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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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Desktop Construction

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Desktop Construction -- Dale Southard writes:

As a longtime TidBITS reader: THANKS! To the point, you mentioned rebuilding the desktop as a fix for the "lost folder bug." I don't know about the bug, but there is an easier way to rebuild the desktop:

  • Quit all apps but the Finder.

  • Hit command-option-esc to force quit the Finder.

  • Click on the "Force Quit" button and then immediately depress and hold command-option.

When the Finder restarts, it will give you the option of rebuilding all mounted disks. I think it's much more convenient than restarting as we used to have to do.

[Adam: We've received information indicating that rebuilding the desktop and using some of the fixes we mentioned last issue may not work in some cases. As we mentioned, it still looks like the only fix guaranteed to work is to reformat the hard drive and restore from your up-to-date backup. More on this when we know.]

Information from:
Dale Southard -- GRX1512@uoft02.utoledo.edu
Henning Pape-Santos -- henning@banana.ithaca.ny.us

 

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