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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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Brian Hall <mspace@netcom.com> writes about General Magic's Magic Cap:

A product using Magic Cap has been shown - the Motorola Envoy. Motorola had a large island booth at Mobile '94 recently, and they had seven or eight third-party developers showing off applications. They were also accepting applications to participate in their developer program. There were some spreadsheets, some communications applications, and others that did not catch my eye. I spent most of my time talking to the developer evangelist and the representative from America Online. They had an America Online email and stock client running on the Envoy. Nice, but as I don't follow stocks on America Online and prefer my email to be sent to my Internet address, that is of limited use to me. A full client would be great, especially considering that they work wireless. When I saw the first screen shots in MacWEEK I thought, "Great! Black and white hollow images. A coloring book!" However, when you actually sit down and use the device, it is much better.

 

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