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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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Bento 4.0.2

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FileMaker has upgraded its human-friendly Mac database software Bento. New in version 4 is the capability to print mailing labels, inventory tags, name badges, and other labels from within the software. Other printing options make an appearance, too — you now get finer-grained printing controls, and new printer-friendly themes. Also new is the capability to export templates with data (so that you can share pre-populated databases with others), Location Data support (so that you can note the exact location where data is entered), and easy date searching. Full release notes are available at FileMaker’s Web site, and quick 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 releases squash a few bugs. ($49 new, $29 upgrade)

 

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Why is filemaker.com unavailable?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-21 16:45
Seems fine here... When in doubt, try this site for checking if a site is really down:

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/
Safari can’t open the page “http://www.filemaker.com/” because Safari can’t find the server “www.filemaker.com”.
Firefox can't find the server at www.filemaker.com
Peter DeGroot  2011-03-21 19:39
Sounds good, but I've learned my lesson. Bento has extracted over $200 from me for the Family Pack and subsequent upgrades to v3.0. And this got me only some of the missing or poorly implemented features that should have been in from v1 or at least have been free upgrades. V4 might finally be there, but sounds like more of the same hype to get you to put out another bribe to get a few more of the missing features. I'm going to do the 30 day trial this time before I part with another $80.
Andreas Frick  2011-03-22 09:03
Bento still does not support direct import of AppleWorks database files. They have to be saved as text/tsv files first loosing all their formating, formulas etc. Very poor.