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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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3.5" Erasable Optical Due

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The first 3.5" erasable optical drive was announced recently by Pinnacle Micro Inc., which claims that the drive's average seek time is a mere 28 milliseconds, far below that offered by the 5.25" standard erasable optical disks. Each $129 disk will store 128 megabytes of information, less than the 650 megabytes that the 5.25" drives will hold. However, the list price on the drive is $2995, so street prices should be less than the $3500 or so that the 5.25" drives cost. Compared to a 105 megabyte Quantum hard disk, the Pinnacle erasable optical is still expensive at about $24 per megabyte, but adding additional disks lowers the price per megabyte significantly. For graphic designers who wish to store large 24-bit images or anyone who needs a large amount of storage, the Pinnacle 3.5" drive will provide it at a reasonable speed, unlike its 5.25" brethren.

Pinnacle Micro, Inc. -- 800/553-7070 -- 714/727-3300
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