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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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John Oliver Crashes the FCC for Net Neutrality

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Daily Show alumnus John Oliver, who now hosts HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” crashed the FCC’s comment system after encouraging viewers to pelt the commission with comments about its latest “net neutrality” proposal, which would enable “fast lanes” for content providers who pay ISPs. The FCC’s comment system was down for much of the day on 2 June 2014, but still managed to log 1,414 comments about the proposed regulations. Be sure to follow the link in the article for Oliver’s hilarious (though explicit — this is HBO, after all) video explaining net neutrality.favicon follow link