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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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Two More OneWorlds

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Global Village today announced they are preparing to ship two new models of their OneWorld communications server family. The OneWorld Network Modem replaces the OneWorld Remote Access server, offering both incoming ARA and outgoing shared modem services. The OneWorld Combo offers both of those features, plus the outgoing fax service of the OneWorld Fax server.

When Global Village introduced their OneWorld Fax and OneWorld Remote Access servers (see TidBITS-232), the potential for enhancement was obvious. The OneWorld Combo unit offers nearly all of the capabilities we outlined nearly six months ago. (It still can't receive faxes, and currently supports Apple Remote Access 1.0 or 2.0, but not SLIP or PPP.)

The basic OneWorld device is still a book-sized box with one or two PowerPort modems (100-series) installed, and either just LocalTalk, or both LocalTalk and EtherTalk ports. Global Village's downloadable firmware approach means any OneWorld can take on any of the above identities. In fact, first-generation OneWorld owners can upgrade to Network Modem or Combo capabilities quickly and easily. (Serialized keys mean users won't be able to pirate upgrades.) Global Village will begin shipping the new OneWorlds around the time of next month's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, and both retail and upgrade pricing will be available at that time.

GlobalFax gets a face-lift with this release as well; the popular fax software that comes with the OneWorld Combo now offers better greyscale and more dialing options. The current software also supports all of Global Village's personal modem products; previous OneWorld users had trouble with Duo and 500-series PowerPort modems.

Each of the modems built into the OneWorld can handle any or all of the unit's tasks: incoming ARA, outgoing faxes, or outgoing network modem service. That network modem service gives users the option of "shadowing" either a modem or printer port, or of using a CTB-aware application to access the OneWorld server more directly.

A single OneWorld Combo could replace two LanRovers, two TelePort Mercury modems, and a 4-Sight Fax server, all with a single box that doesn't require a Macintosh. Sounds like a good arrangement to me.

Global Village Communication -- 800/736-4821 -- 408/523-1000
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