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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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Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 5.0.1, an update to the commercial version of their high-powered text editor. In addition to a handful of bug fixes to the recently released BBEdit 5.0 (see "HTML Enhancements Highlight BBEdit 5.0" in TidBITS 454), BBEdit 5.0.1's function scanner now supports JavaScript (whether embedded in an HTML document or in a standalone file), offers additional support for inserting include files and placeholder tags, improves image tag updating, and adds a selection of HTML-oriented scripting commands as well as a generous selection of tweaks and minor feature enhancements. Owners of BBEdit 5.0 can download the 1 MB update for free from Bare Bones's Web site or a number of mirror sites.

 

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