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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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Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2, 2008 12.3.0, and 2004 11.6.4

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New from Microsoft are updates to the last three versions of its flagship Office for Mac suite. According to the company, the three releases, labeled 14.1.2 for Office 2011, 12.3.0 for Office 2008, and 11.6.4 for Office 2004, are all aimed at security, addressing eight important vulnerabilities focused on specially crafted Excel files that an attacker could use to overwrite the contents of a computer’s memory with malicious code. Office for Mac 2011 14.1.2 also fixes several bugs in Outlook and Word. (Free updates; 109 MB, 333 MB, 13 MB)

 

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Comments about Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2, 2008 12.3.0, and 2004 11.6.4

Mark G  2011-06-27 06:09
Biggest and buggiest release of an update patch ever by Microsoft. I had to actually stop using Outlook and go back to using Apple Mail and iCal. Outlook 2011 simply doesn't work after the update.
achabot  2011-06-28 06:28
Once again, MS AutoUpdate shows itself for the poorly designed software it is.

Upon reading this news in Tidbits, I checked for Updates, and AutoUpdate told me I had 3 to install. Great. Click "Install" and wait for them to install, right? Nope. In order to do the first installation, I have to quit AutoUpdate. And of course that means that only one installation takes place, requiring me to reboot a MS application and redo the process. I wonder when they will fix this....
Leonard Campbell  2011-07-11 12:14
I get a message that I don't have the correct system. 10.6.8 isn't the right system? The pages I get say the same thing!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-11 13:43
Interesting. These updates came out slightly before 10.6.8, but it's surprising that they would check for that, since Microsoft would have known 10.6.8 was due out soon. Do you get different results if you download manually versus using Microsoft Auto Update?