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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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Learn to Podcast with “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac”

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It seems that everyone we know has a podcast these days — our own Glenn Fleishman has two: The New Disruptors and The Periodicalist. We’re too busy writing TidBITS articles and publishing Take Control books to do more than record our articles and be occasional podcast guests, but if you’ve been thinking about hopping on the podcasting bandwagon or want to take an existing podcast to the next level, we have exactly what you need: Andy Affleck’s 130-page “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, Third Edition.”

The main barrier to starting a podcast is putting together everything you need — hardware, software, and audio workflow know-how. With Andy’s real-world experience in the $10 ebook to guide you, you’ll learn how to plan your podcast, choose the right microphone and accessories, and pick the best audio software for your needs. Andy provides step-by-step instructions for recording in GarageBand, Audacity, and Audio Hijack Pro on the Mac, as well as for mobile recording in GarageBand and Voice Record Pro for iOS.

Once your audio is in the can, you’ll learn how to edit and mix it with GarageBand and Audacity, then encode and tag it properly. Andy also helps you choose a hosting service, understand bandwidth costs and syndication formats, and set up an RSS feed. “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” closes with a look at how to publish and promote your podcast. And since we won’t pretend there’s only one way to podcast, Andy interviewed a number of experienced podcasters in order to share their favorite mics and software.

One last thing. Andy was able to find the time to write this book because he’s between jobs at the moment. If you know of anyone looking for a senior technology project manager, preferably near Boston or Providence, let us know and we’ll pass it on. Much as we like having Andy writing for us, we’d far rather he had a full-time position! Read more about what he does.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Start podcasting or take your podcast to the next level with start-to-finish guidance from Andy Affleck. You'll learn tricks of the trade as you assemble your hardware and software, make recordings, edit and mix the audio, and encode and publish your shows.

 

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