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    Default PDF forms with scripts in OpenSuse 13.2

    Hi folks,

    I try to fill out the following PDF file with forms:
    http://www.debeka.de/service/formula...santrag_v1.pdf
    The point is that you enter data and it is supposed to sum up the column (the large table on page 2). In OpenSuse 12.3, I was able to do that.

    However, under OpenSuse 13.2, I tried the following options:

    - Adobe Reader for Windows using Wine: Some Reader versions crash during install, others during execution.
    - okular: lets me fill out the forms, but does not perform the summation
    - acroread 9.5.5 for linux: forms do not work at all

    Is anybody aware of a stable linux software with full form functionality including e.g. such a summation script?

    Thanks
    Chris

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    Default Re: PDF forms with scripts in OpenSuse 13.2

    On 2014-12-27 15:16, checkfrogger wrote:

    > - acroread 9.5.5 for linux: forms do not work at all


    acroread works fine here, and adds the numbers.


    > Is anybody aware of a stable linux software with full form functionality
    > including e.g. such a summation script?


    Acroread is in fact the only one that claims full support for forms with
    scripts, and the others try to imitate it. Nothing in Linux supports pdf
    scripting, to my knowledge, except acroread.

    But adobe has stopped supporting the Linux version, so there is nothing
    currently supported in Linux that can do it.

    Possibilities are adobe X/XI under wine, foxit under wine, or
    virtualized engines with Windows or android version - the later is at
    least gratis.

    I tried foxit 6.1.1 under wine and it worked, although at first it
    refused to accept any number in the table. I clicked on a random
    tick-box, and then it accepted numbers and summed them. I guess that the
    script code has bugs.

    Don't even think of the Linux foxit version, it is an abandoned
    experiment years ago.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: PDF forms with scripts in OpenSuse 13.2

    it is an old verion but is this any good:

    http://download.opensuse.org/update/12.2-non-oss/i586/

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    Default Re: PDF forms with scripts in OpenSuse 13.2

    there is no current pdf reader for linux with full pdf js support, there is only the old adobe reader 9.5.5, that one has known vulnerabilities and has been abandoned.
    But if you never ever run it with root privileges you should be OK
    get it here
    ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader...9.x/9.5.5/enu/
    rpm
    ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader...6linux_enu.rpm

    install it with
    Code:
    sudo rpm -i ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.rpm
    The most secure thing to do would be to install the current win32 adobe reader 11.0.10 under wine it should run fine, as it is an msi installer wrapped in an exe it might have issues installing
    ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader...1010_en_US.exe

    if forms don't work with adobe's reader for linux check and see if scripting is enabled, the default could be scripting off for security reasons (see options settings etc)

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    Default Re: PDF forms with scripts in OpenSuse 13.2

    Thanks for the hints! Apparently, there are various versions of Acrobat 9.5.5 around. Upon installation of the version you were linking to, it works now. Thanks.
    Interestingly (but not essential now), when you try to open the preferences dialog, you always get an error.

    Cheers
    Chris

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    Default Re: PDF forms with scripts in OpenSuse 13.2

    On 2014-12-27 19:46, I A wrote:
    >
    > there is no current pdf reader for linux with full pdf js support, there
    > is only the old adobe reader 9.5.5, that one has known vulnerabilities
    > and has been abandoned.
    > *But if you never ever run it with root privileges *you should be OK
    > get it here


    I use the rpm from the update repo of openSUSE 12.3, works fine in my
    13.1. That was the last they did, and the rpm has the appropriate
    customizations for openSUSE.

    You need not only not run it as root. You should not allow it to connect
    to internet as user. Specifically, do not install the firefox plugin,
    which in the opensuse repos was a different package. Dunno about the
    original from adobe.

    Another sensible precaution it to jail it with apparmor.



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    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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