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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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No TidBITS Issue on 22 November 2010

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Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so we won’t be publishing an email issue on 22 November 2010 as we get ready for family and food. (I for one will be consulting Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner” ebook, which is also now available in the iBookstore—which it isn’t yet possible to link to—and as an iPhone app, for my dinner preparations.)

Although the weekly email edition of TidBITS won’t appear on Monday, we’ll no doubt continue to post to the TidBITS Web site. Check back at the site or subscribe to the our RSS feed or Twitter stream to keep up with everything we’re writing. And look for the next email issue on 29 November 2010!

 

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