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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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KeyCue 6.5

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Ergonis has released KeyCue 6.5 with improvements that make looking up keyboard shortcuts quicker. The update uses a new internal drawing order that improves the shortcut tables appearance and a new menu scanning technique to make it easier to scan deeply nested bookmarks in Safari. Other improvements include better compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and FileMaker 12, recognition of the “fn fn” shortcut to start dictation on Mountain Lion, and refined diagnostic messages when applications with incorrect menu structures are detected. KeyCue now also avoids beeping if you dismiss the shortcut table with the Escape key, and you can check for updates from KeyCue’s menu bar icon. Finally, Sibelius users will appreciate a downloadable set of extended shortcut descriptions for the music notation software (available from Ergonis’s download extras Web page), which can be imported into KeyCue to reveal 272 hidden keyboard shortcuts. (€19.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 2.6 MB, release notes)

 

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