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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 7 March 2011

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If you’re in need of more to read, check out John Gruber’s insightful look into Apple’s 30-percent business model along with the news that Verizon Wireless’s unlimited data plan for the iPhone will disappear in a few months.

John Gruber Analyzes Apple’s 30 Percent -- Little has been more controversial of late than Apple’s subscription plan for periodicals, which retains the 70/30 split in revenues used by the App Store, and has a few contractual clauses that publishers dislike, including requiring subscription-based apps to use Apple’s subscription APIs and requiring price-matching from subscription offers outside the app. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber looks at the main arguments against Apple’s policies and concludes that, in essence, Apple is setting rules that are good for Apple, and likely good for users. Publishers? They can either play by Apple’s rules, or not play in Apple’s sandbox.

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Unlimited Plan Disappears from Verizon Wireless in Summer -- Verizon Wireless told analysts, according to Fierce Wireless, that the unlimited data pricing plan with which it introduced the iPhone on its network will be replaced by tiered service this summer. This is not a surprise. One assumes that subscribers with a two-year contract, as with AT&T, will retain the unlimited option unless they opt to drop to a cheaper metered plan.

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