort of thing, and just protect the fields we don't want editing. You can have little drop down boxes to make filling it in easier too.
     
  6. Austin

    Austin Minimodder

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    :confused: I seem to remember reading about Open Office or Google Docs adding PDF support, may be worth checking out. Other than that would a simple word processing document not suffice?
     
  7. monkeybone

    monkeybone What's a Dremel?

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    Adobe standard allows you to set the pdf file as writable. A cheaper solution would be to get something like ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 4. It retails for around $130 CAD. It has the same type of functions as adobe but without paying the price.

    Monkeybone
     
  8. Shielder

    Shielder Live long & prosper!

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    Austin, OpenOffice has had .pdf creation right from the start. The only thing is, it only produces read only documents. I have not seen it produce .pdf docs with writable fields before.

    Andy
     
  9. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    I've seen MS Word documents including tables, you could fill in the boxes but they've been very easy to mess up the text outside the table cell; maybe because they weren't well written. However, if it's for your own use that's less of a problem.

    The Excel idea with protected cells works well, I've not tried importing such a sheet into Word but sounds doable.

    PDF by intent is a secure format, it's not designed to be easily edited without you have the original pre-pdeffing document.
     
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