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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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Jeff Carlson Takes Control of iPad Media on MacVoices

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The demand for the iPad 2 is still overwhelming, with Apple still quoting two to three weeks for delivery of online orders. If you already own an original iPad, however, did you know you have nearly all of the new features of the iPad 2? In this MacVoices appearance, Jeff Carlson talks with Chuck Joiner about what's new in iOS 4.3 when dealing with media — playing video and audio, reading ebooks, and other media tasks — as part of a discussion about his timely title "Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition". Follow the audio, or watch the discussion on video at MacVoices.tv. favicon follow link