Adobe Rejects Quark Buyout Offer -- Last week Quark, Inc. made public its desire to purchase Adobe Systems, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The privately held Quark made an offer to Adobe management, although Adobe claims that Quark did not make a bona fide offer, but sent only "unsolicited letters." [I wonder if that counts as spam? -Adam] Adobe refused Quark's advances, and Quark is now hoping to open a new dialog with Adobe or pursue the possibility of a hostile takeover. Although Adobe is much larger - with 1997 revenues of $911.9 million compared to Quark's $200 million - its stock is at a yearly low, and the company is undergoing restructuring. Quark, maker of the desktop publishing application QuarkXPress, said that it would likely divest Adobe of PageMaker, QuarkXPress's main competition, as well as other products that could raise flags with industry regulators. [JLC]
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.