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PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by Tinfish » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:11 pm

Hi All,

I am in need of a PDF reader / editor that has a form filler feature. Master PDF Editor looks like a candidate for my situation (Mint 18.3 Mate 64 bit). Are there similar options in the Mint repository? If not I could use some guidance installing non repository software (and any dependencies).

The second question is: are the DEB files for Master PDF Editor compatible with my version of Mint?

Other software recommendations would be appreciated ......

Thank You

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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by xenopeek » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:22 pm

Tinfish wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:11 pm
are the DEB files for Master PDF Editor compatible with my version of Mint?
Probably. Just download the .deb file for Ubuntu and double-click the file in your file manager to launch the installer. If it is not compatible with your Mint version it will show you why.
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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by BenTrabetere » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:08 am

Tinfish wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:11 pm
Other software recommendations would be appreciated
I like, use and recommend Master PDF Editor. I am not thrilled the free version inserts a watermark, but I cannot hold that against them.

There are rare occasions when I find a stubborn PDF and Master PDF Editor will not give me the results I need. In those cases I fall back to a Win7 virtual machine and use either an Adobe product or Foxit.

There is a Linux version of Foxit, but I do not recommend it. It is missing key features, it has a nasty habit of making Foxit the default reader every time it is run, and the .run installer makes me nervous.

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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by I2k4 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:56 am

I have Master PDF installed on a test live USB, Mint 19 Cinnamon 64 bit - was recently able to complete some government forms no problem.

I'm currently running version 4.3.89 downloaded some time ago and installed from a .deb - maybe others will know better but my recollection is that with current version 5+ there began to be some persistent and irritating nagging to upgrade to the commercial version, so I uninstalled and went back to version 4, which does all I want and doesn't nag. It's been a while since I looked at the newer version, so I could be wrong about it.
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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by Pepi » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:46 am

Not bad for non-personal stuff

https://www.pdfescape.com/

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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by AscLinux » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:07 am

You can use Chrome (Chromium). I haven't tried lately, but Chromium used to do the job. To save your work use print to file function. There is also pdfedit and Libreoffice.

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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by puddleglum » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:45 pm

If you are just looking to fill in and save/print pdf forms, I thought the default Mint reader (Evince/Xreader) would do that for you. I remember using it to print out my tax forms.

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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by Tinfish » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:21 pm

Still working through my choices ( thanks to one and all). I do not want to upset a good OS that is depended upon daily so a test machine is in the works for occasions like this.....

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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by smurphos » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:45 am

Just use your browser - Firefox and Chrome/Chromium both have good native pdf support.
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Re: PDF reader with form filler feature

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:15 am

I2k4 wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:56 am
I have Master PDF installed on a test live USB, Mint 19 Cinnamon 64 bit - was recently able to complete some government forms no problem.

I'm currently running version 4.3.89 downloaded some time ago and installed from a .deb - maybe others will know better but my recollection is that with current version 5+ there began to be some persistent and irritating nagging to upgrade to the commercial version, so I uninstalled and went back to version 4, which does all I want and doesn't nag. It's been a while since I looked at the newer version, so I could be wrong about it.
Yeah,
version 5 is a PITA
I went back to 4.x

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