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Thordis
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I'm filling out a lot of job applications at the moment. Normally the forms are Word docs, and are easy to fill out online and email back. However, the one I'm trying to complete at the moment is a pdf. Does anyone know if its possible to add text to a pdf, or am I doomed to fill it out by hand in my terrible handwriting?

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InfraPurple
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Well, if you can afford Adobe you should be able to edit them.

There's also some .pdf to .doc converters. Google could show you a few.

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You could copy it into Word (ETA: you may have to do this as an image) and use textboxes. If you have to send the application back as a pdf that's no help to you, but if you're happy to send it back as a .doc, it should be fairly easy.

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You should be able to type into the .pdf file (depending upon how the author set it up), but, unless you have the full version of Adobe, you probably won't be able to save what you put in.

One free .pdf converter is called Cute Writer. It is fairly easy to use, and it's free, which is its best feature.

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One caveat on the PDF to Doc converters...SOmetimes they will be a bit off. I tried that recently and the margins can be a bit off. or positioning may be off.

This is the one I used. The Trial version. You get 100 trials with is. The English is a bit off but it works pretty well and not that hard to use.

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Jason Threadslayer
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quote:
Originally posted by InfraPurple:
Well, if you can afford Adobe you should be able to edit them.

Actually, you can't. Acrobat Professional is not a word processor. You either have to edit the source document and regenerate the PDF or add form fields.

Acrobat is surprisingly limited. You can't delete or insert text (it strikes out and inserts notes instead).

It is smart enough to convert printed text to selectable text instead of images of text.

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quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
You should be able to type into the .pdf file (depending upon how the author set it up), but, unless you have the full version of Adobe, you probably won't be able to save what you put in.

One free .pdf converter is called Cute Writer. It is fairly easy to use, and it's free, which is its best feature.

I love Cute PDF Writer. There's also a
CutePDF Pro, which is a $50 version, which allows you to do everything the $500 Adobe product does.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jason Threadslayer:
Acrobat is surprisingly limited. You can't delete or insert text (it strikes out and inserts notes instead).

I'm curious where you heard this because it's absolutely not true. While Acrobat is certainly not a word processor you most certainly can add and delete text in a PDF as long as you have the same font(s) as the originating application used. I use Acrobat 7.0 at my current job and when I find an error in a PDF that is hundreds of pages or more and it needs to go to the customer "right now" I will always correct the PDF in Acrobat and correct the source document later at a more convenient time. (I had Acrobat 5.0 at my old job and did the same thing.)
Here are some links that show how it's done:
The only thing other than not having the fonts that would prevent me from editing text is if the author set the security settings to prevent editing.
I've been working with Acrobat since the mid 90s and I've never heard of Acrobat inserting notes instead of letting you edit text. If you don't have the fonts you get an error message or if the author set the security settings to prevent editing the TouchUp Text Tool will be ghosted out.
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Jason Threadslayer
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Hmm... I think my boss preferred us keeping the original docs update-to-date rather than messing with the PDFs.

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