What is a good, free alternative to Adobe Acrobat in Windows for creating an editable PDF?
PDF is not editable by design.In Windows, three main methods to create PDFs are available:Windows 10 offers "Microsoft Print To PDF" virtual printer. Any application that supports printing can use it to produce PDF - notepad, pbrush, browsers, etc. Other ISVs make own virtual printers - CutePDF, Bullzip, DoPDF & so onMicrosoft Word (and some other Office apps) can save their files to PDF. LibreOffice can do it too. Some other applications implement saving to PDF internally tooThere are direct alternatives to Adobe Acrobat, but they are not free so I won't list them hereAlso, there are free libraries that can be used in custom application if you are building one (programming). Kinda method #4
What is a good, free alternative to Adobe Acrobat in OS X for creating an editable PDF?
That depends on what you mean by "editable PDF". What is it you want to be able to edit? That withstanding, I really can't recommend anything to work with PDFs that isn't made by Adobe. PDFs are written in PostScript, and PostScript is written by Adobe. If you just need to create a PDF, that's built into OS X (print any document, use menu in lower left) and there's great free options on the PC (CutePDF). Those PDFs are really no more or less editable that any other PDF.If you are talking about a fillable form with text fields, buttons, drop-downs, etc., you'll need Acrobat Pro. InDesign is able to create forms as well, but there are fewer options, but management of the layout is more precise. I create basic forms in InDesign and then use Acrobat Pro to save the PDF as a Reader Extended PDF. (FileSave As OtherReader Extended PDFEnable More Tools) This is the option that allows the user to freely edit form fields and save the PDF using only the free Adobe Reader. If the PDF is not saved with this option, the Adobe Reader will only be able to fill in and print, but not save the form. Or that may just be in older versions it was restricted like that, doesn't seem to be like that now.If you need to actually edit a PDFs content, layout, etc., that's an entirely separate adventure.
How do I create a editable PDF files like a passport application form?
You will have to buy (or subscribe to) a pdf software. The free ones only let you create a file that can only be read, not edited. The most popular software for this comes from Adobe, but there are a dozen others.
When creating an editable PDF form, does the person receiving the form need to have the typeface that was originally used on their computer?
Not always. Not every PDF generator/creator embed the fonts into the PDF file.If the fonts are not included in the PDF file, the viewer will substitute them with the closest font family, i.e., cursive fonts are mostly substituted with Comics Sans, sans-serif font families are substituted with Arial/Helvetica fonts. The substitution depends on the operating system (Windows, Macs, Android, iOS, etc.) the viewer runs. The substitution usually looks different.In Borneosoft Online Forms, every fonts are embedded in the PDF file, maintaining the look and feel (dimensions, layout, etc.) for web viewing, printing, and downloadable PDF file:Try this example of Summer Camp Feedback Form. The font used is Margarine-Regular.You can download the submitted form as a PDF file after the submission. In addition, you will receive an email notification at the email address you use to fill in the email field. The email contains the submitted form attached as a PDF file. The look and feel (fonts, backgrounds, layout, etc.) are constantly maintained before, during and after submission, including the look and feel of the PDF file’s content to provide better user experience.
Is there any software developer who is expert in creating or editing PDF with metadata on a server, iOS, and Android phones?
yes, AppBlit iPhone and iPad apps or email@example.com
How can I reduce the size of a PDF file to under 100kb?
Reducing a PDF file size is less done than wished. Important thing is to see what you are having as a PDF - what is the content in that file. If it is full of images (visible and hidden), placeholders and contains rich text, then the PDF size would be huge too. If you are converting an MS Word document to PDF first, then try to reduce the image size in Word.Check this link to do so: Reduce the file size of a pictureIf you already have a PDF and cannot alter the source document, then you may use online options/tools to reduce the size of PDF files. These work most of the times and files with images tend to lose more than raw text.Check this link to do so: Compress PDF – Reduce your PDF Online for FreeI am sure the above will help. The best idea though is to alter source files (MS Word) before converting them to PDF.There are a lot of courses which can teach you the nuances of MS Office applications on SkillShare. Join SkillShare using this exclusive referral link today and enjoy 2 months of FREE PREMIUM Access.Let me know if this helps :)I blog at Thus Spake Tan!
How can I create a PDF document with editable fields so that the user can add event specific details?
You can use any application that can add form fields to a PDF file. I would use Adobe Acrobat's Form tool to do that: Select ToolsFormsEditThe form edit tool will ask you if you want to try to detect form fields automatically. Regardless of your selection, you will be able to edit the form using by either adding more form fields, removing fields, or modifying existing fields.