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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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Firefox 4

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Mozilla has released Firefox 4. The upgrade sports a revamped user interface and runs atop the Gecko 2.0 engine. According to Mozilla, that means it’s up to six times faster at running JavaScript than the previous version of the browser, and now offers vastly improved support for HTML5 and CSS3. Firefox now supports the Do Not Track header, enables Firefox Sync by default, supports Google’s WebM video format, and handles plug-in crashes more gracefully. Lengthy release notes are available at Mozilla’s Web site. Note that Firefox 4 requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or higher, running on an Intel-based Mac (those who are still running 10.4 Tiger or with PowerPC-based Macs should stick with Firefox 3.6) (Free, 26.8 MB)

 

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Comments about Firefox 4
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John Horigan  2011-03-28 18:59
After D/L firefox 4.0, I get a window that says I already have a newer version (3.6.16) installed. Also, have not been able to get Firefox to reply to any questio or email. WHAT'S UP ?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-29 06:16
I'd try downloading Firefox 4 again, and be sure to replace the old Firefox app in your Applications folder. Sounds like you might have multiple copies installed.
John Horigan  2011-03-29 13:51
Adam: Thanks for your reply-- I have talked to you on phone about your book for iPhoto
I have D/L ed 4.0 3 times now, and always the same answer-- " do you want to download this older version, you have 3.6.16 installed which is a newer version"
I have a .jpg on my desktop of this window and can send it if you tell me how.
My computers are-- MacBook Pro OS 10.6.7, and this iMac OS 10.6.7 , all apps and files are up to date as per TeckTracker except Firefox 4.0.
This iMac has Office 2011, and Aperture 2.1.3 installed.
I have tried to red comments in Firefox help, and do find a few about this very same problem -- BUT no replies to any of them. And as I stated above, 3 emails to Firefox and Mozella but no replies to date.
So that's my story now, and I'm sticking to it!
Thanks-- John Horigan
Dennis B. Swaney  2011-03-28 19:10
You should mention that Firefox 4 is Intel ONLY. For PPC, you need to either stay at the last version 3.6.16, or move to the open source TenFourFox from http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-29 06:17
A good point, thanks. I have a longer review coming soon...
Singlestar  2011-03-28 19:42
Version 4. seems to require Leopard or higher. This unhappy Tiger had to delete and reinstall version 3.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-03-29 06:17
Yes, it does - I'll update the article for these system requirements (should have caught that in editing, but I was sick yesterday).