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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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Almost everyone who owns a DeskWriter (or DeskJet) printer from Hewlett Packard has complained about the ink, which is soluble in water. Although few people have specifically had problems with dunking their printouts, most people worry about the possibility. A number of solutions appeared in Usenet this week.

The most common solution mentioned is to photocopy the page in question, although this is not always convenient. Another solution is to use a fixative spray that can be found at art supply stores. The most ironic feature of the DeskWriter/DeskJet is the excellent envelope handling capabilities, because an envelope is likely to be exposed to water. We have found that a strip of clear Scotch tape protects the address and makes the envelope look slightly classier. Of course, the ideal solution would be for HP to come up with non-water soluble ink, and the latest rumors say it might do so by July.

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Chet Wood -- chet@Advansoft.COM
George J. Jefferson -- jeffe@eniac.seas.upenn.edu
Saiid Paryavi -- paryavi@harris.cis.ksu.edu

 

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