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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 14.0.1

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Adding a bit of confusion to its already inscrutable release pattern, Mozilla has released the latest update to Firefox as version 14.0.1 — even though there wasn’t a version 14.0. According to Ghacks.net, this was done to keep both the Mac desktop and Android mobile versions of the Web browser synchronized with the same release numbering. Offering a variety of security and privacy improvements, the desktop browser now uses HTTPS by default when searching Google to improve security and privacy and adds a “click-to-play” option that can block the automated display of a plug-in (such as Adobe Flash) until the content is specifically activated by a click. Additionally, it improves the way a Web site’s verified identity icon is displayed in the Awesome Bar (i.e., the address field) to indicate whether or not the site uses SSL encryption or has an Extended Validation certificate. Other additions include auto-completion for URLs typed into the Awesome Bar, a native full-screen mode in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and later, a new API to prevent your display from sleeping, text-transform and font-variant CSS improvements for Greek and Turkish localizations, and support for a Pointer Lock API that provides enhanced mouse control for applications (such as first-person games). (Free, 31 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Firefox 14.0.1

Hello Agen

> adds a “click-to-play” option that can block the automated display of a plug-in

I've looked at the prefs and at

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/14.0.1/releasenotes/

- no luck. Where did you get this information from?
Curtis Wilcox  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2012-07-31 07:38
It's not a finalized feature yet, you can turn it on by going into preferences in about:config, it's plugins.click_to_play. It's definitely a work in progress and in particular may not be ready in the Mac version. I saw bug reports about it and when I went to youtube.com and nbc.com, tapping to activate the Flash plugin did not make anything happen.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Opt-in_activation_for_plugins
Thanks, Curtis, very much appreciated. I think I'll wait a bit, in that case, as I need something really functional. I discovered this feature in Camino, a bit by chance on a backup machine, and thought it was pretty neat.