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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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Go Beyond Play with “Take Control of Working with Your iPad”

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It may not wear a coat and tie, but that doesn’t mean an iPad can’t fit in at the office. Joe Kissell’s second edition of “Take Control of Working with Your iPad” helps iPad-toting workers find and use the best productivity apps and techniques.

The new edition includes information not only on the changes that iOS 4 has brought to the iPad, but also on the many new and revised iPad apps that have become available since the first edition was published. With advice that has been polished and refined over many months of real-world iPad use, Joe explores the working possibilities of the device.

With this new edition in hand, readers can learn how to:

  • Type right: You’ll learn tips for maximizing typing speed on the onscreen keyboard and discover the best ways to use the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options.

  • Select, cut, copy, and paste: These commands may be second nature to regular computer users, but their touchscreen versions are another matter. Joe explains how to use touchscreen editing commands effectively and fluently.

  • Transfer files among apps and devices: The ebook shows how using iTunes to exchange documents with an iPad is not the only way to go. It looks carefully at those apps that can exchange documents with each other and with cloud/server-based systems, including Air Sharing HD, Documents To Go, Dropbox, GoDocs, GoodReader, MobileMe iDisk, Memeo Connect, Office2 HD, PrintCentral, Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, ReaddleDocs, SugarSync, and more. It also provides insights into how the iPad handles files and explains how you can leverage that knowledge.

  • Manage contacts and calendars: Few workers can survive without their contact lists and calendars; Joe teaches the essential techniques for using the iPad’s included Contacts and Calendar apps.

  • Write and send email: Today’s worker can’t survive without email either; Joe explains how to set up email accounts, view and reply to email, and adjust settings in Mail to match each workplace’s requirements.

  • Take notes effectively at meetings and lectures: It’s hard to take a shiny new iPad to a meeting unobtrusively, but once the ooohs and ahhhs die down, everyone has to be able to get back to business. The ebook offers useful pointers for using Apple’s Notes app, and tips on great third-party apps for taking typed or handwritten notes, recording audio, and even using speech recognition.

  • Create documents in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and more: Joe runs through the productivity capabilities of the apps in Apple’s mobile iWork suite, and he explores a number of third-party alternatives that offer capabilities that Apple overlooked. He also provides a special focus on cross-application communication among the iPad, “the cloud,” and a desktop computer.

  • Print documents: And not just on a printer—Joe describes how to “print” to a Dropbox folder, to PDF format and more, using Apple’s built-in AirPrint feature and third-party apps.

From instant messaging and Web browsing to location mapping and note taking, Joe puts the iPad’s capabilities into the context of maximizing productivity and getting work done. The ebook concludes with pointers to apps that allow workers to perform even more tasks, including drawing and painting, working with multi-track audio, outlining and brainstorming, and using databases.

Coupled with “Take Control of Working with Your iPad, Second Edition,” the iPad turns out to be a great business tool (coat and tie remain optional).


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