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  1. #1
    jjmacey NNTP User

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    Hi All,

    Well, like everywhere - times are tough in Phoenix, Arizona.

    I've started to collect job applications, and got my old H-P ScanJet
    4300C scanner going again to scan to .pdf job applications forms.

    Filling job application forms in by hand seem really stupid in this day
    and age, plus I've been using Linux for about 6 - 7 years now. Hey, the
    scanner that I have was given to me by a M$ user who could not get it to
    work under M$. LOL!

    I've tried to edit using GIMP, but the output file is not .pdf. The
    best there is .jpeg, or .gif. And those files are huge!

    I've got 'PDF Editor' (http://pdfedit.petricek.net/index_e.html)
    installed, but it doesn't seem to allow me to just add the necessary
    information that I need to do.

    I'm talking about simple forms here - job applications - where I can
    add the needed information from a scanned document that I turned into a
    .pdf.

    I've also tried the OpenOffice 3.0 'extension'
    (http://extensions.services.openoffic...ject/pdfimport) from Sun,
    but that will not install. It is still a beta.

    I've tried a few other things, but the idea is - open a scanned .pdf,
    add text, save it, and away it goes!

    BTW, I'm running openSuSE 11.0.

    Help!


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  2. #2
    ken yap NNTP User

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    Problem is a scanned PDF is not a PDF form. It's just a bitmap in a
    fancy container.

    So you'd have to add the text using a graphics editor like gimp and
    then write it out as say Postscript which can easily be converted to
    PDF. It'll still be a bitmap and still huge.


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    jjmacey NNTP User

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    > So you'd have to add the text using a graphics editor like gimp and then
    > write it out as say Postscript which can easily be converted to PDF.
    > It'll still be a bitmap and still huge.


    ken_yap,

    I've been working with GIMP, but don't understand Postscript.

    Basically, I can edit a .pdf (add the necessary personal information)
    to fill out an application, but saving it to a .pdf seems to be the
    problem.

    There has to be a more eloquent Linux solution.


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    ken yap NNTP User

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    Postscript is just a printer language and easily converted to PDF using
    say ps2pdf. If you can generate Postscript from gimp, that's a start.


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    jjmacey NNTP User

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    > If you can generate Postscript from gimp, that's a start.


    ken_yap,

    I can save an edited .pdf with GIMP to .ps. I went to the ps2pdf 'Web
    Site' (http://www.ps2pdf.com/), and found this is a web based service.
    There I read about 'Ghostscript' (http://www.ghostscript.com/) then
    downloaded all the packages in the repositories.However, there does not
    seem to be an option to save the opened files to .pdf. Hmm....

    Any other ideas?


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    ken yap NNTP User

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    ps2pdf is a CLI program and comes from the ghostscript-library package

    > $ rpm -qf /usr/bin/ps2pdf
    > ghostscript-library-8.62-17.1



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    jjmacey NNTP User

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    > ps2pdf is a CLI program and comes from the ghostscript-library package


    ken_yap,

    I have been through my file directory and have found ps2pdf is
    installed. But, can not launch it as an application.

    BTW, thanks for the posts!


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    (http://www.jjmacey.net/blog/). -All Linux! I've been there, and done
    that!-
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    ken yap NNTP User

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    Open up a terminal window, cd to the directory where your PS files are
    and do:


    Code:
    --------------------
    ps2pdf something.ps
    --------------------


    This will leave the output in something.pdf


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    jjmacey NNTP User

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    ken_yap,

    In terminal I get this:

    jjxxxxx@linux-pbzd:~> cd /home/jjxxxxx/S4P1of4.ps
    bash: cd: /home/jjxxxxx/S4P1of4.ps: Not a directory
    jjxxxxx@linux-pbzd:~>


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    ken yap NNTP User

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    Code:
    --------------------
    cd /home/jjxxxxx
    ps2pdf S4P1of4.ps
    --------------------


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