For a thesis I have to add a university specific title page and a declaration of originality to my LaTeX document.

Both are pdf forms. So I can fill in the gaps directly in the pdf and also save it. However, after compiling with \includegraphics or \includepdf the filled in gaps are not considered and blank in the pdf output.

Is there a possibility to avoid this problem?

I also tried to save it in different pdf formats as pdf/A, pdf/E, pdf/X. My last act will be print and scan.

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    I don't know if there is a proper LaTeX way, but you could just print to pdf and include the resulting file. (Should be without loss of quality.)
    – schtandard
    Aug 3, 2019 at 8:32
  • Thanks for the answer! Since I have not found a direct solution yet, this is by far the easiest way!
    – EFessler
    Aug 3, 2019 at 8:43
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    such form fields are basically annotations, and annotations are not imported. To flatten the pdf by printing it to a pdf is the easiest and sensible solution. Aug 3, 2019 at 9:09
  • @schtandard -- Please post an answer so this won't be lost. Aug 3, 2019 at 20:40
  • Similar question, but for annotation: graphics - Modifications on PDF file do not show up - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
    – user202729
    Nov 11, 2021 at 11:53

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As discussed in the comments, just like annotations, form fields in PDF files are not imported. The easiest way to include a filled out version of the form is to print it to PDF and include the resulting file.

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