FreeBSD Equivalent To Adobe Acrobat

Carmel NY carmel_ny at
Wed Jul 12 09:05:02 UTC 2017

On Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:45:56 +0200, Polytropon stated:

>On Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:57:02 +0930, Shane Ambler wrote:
>> On 04/07/2017 10:02, B J wrote:
>> > I tried several and those you mentioned might have been among them.
>> > None of them appeared to fill in blanks, assuming, of course, I did
>> > things right in the first place.  For each one, I would get a
>> > message, embedded in the file I was looking at, which said
>> > something about me having to use Acrobat.  
>> Could depend on the specific pdf file, pdfs can have some adobe only 
>> features such as XFA and javascript, as these aren't part of the 
>> official spec I expect they aren't supported in free software.  
>At least XFA seems to be supported by Okular, but normal forms
>(text input fields) are supported by Evince and Okular; gv and
>xpdf do not support them, but usually can read and print the
>forms (with blank fields of course).

The OP wanted the ability to edit; in his case "fill in the blanks, in
a PDF document. How does printing a document with blanks achieve this

>So the "Acrobat Reader" or whatever it is called this year is
>not really needed anymore, except you get really non-standard
>PDF files that require special proprietary commercial software.
>I haven't tried to get the "Windows" version of the mentioned
>reader running with wine, maybe that is possible for such kinds
>of "worst case PDF file"... ;-)

It is called, "Acrobat Adobe Pro DC". By the way, what is a
"non-standard" PDF file anyway. I have never run into one.

By the way, are you aware that there are 8 recognized PDF standards.

There are a total of eight PDF standards; six are ISO Standards and two
are from other organizations. Six Types of PDF Standards from ISO:

PDF –This general PDF standard is sufficient for in-office use, sharing
and viewing online and for standard quality documents.

PDF/A – This standard was developed for long-term file storage,
commonly used by archivists, records managers and compliance managers.
It has a restricted set of features, including JavaScript, audio and
video content and encryption, because they may disallow users from
opening and viewing accurately in the future.

PDF/E – Architects, engineers, construction professionals and
manufacturing product teams will use this standard most often.
According to Planet PDF, “This standard was intended to address key
issues in the areas of large-format drawings, multimedia, form fields
and rights management – to name a few – that might prevent the
engineering community from embracing PDF in their workflows.”

PDF/X – This standard best suits print professionals, graphic designers
and creative professionals. High quality, professional grade documents
can be expected when using this standard. This PDF standard will ensure
documents are print-ready by correctly embedding fonts, images, color
profiles and more.

PDF/UA – This standard enhances the readability for people with
disabilities, IT managers in government or commercial enterprises and
compliance managers. The UA stands for Universal Access; this standard
will work with assistive technology that assists users through reading
and navigation.  

PDF/VT – Print professionals will also use this standard for documents.
This standard is based on components of the PDF/X standard, allowing
some features such as color profiles, layers and transparency to be
maintained. The biggest addition is the ability to customize data
within these files, such as bank statements, business invoices or
personalized marketing material.

Two Types of PDF Standards from Other Organizations

Additional organizations have adopted standards for their specific
document needs.

PAdES – Standardizes secure paperless transactions that conform to the
European legislation. This standard was established for PDF digital
signatures in the EU.

PDF Healthcare – According to Acrobat, This standard “Provides best
practices and implementation guidelines to facilitate the capture,
exchange, preservation and protection of healthcare information.
Following these guidelines provides a more secure electronic container
that can store and transmit health information including personal
documents, XML data, DICOM images and data, clinical notes, lab
reports, electronic forms, scanned images, photographs, digital X-rays
and ECGs.”

Personally, I use PDD/X (there are several subdivisions of this also)

There is simply no other software application that I am aware of that
offers the ease and efficentcy of working with all the various PDF
types like Adobe's latest PDF reader/editor.


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