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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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Feel the Buzz -- Joel Smith <joel@firstsoftware.co.uk> writes about an electrifying subject: using power transmission lines for data access.

For background, according to the November 1997 issue of The Seybold Report on Internet Publishing, European and Southeast Asian power grids have an advantage over the U.S. in their use of a higher voltage. In the U.S., 110-volt power distribution to individual homes is more granular; about 10 houses are served by each final transformer, requiring more equipment to reach the end user digitally and causing more attenuation which makes it harder to encode information. In the UK, however, hundreds of households can be served their 220 volts from a single distribution point.

Also of note is that European grids have fiber-optic lines running to most of the transformers, installed years ago for monitoring the network. This is not true in the U.S. Predictions on throughput range from 500 Kbps to 1 Mbps, or something close to ADSL and cable modem speeds.

Joel writes:

There is a consortium (which includes NorTel) that has developed technology to enable 1 Mbps connections to the Internet over the electricity network. Obviously all the cabling is in place, and the system is now in trials in the northwest of England. There will be no dial-up costs, so it will be like having a leased line into your home for a fraction of the cost. It appears poised to blow cable modems out of the water, especially in the UK where there is such low cable coverage.

<http://www.nortel.com/home/press/1997d/ 10_8_ 9797389_Norweb.html>

 

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