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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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Get a Grip -- PowerBook owners who plan to spend any time where its hot enough that sitting quietly at your keyboard can make you sweat, or who carry their PowerBooks around a lot, might want to check out a product called Grip~it Strips, which make the surface of your PowerBook (or any portable computer or device) less slippery. Grip~it Strips work much like stickers, only their non-stick sides are rough and rubbery. Grip~it Strips come in several shapes, including long, thin, lightning-bolt zig zags, dots, and diamonds. You can put them on in regular patterns, or you can combine them to make flowers or avant garde designs.

Grip~it Strips have been available for some time now; for the past year, Adam has used them on his PowerBook 100, and they do make handling easier. I didn't put them on my Duo, because I feared they might prevent it from fitting into a dock in a possible future life. I recently found out that I shouldn't have worried - apparently Duos can dock with Grip~it Strips attached, and if a future problem came up, the strips can be peeled off and their stickiness removed with a little rubbing alcohol. A Grip~it Strip package sells for around $9. [TJE]

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