Online PDF Annotator – DocHub


Have you ever received a form attached to an email or downloaded from the internet that needs to be filled out? Unless it was built to be filled out online, you have to print a copy. Then you fill it out by hand, sign it, and snail-mail it to the company. Or you scan the completed form and email the resultant PDF to them.

DocHub is a free online PDF annotator and document signing platform. DocHub lets users add text, draw, add signatures and make document templates. DocHub can integrate with Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail, and Box accounts.

The Sample Form

request-form

The above sample form is available on my website at RWEvans.Open it and then save it on your computer if you wish to follow along. 

Whether you use my sample form or one that you have been sent from someone else to have filled out, the form is on your computer as a PDF. You can print it, but what about entering your data right on the form so you can save it and then send it by email. 


Edit In DocHub

click-new

Log in to the DocHub website using your email address, Facebook, or Twitter. Then click New and drag the PDF file to Drop File Here. Or click to Import File From and locate the file using File Explorer.

edit-form

The form displays in a format that allows editing. You can white out anything on the form, add text, and even add a signature. I will not go over all the possibilities here. Let’s just fill out some of the entries on the form and add a signature.

add-date

Click the “A” on the toolbar and drag a box where you want to add text. Type the text and then drag a box around the next field.

add-name

Note that the menu button (9 squares) allows you to move the field. The trash can deletes it. You can return to a previous field and move it around to fit into the required space on the form.


Let’s add a signature. This site will either have you sign the form using your mouse or touchscreen. If you have a copy of your signature in a JPG file, you can upload and use it.

choose-create

Click the Sign pull-down arrow. Click Create your signature.

draw-signature

Click Draw and using the mouse, write your name. When you are satisfied with it, click Save. Now you have created and saved your signature for this and future use.

add-signature

Scroll down the page to the location for the signature, then click Sign in the toolbar and select the signature you created. Drag it to the field on the form and using the circles in each corner enlarge the signature to fit the field.


Download Completed Form

choose-download

When you have completed the form, click the download button in the upper right of the page.

choose-computer

With Computer selected, click Download.

saveas-pdf

Give it a new name and location and then click Save. The completed PDF is now on your computer.

Summary

With this online program, there is no need for purchasing expensive software to fill out PDF forms. I hope you find it a useful addition to your toolbox.


Dick

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About the Author

Dick Evans

Dick Evans has been in the tech industry for more than fifty years. Beginning his career in the '60s on IBM mainframes, he has been a Programmer, a Data Processing Manager (now called Information Systems Manager), a Consultant, an Assistant Professor, and a Writer. He has been published in a number of computer publications and has spoken at conferences here in the US and abroad. He is currently retired from the faculty at Rhode Island College and consulting/writing part-time, holding teaching seminars, and maintaining a number of Web sites. He maintains a blog with technical “stuff” and has a Web site at rwevans.com.

5 Comments

  1. Hello, what a great and well-needed program. I have needed it in the past and I will more than likely need it in the future, so thank you so much for making life just a little bit easier and nicer. You are very much appreciated

  2. I use a pdf program called “nitro reader” which allows easy completion of fillable pdf files, it has a text addition option that allows you to fill forms not downloaded as fillable, plus a signature addition option, and is totally free, can be found at this site -https://www.gonitro.com/pdf-reader — I’ve been using it for several years now and have never had a problem with it.
    So far I have never had a need to create my own pdf files, but this program will, and they should be compatible with other pdf readers
    Respectfully,
    Kent Hinrichsen

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