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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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Exploring Widespread SuperDrive Problems -- An attempt to track down reports of widespread defective SuperDrives via Apple user forums reveals the difficulty in assessing these sorts of large-scale issues, yet also confirms the existence of some kind of significant problem at play. (Doug McLean, 2009-09-14)

New iPod Touch Has 802.11n Chip -- Apple slips in a single-stream 802.11n chip in the latest iPod touch, iFixIt discovers. Faster networking? More likely, a better networked media player. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-12)

Watch Apple Events Online -- If you aren't invited to Apple's special events and want to see the real thing rather than reading liveblog transcripts, subscribe to the Apple Keynotes podcast. (Adam C. Engst, 2009-09-12)

Sprint Offers Unmetered Mobile Calling -- Sprint has a new unmetered plan that lets you call any other U.S. cell phone without dipping into a minutes pool. The plan includes no preset limits on text, data, video, MMS, and GPS navigation, too. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-10)

Hack Microsoft Word's Page Up/Down Keys -- If you're as irritated as we are at Microsoft Word's habit of moving the insertion point when you use the Page Up and Page Down keys (something most Mac applications don't do), read on for a solution that requires no additional software. (Pete Resnick, 2009-09-08)

Google Books Settlement Hits Snags -- The proposed settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers over Google's past work in scanning in-copyright titles may be scuttled over the advantages that such a settlement would confer on the search giant. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-07)

Solve Snow Leopard's Screen Sharing Bug -- The screen sharing feature in Snow Leopard has a significant bug: the remote screen is blacked out or frozen when you connect. Fortunately, there's a simple, though repetitive, fix. (Glenn Fleishman, 2009-09-07)


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