In a press release earlier this week, Apple announced the Newton MessagePad 2100, due to ship in November. The 2100 resembles its predecessor, the MessagePad 2000 (reviewed in TidBITS 379), but comes with an additional 3 MB of DRAM for a total of 4 MB DRAM, helping users keep multiple programs launched. Although the Newton 2100 represents an incrementally nicer Newton, it doesn't break new ground. A comparison of the data sheets available on Apple's Newton Web site shows that only extremely subtle changes further differentiate the 2100 from the 2000. Through 30-Apr-97 or while supplies last, Message Pad 2000 owners can upgrade by sending their MessagePads to Apple for a memory upgrade, new software, and other goodies (such as a 2 MB flash RAM card while supplies last). If you purchase a MessagePad 2000 before 07-Nov-97, the upgrade costs $99; $199 otherwise. Apple anticipates completing an upgrade two to five days after receiving a unit. News of a new Newton is positive, but we are concerned about a rumour on Macintouch, noting layoffs of up to 30 percent of the Newton work force.
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.
- MessagePad 2000: New Newton Exceeds Expectations (12 May 97)