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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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Keyboard Maestro 4.0

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Stairways Software has released a significant update to the popular macro utility Keyboard Maestro. Version 4.0 overhauls the user interface, adds 64-bit support, and adds support for Growl notifications. Macros can now be executed when hot keys are pressed, held down, or released. Also, Command-Tab can now be used as a hot key, the program switcher can optionally hide all other programs when switching, and the clipboard switcher now offers both a search feature and display of images and rich text. Version 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. ($36 new, $18 upgrade, 7.6 MB)

 

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Comments about Keyboard Maestro 4.0

Looks good, but with the new upgrade to BetterTouchTool (free), I know which one I'm going for.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-10 17:22
BetterTouchTool looks neat, but it's not really comparable to Keyboard Maestro as far as I can tell. Keyboard Maestro is a full-featured macro utility that can perform a ton of actions based on numerous different triggers.
Sherman Wilcox  2009-12-10 15:26
Oh my no, you're not really comparing Keyboard Maestro to BetterTouchTool, are you?