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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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Best Financial Reason to Attend: StuffIt Deluxe

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The best deal of the show goes to Aladdin Systems for their guerilla pricing on StuffIt Deluxe and SpaceSaver (which is included with the complete StuffIt Deluxe package). Aladdin offered StuffIt Deluxe for $45 and SpaceSaver alone for $25. Although I understand that people don't often need the full power of StuffIt because SpaceSaver can create and expand StuffIt archives, I still think the extra $20 is worth it for the full package. That one time someone gives you a file that has been tar'ed and you can't expand it online due to disk space problems (which I always have - or you work on a CMS machine that wouldn't know tar from feathers and wants to translate it all into EBCDIC anyway) it's nice to have the full set of StuffIt's translators. It's also fun dragging things from archive to archive - an example of interface done right.

Second prize in this category goes to Teleware for dropping the price on their well-reviewed MYOB accounting program and its just-released smaller sibling, Best Books, to $19 for the show. Considering MYOB's list price of $99, the show special went over so well that Teleware quickly ran out of packages and had to promise to ship them after the show.

 

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