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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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iBooks 1.0.1

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Apple has released an update for iBooks on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, with version 1.0.1 claiming the usual unspecified “bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability.” We did notice, however, that the update does not fix the category assignment bug we examined in “Managing an iBooks Metadata Mess” (6 November 2013). The update is available via Software Update. (Free, 14.7 MB)

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Learn to collect, read, and sync ebooks in the OS X 10.9 Mavericks version of iBooks, as well as in the iOS version. Author Sharon Zardetto helps you optimize your onscreen reading environment and explains how to organize and find your books. You'll soon not only be reading, but also adding bookmarks, highlighting passages, making notes, and more.

 

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M. Perry  2013-11-08 09:01
I suspect that it also doesn't fix the #1 problem with iBooks, which I believe you've noted. That's the utterly silly idea that any ePub document opened must be added to iBooks library. I hated that with Adobe's Digital Editions. I hate it with iBooks.

This wouldn't be that hard to fix. If an ebook doesn't have DRM, the app should assume it shouldn't be added to the library. For those cases when it should, offer an "Add to library" option on the File menu.