Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.



Pick an apple! 
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.

Visit Mac Production Artist Tips and Scripts

Submitted by
Greg Ledger


SFDialog Extenders Details

Send Article to a Friend
Super Boomerang 3.0
ShortCut 1.5
KiwiFinder Extender 1.02
DFaultD 2.22
SuperBoomerang 3.0
Now Software
520 S.W. Harrison St. Suite 435
Portland OR 97201

Super Boomerang Rating:

10 Penguins out of a possible 10 (note that one or two of the
user evaluations referred to previous versions of Super

User Evaluation: (on a scale of 0 to 10)

Number of responses: 10
Ease of installation: 9
Ease of learning: 8
Ease of use: 9
Power & usefulness: 10
Documentation: 8
Technical support: 6
Overall evaluation: 9
ShortCut 1.5
Aladdin Systems, Inc.
165 Westridge Drive
Watsonville CA 95076

ShortCut Rating:

10 Penguins out of a possible 10 (we don't do decimal Penguins
or ShortCut would have only rated slightly lower, like .1
Penguin. Unfortunately we got no user evaluations for ShortCut.)
KiwiFinder Extender 1.02
Kiwi Software
6546 Pardall Road
Santa Barbara CA 93117-4843
KiwiSoft on AOL

KiwiFinder Rating:

3 Penguins out of a possible 10 (this is especially since the
program will no longer be updated. Unfortunately we got no user
evaluations for KiwiFinder.)
DFaultD 2.22
Jon Gotow
129 Iron Run Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
J.GOTOW on GEnie

DFaultD Rating:

8 Penguins out of a possible 10

User Evaluation: (on a scale of 0 to 10)

Number of responses: 4
Ease of installation: 10
Ease of learning: 8
Ease of use: 10
Power & usefulness: 9
Documentation: 9
Technical support: 10
Overall evaluation: 9

Price and Availability: -- Super Boomerang and ShortCut are widely available from dealers and mail order firms, and MacConnection sells them for $84 (only in the Now Utilities package) and $45 respectively. KiwiFinder Extender may no longer be readily available (see review below) but DFaultD is widely available as shareware for $20. (We quote the MacConnection price in recognition of its industry-leading efforts to use ecologically-conscious packaging and its overall excellent service.)


Adam C. Engst, TidBITS Editor


Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS!
Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of
savvy, committed Apple users who actually buy stuff.
More information: <>