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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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Safari 5.1.1 (Snow Leopard)

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Although Safari 5.1.1 for Lion, which comes as part of the 10.7.2 update, now supports syncing of Safari bookmarks and the Safari Reading List to your devices via iCloud, 10.6 Snow Leopard isn’t currently compatible with iCloud. Thus, Safari 5.1.1 for Snow Leopard gains no new features, but it does boast improved JavaScript performance, and Apple took this opportunity to fix problems with excessive memory usage, along with stability issues related to Find, dragging tabs, managing extensions, and the Silverlight plug-in used by Netflix and other sites. Other bugs fixed include problems with printing, entering East Asian characters into pages with Flash content, History items appearing incorrectly, and automatic updates to the Google Safe Browsing Service. In Snow Leopard, Safari 5.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Security Update 2011-006. (Free, 47.05 MB)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Take Safari 5 far beyond basic Web browsing with this ebook from Mac expert Sharon Zardetto. Come up to speed on the new extensions and Reader features, and hone your skills at loading tabs, searching, filling out forms, using RSS, and more.


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