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Authored by: trollll on Apr 06, '05 11:19:43AM

as far as i know...the free pdf reader does let you fill it out, but it won't let you save it as a filled-in pdf. you can only print it, which blows if you don't have a fax machine. actually, it also blows since you'll have to keep the printed copy for your records instead of an easy to back up pdf.



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Authored by: BillCole on Apr 06, '05 11:33:15AM

Anything you can print in MacOS X, you can print to a PDF.



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Not in Adobe Reader
Authored by: Anechoic on Apr 06, '05 11:43:49AM

The recent versions of Adobe Reader block the "print to PDF" function in the print dialog.

I'm sure there's a way to hack around it, but if there is, it ain't obvious.



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Not in Adobe Reader
Authored by: tadaaa on Apr 06, '05 01:05:36PM
There is indeed an easy way to hack around this -- all you need to do is create a virtual pdf printer. See the following: http://www.educationaltechnology.ca/dan/archives/2005/03/15/add-a-virtual-pdf-printer-to-mac-os-x-or-how-to-save-copies-of-completed-pdf-forms-from-acrobat-reader/

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Not in Adobe Reader
Authored by: Mithindril on Apr 06, '05 04:56:26PM

This is a great hint. I followed the instructions and volia.

Very cool.



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Not in Adobe Reader
Authored by: kholburn on Apr 07, '05 03:47:59AM
I tried this but my system already has a file :

$ file /usr/libexec/cups/backend/pdf
/usr/libexec/cups/backend/pdf: Mach-O executable ppc



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Not in Adobe Reader
Authored by: gschueler on Apr 06, '05 04:28:49PM

I found a way around it last year when I did my taxes:

Hit Print, then look under the Output Options section, there's a checkbox for Save as File. Check the box. Choose PDF from the output options. The Print button is now Save, and will save it as a PDF file.

At least, this worked for me back then...



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Not in Adobe Reader
Authored by: masjones on Apr 06, '05 11:45:39PM

Just be aware that if you save a document using this method it is no longer editable. So make sure you have it exactly the way you want it or you will be doing it over.



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Authored by: feelgood on Apr 06, '05 12:47:20PM

Reader does let you save filled-in text, if the document allows it. If it does not allow it, save to PDF may not work either.

I used a fill-in PDF from irs.gov for my taxes this year and saved a copy, no problem. My state's fill-in form, however, did not permit saving the filled in data. I tried using save to PDF and a PDF workflow item and it would not allow it (curse you, Arkansas!). I finally had to just take a screen shot for my records. Though, once I discovered a mistake, I had to start all over again.



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Adobe Reader 7
Authored by: timcrawf on Apr 06, '05 02:59:19PM

These are for forms made using a new option that allows the end user to fill in and save forms. It will only work if the forms are this new type and if you use Adobe Reader 7



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