Early today, Apple Computer and Power Computing announced plans for Apple to purchase important Macintosh-related assets from Power Computing in exchange for $100 million in Apple common stock. Included among those assets are Power Computing's Mac OS license, customer database, and key personnel. Power Computing will continue to sell Mac clones through 31-Dec-97, after which the company will concentrate on a line of PC clones. Apple will provide ongoing Mac OS support to Power Computing users, whereas Power Computing will continue to provide hardware and warranty service for the machines it has sold. Although no comments were made surrounding the other clone manufacturers, it appears that Apple has started down the road toward elimination of clone licensing. The question is, which of the negatives discussed in A Case for Clones (TidBITS 395, 01-Sep-97) will come to pass and which will Apple avoid?
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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