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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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In the unconfirmed news department, I hear that Apple has finished the Macintosh Hardware System Update 2.0, but that the update is not yet generally available. It fixes a many bugs on many different models of the Mac, many of which seem to be more operating system bugs than hardware problems, but who's complaining? We'll let you know more details once we have a copy ourselves. Also, I just heard that Prodigy is beta-testing an Internet gateway. We don't know if there's any cost to Prodigy users, but they need new software, called Mail Manager, and can sign up for Internet access at JUMP INTERNET. Prodigy users can receive Internet mail via the address format

abcd12a@prodigy.com

where "abcd12a" is the recipient's user ID. It's about time Prodigy appeared on the Internet, but don't expect a reliable gateway right away since it's still in testing. Again, details as they arise.

 

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