Tuesday December 14th, 2021 NCLUG Meeting
brian.sturgill at ataman.com
Sun Dec 19 11:23:41 MST 2021
Ok, inspired by Stephen's add a PDF signature via Scribus, I decided to
look for an easier way.
It's kind of sad really, on MacOS, you just use the PDF "Preview" program
to do all of this...
Anyway, I think I found options that work easier than Scribus (which had an
awkward interface for editing).
To fill in a PDF form, use "evince". It just works.
I tried on the IRS's W-9 PDF and it worked great.
That PDF has two spots without "Form Fields"... Signature and Date.
To fill those out, the easiest option I found is "xournal".
It lets you easily edit on top of PDFs.
I made the signature using "inkscape"... just save the SVG... "xournal"
You can use the Text tool in "xournal" to fill in the Date field.
Not perfect, but the tools are a lot less clumsy than Scribus.
Alas, I could not find a tool which allowed you to do both forms and add
Both "evince" and "xournal" are available from the ubuntu archives.
On Tue, Dec 14, 2021 at 11:39 PM Bob Proulx <bob at proulx.com> wrote:
> j dewitt wrote:
> > What: Tuesday December 14th, 2021 NCLUG Meeting
> Due to working on my car today I arrived late to the meeting. But my
> multi-year project to get my Mazda running so far is successful!
> Passed the emissions test easily today. Now only the DMV is standing
> between me and a license plate!
> When I arrived Stephen was demonstrating Scribus and using it for the
> ability to fill in PDF forms.
> Bob suggested that he had heard but not verified that one of ffmpeg
> and/or ImageMagick also has the ability to fill in PDF forms.
> Unverified. But I am looking for something that will fill in PDF
> forms using free software.
> There was a lull in topics at about the half hour. No one else
> jumping in immediately to fill the void Bob ranted for a couple of
> minutes on the trials and tribulations of working with systemd on a
> server trying to get it to support multiple FastCGI processes.
> Eventually I was able to rewrite the unit file and bludgeon it into
> submission. But I was bruised from the experience.
> Joe then asked questions about Vanette's Mint system. It's a Mint 20
> system. But it is having a problem with networking or something and
> it is preventing it from working. The group jumped in to help based
> upon the description. They are going to fire up the system in a bit
> and then hopefully we can figure it out.
> Vanette is still working on developing a phone running Linux and all
> free software. The discussion mutated into talking about Termux and
> that it seems to have stopped getting updates. And then discussing
> using Termux ssh versus Terminus versus Juice SSH versus other things.
> Then discussing how to build apps and other for Android.
> This segued into Alex talking about his Librem 5 Linux phone. It
> "works" but doesn't do phone things great. However it is a pretty fun
> device that you can apt-get update and apt-get upgrade. It's running
> Purism OS. Battery life is limited. Camera functionality only
> recently became functional. But Firefox now works with GPU
> acceleration. And works with the full native Firefox addons. Unlike
> Android Firefox for which only a subset of addons work. Has a
> headphone jack. Has a replaceable battery.
> Matt demonstrated a Microsoft Surface Go with an quite small Atrios
> keyboard configured as Colemak running Arch! This made for a very
> small lightweight "laptop" combination that was the size of a full
> size tablet. Running Arch!
> We then fired up Vanette's machine and debugged the networking problem
> that was preventing other things from working. A little remedial
> network debugging and things were fixed right up.
> And with that we adjourned. Quite a few of us went to Slyce Pizza for
> dinner and further continued conversation. Slyce was actually open
> this time which I note only because because last time we tried to go
> there it was closed for remodeling.
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