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Find Text Leading from Acrobat PDF

Ever have to recreate a document from an Acrobat PDF? You can find out most everything about the text by using the Object Inspector, except the leading. Well, here's a cheesy way to figure it out. Open the PDF in Illustrator (you just need one page). Release any and all clipping masks. Draw a guide at the baseline of the first line of text, and one on the line below. Now, Option-drag the first line to make a copy, and position it exactly next to the original first line at baseline. Then put a return anywhere in the copied line. Now adjust leading of the copied lines, so that the second line of copy rests on the baseline of the second line of the original. Now you know your leading.

Or you could buy expensive software to find the leading. Your choice.

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Answers to Questions about Updated Apple Base Stations

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Readers had many questions about Apple latest hardware revisions to the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule, which we wrote about in "AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule: Like Two Base Stations in One" (2009-03-03). Apple provided a few answers to me, and I have a few clarifications. [Editor's note: We've now merged these details into the article linked above as well.]

  • Can 2007-and-later base stations be updated to support simultaneous dual-band networking? No. The change is in hardware. Apple added a second radio. All previous 802.11n models have a single radio that can be switched to use either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz.
  • Will MobileMe remote access work with older base stations? Yes. The change is in the firmware, and Apple told me that all 802.11n base stations will gain MobileMe remote access through an upcoming firmware update; however, the AirPort Express doesn't support plugging in hard drives, so it won't gain this feature. (All 2007-and-later AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules can share files; all older 802.11n models can be remotely configured via AirPort Utility, too!) A system with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and a MobileMe account is required. The same account must be logged in at the base station and on the computer from which you're trying to access the base station.
  • Can the guest network be separately configured with different network names for 2.4 and 5 GHz? No. The guest network must have the same name for both bands.
  • Will older base station gain the guest networking feature? No.
  • Can I still use WDS (Wireless Distribution System) to extend my AirPort network without using Ethernet? Yes. Details to follow shortly after I've gotten my hands on a shipping unit.

 

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