I'm trying to find any PDF creator/exporter tool, capable of creating multi-layered PDF file. Multi-layering doesn't sound like a really hard to code feature, and thus I don't want to spend a lot of money for such application.

I'm looking for anything that could work as standalone, some open-source office app plugin (I'm aware of some Microsoft Word plugin), GIMP/Inkscape plugin, anything.

For now, the best thing that I've already found is a command line tool.

Additional pros of such software would be also ability of creating some buttons, allowing you to script around your layers.

Any suggestions or unusual ideas really appreciated.

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Have a look at Scribus:

  • freeware / open-source
  • cross-platform
  • PDF creator (desktop publishing software)
  • you can create buttons and forms

It doesn't have layers enabled by default. Go to File - Preferences - PDF Export:

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Here are the properties of a button (it also supports Javascript):

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  • Wow, that looks very promising, I will certainly take a closer look on that, thanks :)
    – kreys
    Jun 26, 2014 at 17:33
  • It seems like this is exactly the application that I was looking for, with a lot of useful features and options. I highly recommend it to all of you looking for a lot of PDF creation and manipulation features.
    – kreys
    Jun 30, 2014 at 10:17

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