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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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Nisus XS Rumors

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Mel Martinez reports a rumor that Nisus XS will have table features built in, pending licensing negotiations between Nisus Software and Macreations, publishers of the Tycho table program. Apparently, Nisus XS will have table-editing features, although if the licensing negotiations break down for the Tycho code, the program itself may come bundled with Nisus XS, and the two will communicate via Apple events. With talks about Tycho going, one wonders if Nisus and Macreations might not also be talking about Expressionist, Macreations' equation-editing program. Also being bandied about the Nisus rumor mill is the addition of drag & drop editing as in Microsoft Word.

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Mel Martinez -- mem@jhufos.pha.jhu.edu

 

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