How to add text to a pdf file?

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  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

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    I was emailed a rental application in a pdf file that I need to fill out and email back.
    I can't figure out how to add text to it.
    I have Acrobat Professional on my mac.
    When I open it I can read it but that seems to be all.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Hypex macrumors newbie

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    Just open the pdf with Preview and press -> Annotate -> the little box with "Aa" in it on the bottom.
     
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Are you opening the form in Preview or in Acrobat? If the form is meant to be filled out electronically I don't think that will work in Preview. Try opening it in Acrobat and see if the form works.

    If the file was not created as a functional PDF form, there is no easy way to add text to it. Since you have Acrobat Pro, you can edit it and add text boxes to contain your info but that's really going to be a pain.

    The simplest solution will be to print the form, fill it out, then scan it into a new PDF that you can email back.
     
  4. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Even easier than that Tools>Typewriter>Typewriter. Then click where you want to put text and start typing. No need to bother with creating text boxes and placement unless you're really anal about the font used.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Preview works just fine when used to complete PDF-based electronic forms.
     
  6. rkhoo macrumors newbie

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    killerrobot,
    what version of Preview are you using? My version 4.2 doesn't have the Typewriter option.
     
  7. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Don't worry. My version of Preview doesn't have it either. ;)
    It's in Acrobat Pro.
     
  8. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone, the typewriter option did the trick for me.
    Now I just need to figure out how to add a signature.
     
  9. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    After finishing adding my text and adding some signatures, I want to save the pdf so that it can't be altered by the person I send it to, but I can't save it or export it in a way that doesn't let me alter the texts or the signature.
    It reports that it is an encrypted file and it can't be flattened or converted to any other type of pdf.
    I am a bit concerned about sending the pdf with the text and signature that I added still able to be altered when opened.
    Can anyone please advice on how i might do this?
    Thanks.
     
  10. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    That's why printing out the document, filling out by hand, scanning it and sending it in PDF might be the best solution. The signature complicates things. But if you send the document by email, you will have a copy of what you sent, so only the nastiest letting agents and rogues with the biggest disregard to the justice system would risk modifying your contract after you signed (sealed and delivered).
     
  11. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    First you need to make an image of your signature - either sign something then take a pic of it or scan it or use photoshop or some other program to create it on the computer. Once that's done follow the steps in this file (if you have version 9.0):

    file:///Library/Application%20Support/Adobe/Help/en_US/Acrobat%20Pro/9.0/help.html?content=WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7d43.w.html

    You will start at Advanced>Sign & Certify>Sign with Visible Signature then follow all the prompts. Once you get that done, it will save it and you'll be able to sign any pdf you want without having to do all those steps all over again. Way worth it.

    Hope you get the rental unit.
     

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