Edit PDF in OO-Draw
p.echols at comcast.net
Sat Mar 12 22:33:09 UTC 2011
On 03/12/2011 12:18 AM, John D Lamb wrote:
> On Fri, 2011-03-11 at 09:39 -0800, Patton Echols wrote:
>> I have a PDF that is intended to be printed out, blanks filled in and
>> mailed in. I would like to modify the document to add fillable fields.
>> With a new odf document in Writer, I am able to do this.
> There are several things you could try.
> 1. You could use pdf2ps followed by ps2eps to convert the pdf file to an
> eps file readable by Writer. This will work but the quality may not be
Thanks for the idea. For those following along: Using these tools with
default settings results in an EPS file -- basically an image -- that
stacks a multi page pdf all into one page. Bummer. Also it can be done
in one step by pdftops ( "to" not "2") with the following:
$ pdftops -f 1 -l 1 -eps infile.pdf outfile.eps
I'm not sure the effort helps since it ends up opening in Draw (even if
I start in Writer). Since writer can do that with the PDF, I'm not sure
what I gain.
> 2. You could use gimp to convert the pdf file to a png image, which
> Writer can read. You’ll need a resolution of at least 300 pixels/inch
> (600 is better). Insert the png file in Writer, set its wrap to in
> background and set to original size. Main drawback of this method is the
> size of the file.
I considered this if I needed to keep the exact image of the file. Like
if the form had pictures, unique fonts, etc. I think that would be a
> 3. You could just read the original PDF in Draw and add form controls
> over the top. I don’t know if this works for your purpose.
Right, the original question was how to do that. I cannot figure out
how to put in a text input box
> 4. You could recreate the whole document the way you want it in Writer.
> This may be the quickest way.
That is what I resorted to. I used evince to open the document and
select the text, copied and pasted into Writer and went from there.
Thanks for all who chimed in.
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