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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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Airfoil 4.7.4

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Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 4.7.4, which now provides support for Airfoil Speakers for Android (which was recently released as a public beta). The network audio streaming app also improves support for audio sent from an Apple TV (running iOS 5.1 or later) to Airfoil Speakers and fixes a crash that occurred when selecting "Show Airfoil Only in the Menu Bar" in Preferences. ($25 new with a 15-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 9.1 MB, release notes)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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