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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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Eudora -- Most TidBITS staff members use Eudora (we particularly love its features for filtering, redirecting, and personalities), and we last covered Eudora in TidBITS-405. TidBITS reader Steve Smith <jazzdj@worldnet.att.net> shares our enthusiasm; he wrote, "I just bought myself Eudora Pro 3.1.1 from [TidBITS sponsor] Cyberian Outpost (backorderd one day) for $29.95 + $5 shipping. I suppose now I need to buy Adam's Eudora Visual QuickStart book." Eudora Pro 4.0 will probably be out relatively soon, given that it's in public beta right now and that the Windows version of Eudora Pro 4.0 was just released.

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We haven't covered other possibilities recently, but Victor Guess <vguess@mysolution.com> recommended SpellTools from Newer Technologies, a $19.95 downloadable spelling checker with a 45-day trial period. Victor noted, "I appreciate SpellTools's capability to work with virtually any application that uses text. It is more than a just spelling checker. It will also normalize spaces and returns, remove > characters from email, count words, and UPPERCASE or lowercase a selection. It will also speak selections with a choice of voices and will add time, date or user defined text stamps. The only thing I miss is a function to strip leading spaces quickly. The SpellTools Normalize Spaces function removes multiple spaces, but it always leaves one."

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