Communicator 4.61 Adds Stronger Encryption -- Netscape Communications has posted version 4.61 of Netscape Communicator, adding 56-bit DES ciphers for the U.S. and export versions, an updated AOL Instant Messenger 2.0, and various bug fixes. Contrary to the release notes, this version contains RealNetworks' RealPlayer 5.0, not RealPlayer G2; also missing is Apple's QuickTime browser plug-in. A version supporting 128-bit encryption is also available for U.S. and Canadian citizens. (See "Netscape Communicator 4.6 Available" in TidBITS-481.) According to Netscape, some printing problems introduced in version 4.6 are not resolved in the current release, as they require an architectural change in the program's printing model. Netscape 4.61 requires Mac OS 7.6.1 or later and a PowerPC-based system. [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.
- Netscape Communicator 4.6 Available (17 May 99)