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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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MacBook Pro Gains Faster CPU Option

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Unmentioned during Apple’s media event last week was the fact that the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models have gained a faster CPU option, a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7. In both cases, the 2.8 GHz CPU comes at a $200 premium over the 2.66 GHz chip, formerly the high end. Previous CPU configurations remain available.

There’s little more to say here, other than to note that if you’re buying a MacBook Pro because you want more performance than is available from the MacBook, MacBook Air, or 13-inch MacBook Pro, it might be worth ponying up a few hundred extra dollars to make sure you have the fastest available processor.

 

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No mention? Just another indication that Apple is ignoring the Mac in favor of toys.

Apple Inc., the next great American TOY company. Watch out Mattel. Sheesh, how far will they fall under Steve? Probably not much, as America seems to be addicted to entertainment and eye-candy toys.
Glenn Fleishman  2010-10-23 17:03
You missed the introduction of new MacBook Airs, including the smallest (coolest) Mac Apple has ever made? Lion preview? Free ponies?
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-10-23 17:44
This is the funniest comment I've seen on TidBITS in a long time. I hope that if I ever found a company, it will "fall" a fraction as much as Apple. "Toys," right.