[Scribus] Filling in forms which are supplied as PDFs

David Goodenough david.goodenough
Sat Apr 29 16:11:47 CEST 2006

On Saturday 29 April 2006 11:45, Maciej Hanski wrote:
> David Goodenough napisa?(a):
> > I have just gone through the process of moving the registered office of
> > my company, and the form (in the UK a form 287) is available as a PDF. 
> > But presumably in order to make sure that I do not change the form it is
> > password locked.
> >
> > The instructions with this form say that the boxes should either be
> > filled in typescript or bold black capitals.  My hand writing, even my
> > block capitals has never been wonderful (sometimes I can not read my own
> > handwriting), so I would rather use typescript, but I no longer possess a
> > typewriter.
> >
> > I could spend time trying to line up a document produced using either
> > something like Scribus or a word processor, but that would be easier
> > if I could include the PDF as a background, then I could put frames
> > over each box and type in the values.  This would then also mean
> > that I could print the PDF and my answers in one go, rather than
> > having to line the answers to a sheet on which I had previously
> > printed the form.
> >
> > Is this possible with Scribus (the PDF is not in a format that Scribus
> > will open as a document), or could it be added easily?
> Could you place this form somewhere for everybody to see? I would try to
> convert this form to PostScript, e.g. on Linux with:
>  pdf2ps input.pdf output.ps
> and import the resulting output.ps into Scribus. Then simply put a
> second layer on top of it and .. whatever you desire :)
> cheers
> Maciej
I tried this and it complained that the converting of 1203 images failed.
I am using the latest debian scribus-cvs version.

The form can be found at:-


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