I wonder if TeX/LaTeX can create fillable forms in a scanned pdf, such as this one. I would like to fill out the places that are required to fill out. Thanks!

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    There's the eforms package (not in TeX Live unfortunately), for example. – Gonzalo Medina Jul 22 '12 at 22:19
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    See also Creating fillable PDFs – Gonzalo Medina Jul 22 '12 at 22:20
  • @GonzaloMedina: (1) eforms is not in TeX Live, does it mean I will download it to somewhere that TeX can find? (2) The question you point to is for creating forms while creating the pdf, while my pdf is a scanned one already. So I wonder how that can be done? – Tim Jul 22 '12 at 22:26
  • (1) I wouldn't know; I've never installed this package manually. (2) Ah, I see. Then I am also not sure if eforms can be of help. – Gonzalo Medina Jul 22 '12 at 22:41
  • I'm confused. You want TeX to create a .pdf with fillable forms in an already created .pdf? Do you mean import the scanned .pdf into a new document and then somehow make it editable? Whille I'd love to see someone's solution to that, wouldn't it be easier to make a new .pdf with fillable forms? -- Note also that if you simply need to fill in the form, pdfedit on Linux will get the job done; I assume there are similar options for Windows, etc. – jon Jul 24 '12 at 15:36

I don't think this is within TeX capabilities (using an existing form). You can do this using Adobe Acrobat Pro by going to Form -> Start Form Wizard. It will try to figure out the form fields automatically. The automatic detection is rarely correct, so I usually need to adjust some of the fields manually. There may be an open source way to do this, but I'm not aware of it.

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