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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 03-Aug-09

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Flash Player 10.0.32.18 from Adobe is a security update to the commonly used browser plug-in. The update addresses a critical vulnerability previously identified by Adobe (see "Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Vulnerability", 2009-07-24) that could be exploited by an attacker to take control of a user's system after a program crash. (Free update, 5.66 MB)

Adobe Acrobat 9.1.3 and Reader 9.1.3 from Adobe are security updates to the longstanding PDF software. The updates address the critical vulnerability in Flash (see "Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Vulnerability", 2009-07-24) that could be exploited by an attacker to take control of a user's system after a program crash. (Free update, 6.1/3.1 MB)

Path Finder 5.1.4 from Cocoatech is a feature-focused update to the advanced file search utility that Matt Neuburg recently praised in "Path Finder 5 Beats the Finder's Pants Off" (2009-06-29). Changes include added support for Back to My Mac, the capability to remove the Finder icon from the Dock, adjustable desktop grid spacing, compatibility with trackpad swipe gestures for moving forward and backwards, and the capability to display WebDAV volumes. A full list of changes is available on Cocoatech's Web site. ($39.95 new, $19.95 upgrade, 22.2 MB)

SpamSieve 2.7.5 from C-Command Software is a maintenance update to the powerful Bayesian spam filtering software. Changes include improved FAQ and instruction sections, new scrollable search fields, an enhanced crash reporter, and updated Dutch, Japanese, and Korean localizations. Also, two bugs have been fixed; one that would cause Apple Mail to freeze on launch if you had a created a rule involving address book groups, and one that would cause the program to crash if more than one copy was installed on your machine. ($30 new, free update, 3.9 MB)

Fetch 5.5.1 from Fetch Softworks is a maintenance update to the longstanding file transfer software. Several issues have been addressed, including rare crashes due to missing default editors when uploading files and opening preferences. Also fixed are rare freezes that could occur when getting file lists, and delays that could occur while renaming items when the list of recent folders is especially long. Several other smaller bugs have also been fixed and can be found in the update's full release notes. ($25 new, free update from 5.5, 16 MB)

 

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