Mailsmith Emerges from the Forge -- Bare Bones Software today announced the release of Mailsmith 1.0, the company's long-awaited email client program. Although the market for email programs would appear crowded, what with Emailer, Eudora, Netscape Communicator, Outlook Express, QuickMail Pro, and others, Mailsmith promises some unusual features. Mailsmith offers multi-threaded processing that enables it to send, receive, and filter mail while you continue to work; filters with multiple criteria and multiple actions; "fuzzy" searching; grep pattern matching in searches and filters; database-based mail storage; full OSA scripting and recording; and the essential text-editing features from BBEdit. Mailsmith has a suggested retail price of $79; existing BBEdit owners can purchase it for $59; and discounts are available for users of other email programs. A demo is available from the Bare Bones FTP site, which isn't currently accepting connections. [ACE]
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.
Published in TidBITS 428.
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Mailsmith Emerges from the Forge
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