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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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The View from the L

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You've all heard of the Radius Pivot and the PCPC Flipper in previous issues of TidBITS. Well, another monitor has arrived on the scene for those of you interested in modifying your view on the computer's world. Sigma Designs has a new monitor called the L-View Multi-Mode, which is a 19" monochrome monitor (the monitor itself can handle grey scale, but the video card can't). It doesn't sound impressive, but the gimmick is that it can change resolution on the fly. The L-View boasts six different resolutions, 120, 92, 72, 60, 46, and 36 dpi. The principle is that for applications with which you want a lot of screen real estate, such as spreadsheets or some desktop publishing applications, you work at a high resolution. However, if you merely want to enter text, you can work at 60 dpi so you don't have strain to see the letters. And if you think HyperCard 1.2.5's window looks funny in the middle of a big screen, you can have it fill the screen in 36 dpi.

As far as the other details go, we aren't yet sure when the monitor will really be available, but it will cost $1995 and will have refresh rates of up to 92 Hz to prevent flicker. Its resolution is a whopping 1664 by 1200 pixels. Everything is controlled by a cdev or by hot keys. It works with the Mac II line of computers, and also apparently with the SE. Dan KoGai said he tested it on an SE as well, so although we hadn't heard about the SE or the SE/30, hopefully they will be supported as well. Evidently it has a few conflicts with applications that aren't well-behaved about checking their QuickDraw coordinates, but on the whole it works with most everything.

Sigma Designs -- 800/933-9945 -- 415/770-0100

Information from:
Dan KoGai -- dankg@tornado.Berkeley.EDU
Scott T. Huang -- sh2u+@andrew.cmu.edu

Related articles:
MacWEEK -- 22-May-90, Vol. 4 #20, pg. 9

 

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