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I work in a small company with a number of Mac users, who each used a different program to fill out PDF forms. On one end was the full-blown Acrobat, and on the other was the freebie Formulate. However, I recently (and accidentally) discovered another quick and useful way to add text to PDFs.
  1. Open a new document in Microsoft Word, then go to the Insert menu and select Watermark (this may also work in any word processor that allows pictures as watermarks).
  2. When the Watermark dialog box appears, click the Picture checkbox and then click on the Select Picture button.
  3. Select the PDF you want to fill out and click Insert. Make sure you uncheck the Washout box and leave Scale set to Auto.
  4. Click OK, and the PDF will appear as the background of your blank document.
Now you can complete and save the form for later use.
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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: ars on Dec 11, '06 11:36:46AM

This hint does not apply to Word X, only to Word 2004. There is no Waremark option in the Word X Insert menu.



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: mubarak on Dec 11, '06 12:51:46PM

It is better to do this in Pages.

Drop the PDF onto your page. Select the Metrics Inspector and make it original size. Insert Text from the insert menu and choose the Wrap Inspector to make it Fixed on page.

Now your PDF would be much better quality, without pixelation.



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: crutcher on Dec 11, '06 08:58:43PM

Hey, using Pages with a PDF file is a great hint! Only thing is I tried it and it seems you can only insert the 1st page of a multi-page PDF. Is there any way to bring a mult-page PDF into Pages??

BTW, "Create" is another OS X application that works very well for adding info to a PDF document.

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rob crutcher



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: sray on Dec 11, '06 04:12:33PM

Any reason you are not using the free Apple Preview for this? We use Preview to add data to PDF forms and then save them (as PDFs). I don't believe this feature is very well advertised but it works on my MBP with OSX 10.4.8



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OmniGraffle?
Authored by: TicToc on Dec 11, '06 11:55:43PM

It's a while since I used it, but I recall using OmniGraffle for this - put the pdf (or a scanned form, for that matter) in one layer, and your text in another.



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: vickishome on Dec 12, '06 07:54:46AM

Thank you so much for this hint! I was working to accomplish this very thing on the day this hint was posted. I got it to work in Word X (the original one; I never upgraded). Microsoft hid the watermark feature in the header (?!). You have to view header/footer and import it there, and then view page layout to see it on the page when you're typing.

I also found that by using tables on top of the watermarked pdf is a very easy way to create a simple form that can be reused. Once you get the table cells where you want them, just set the borders to none and hide the gridlines, and you have a customized form only a minute or two!

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Vicki



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: ploesslkh on Dec 12, '06 10:12:52AM

this seems to work only with a single page pdf file but not if one has a multi page pdf file to fill out. "Formulate" handles these nicely.



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: calnelson on Dec 14, '06 09:49:28PM

GraphicConverter makes short work of this task.



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Using Word to fill out PDF forms
Authored by: pdfcoder on Feb 03, '10 10:53:42AM

Another way to solve this is to upload the form to http://www.FillAnyPdf.com - where you can fill out any pdf form for free (even if it was not made fillable by the author).



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