FreeBSD Equivalent To Adobe Acrobat

B J va6bmj at
Wed Sep 6 22:04:23 UTC 2017


> If you want to simply fill in existing forms in the PDF, that can normally
> be accomplished in the more feature complete PDF readers such as Evince
> (gtk gui) and Okular (qt gui).

About 2 months ago, I posted a message asking about a FreeBSD program
which will allow me to open and edit PDF files.  Specifically, I
wanted to use it to fill out my income tax returns as doing it that
way will save me some time, rather than preparing two copies by hand.

I did a bit of tinkering this afternoon and installed both Okular and
Evince on a laptop that's running the current version of FreeBSD and

For some reason, Okular crashed, so I removed it.  Evince, however,
appeared to work for me when I tried it out on an old income tax form
PDF file.  (The file was designed to be used with Adobe Acrobat, by
the way.)

I was able to fill in some of the blanks and save a copy of the file.
The numbers didn't quite align with the form layout, but they were in
the right blank and were legible.  Since the form was meant to be
handled using Acrobat, I suppose some minor quirks like that are to be

So far, Evince looks like what I'm looking for.  I've got a few months
before tax time, so I'll have some opportunities to see if I can tweak
the appearance of the inserted text.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my original posting.  Your
comments and suggestions were quite helpful.

B. M. Jatzeck

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