Help Desk: Jae Dee’s Job Application


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My girl Jae Dee is applying for a new job. She downloaded a job application from the company’s website. It is in PDF format. She wanted to know how to type in the info instead of handwriting it. I was able to walk her through it via meebo instant messaging.

I used to do this kind of PDF manipulation a lot whilst I worked as a desktop publisher at Kinko’s. I imported the PDF files into Adobe PageMaker and then was able to type information into the forms.

I didn’t want her to go through the hassle of pirating Adobe software just to add some text to a PDF file. I knew of a better option. Inkscape to the rescue.

Inkscape is a free and open source cross platform vector graphics editor application (That’s a mouthful). She first had to update Mac OS X to 10.5.5, update her X11 to 2.3.1, and then install Inkscape.

Once Inkscape was installed, she imported the PDF job application and used the text tool to type into the fields. When she was done, she saved it as a new PDF file and was able to print it out with all the info neatly filled out.

I think employers will be quite impressed with the typed in job application instead of the plain old handwritten ones like everyone else does. Happy job hunting Jae Dee!

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Alpha Mesh

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