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  1. #1
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    Opening PDF forms auto fill in files

    I've recently went to my company's group insurance website to download a PDF form that I am to fill out and submit to claim some of my benefits. However, when I clicked on the link Firefox asked me if I wanted to save this file to disk or open it. I tried to save it and Evince can't open it. I open it with kwrite and this is what's inside.
    Code:
    %FDF-1.2
    %����
    1 0 obj
    << 
    /FDF << /F (https://some_url.com/that/does/not/link/to/this/pdf/file\
    DBIL-ENG.PDF)
    /Fields 2 0 R >> 
    >> 
    endobj
    2 0 obj
    [ 
    << /T (PlanName)/V (My Company Name)>> << /T (PolNumber)/V (12345)>> 
    << /T (GWLDivisionNumber)/V (1)>> << /T (EmployeeID)/V (12345)>>
    .
    .
    .
    Cut data section out.  Similar to above but for additional fields.
    
    .
    .
    .
    
    ]
    endobj
    trailer
    <<
    /Root 1 0 R 
    
    >>
    %%EOF
    Evince can open other PDF documents from their website. But this file looks like its suppose to tell Evince where to download the proper PDF document and also tell it what information is suppose to be filled in.

    Which program should I use to view this? Is Adobe Acrobat Viewer the only thing that will work for this in Linux? I'd really hate to have to install that. Way too many security issues if you ask me.

  2. #2
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    Re: Opening PDF forms auto fill in files

    Yes, probably best to try Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    I've seen a few PDFs with security options set that would only open correctly in Acrobat. At least you'll establish if that is the issue (or not).

    I hear you on the security issues of Acrobat Reader though.

  3. #3
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    Re: Opening PDF forms auto fill in files

    I was afraid of that. I guess for now I'll stick to filling those forms out at work where we already are running Acrobat. This way I don't have to taint my computer any more then I already have.

  4. #4

    Re: Opening PDF forms auto fill in files

    Hi, I came here just for getting more knowledge about pdf, cause I am learning some image program by myself, so, yours discussion will help me a lot, hope this won't angry all of you.

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