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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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ExtraBITS for 15 February 2010

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Just two quick links this week - Macworld's Best of Show slideshow highlighting their top picks for Macworld 2010 Conference and Expo, and Apple's countdown to the 10 billionth song sold via iTunes.


Best of Macworld Expo Slideshow -- Were you unable to make it to Macworld Expo last week? Catch up on what you missed with Macworld's Best of Show slideshow, highlighting 11 products cherry-picked by Macworld's editors.

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iTunes's 10 Billionth Song Contest -- Apple has announced it will award a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card to the customer who purchases the 10 billionth song on iTunes. Not surprising with such a large reward, the list of rules is long and labyrinthine, but entering is as easy as purchasing a song. With roughly 9,913,000,000 songs already downloaded, and the current purchase rate being about 150 songs per second (there's a nifty counter on Apple's site), the winning purchase should happen soon!

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