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Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:00 pm
by Richard
Well, let me go through the steps.
I just tried this:
1. Open a pdf in LO-Draw (using 4.2.5)
2. Paste a graphic of some sort in the pdf. (png, jpg, etc.)
3. Save the file as an *.odg
4. Export as pdf.
5. Check the exported pdf.

Apologies for the sloppy instructions.

PS: Probably saving is not necessary unless you want to save it for reference.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:10 pm
by uncle mark
Richard wrote:Well, let me go through the steps.
I just tried this:
1. Open a pdf in LO-Draw (using 4.2.5)
I get stopped right there. It's totally scrambled. Comes up as 1700+ pages.

The pdfs I'm sent actually appear to be scans that were saved as pdfs and then are emailed to me.

I've been able to accomplish what I need to do after Tim's help, and after doing it a couple times it's not quite as onerous as it seemed to be initially. But it's still more complicated than it should be, IMO. Your method sounds like exactly what I'm after, but for whatever reason it's not working, at least not with the most recent document I was sent and what I'm using as my guinea pig document.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:23 pm
by Richard
Could be that I'm wrong about the version.
Maybe it was after 4.1.x that this became easily do-able.
At least a couple of years ago that I've been doing it.

I've taken a scan of a form, paste the scan (png or jpg) into a Draw document.
Save it as an ODG document.
Then export it to a PDF.

I can either open the ODG and continue editing,
or Reopen the PDF in Draw and begin clicking on the boxes to edit/fill them in.

Maybe you'll just have to get a later version.
Surprized that the version in SolydX doesn't work for you.
They're based on Jessie,
but Debian is always behind on LO as it was with OOo before.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:48 pm
by timkb4cq
Adobe Reader is probably the easiest free (as in beer) application to do this.
First export your signature graphic from the GIMP as a pdf.

In Adobe Reader, open a pdf, then use Tools -> Comment & Markup -> Stamps -> Create Custom Stamp. Open your pdf signature file, fill in any information you want associated with it (it's optional) and name it.

Then you can use that stamp on any pdf. You can drag it to place it and drag the upper left corner to resize.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:51 pm
by DBeckett
uncle mark wrote:There's epic PEBKAC going on here it seems.
Ya think?

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:58 pm
by Richard
Hey Timbuckq,
That's neat. The stamp!
Didn't know you could do that with the free Acroread.
Always thought the paid version was necessary.
Have to give that a try.
Thanks.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:16 am
by Gordon Cooper
The document reader Okular can apparently insert stamps. Will try it out while most of you are peacefully sleeping.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:01 am
by Gordon Cooper
Gordon Cooper wrote:The document reader Okular can apparently insert stamps.
Yes it can, but making the stamp is not nearly so easy as Richard's method using LO draw. Here, I photographed
my signature, cropped it then saved as a jpeg. Brought up the pdf in LO, then inserted the signature. Sized it
then placed in the right spot before saving. All very easy, but achieved in Kubuntu 14.04. Tried to repeat
this in MX, and found that LO persists in displaying the pdf as a text file. Look again tomorrow.

A good application for doing this type of pdf edit would be Nuance's PDF Converter. I used it for years editing
pdf copies of technical manuals. Regrettably it's a Doze program and my requests for a Linux version have
fallen on deaf ears.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:19 am
by Richard
@Gordon,
Have you tried it in Dosbox?
I've run console apps and binaries in it.
Did very well and is less hassle than Wine.

Re: M11 -- dropping a signature into a pdf

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:25 pm
by uncle mark
I've marked this solved, even though my specific task has proven to be unsolved.

I have to conclude the PDF docs I'm being sent are locked down in some fashion, as all the solutions offered up here and elsewhere (many times the same ones) just flat aren't working on the docs I need them to.

Thanks to all who dove in and gave it their best shot. And especially thanks to Tim for the initial handholding -- I can accomplish what I need that way, tedious as it is. (I even sent a test doc to the realtor and she was happy with it.)