TidBITS Moves to digital.forest -- In honor of our 512th (29) issue of TidBITS, we're announcing a new home for our primary Internet servers, which have spent the last few years at POPCO in Seattle. The move was prompted by POPCO moving their servers to a new location, and we'd like to thank Glenn Fleishman and then Scotty Carreiro of POPCO for hosting our servers for so long. Our servers now live at digital.forest, a Macintosh-centric FileMaker and Web hosting service run by Chris Kilbourn, a long-time Internet and Macintosh friend. Frankly, we were stunned by digital.forest's data center - we've never seen so many Macs of all shapes, sizes, and colors in earthquake-proof rack mounts, each of which was served by a cart that held a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Chris cut custom Ethernet cables to run along the tracks to our two servers, and the machines plugged into intelligent power strips that can be toggled automatically by way of scripts controlled by Maxum's PageSentry monitoring software. It's an impressive setup, and we've been extremely happy so far. If you're looking for Mac-based Web or FileMaker hosting, or if you want to co-locate a Macintosh server on a high-speed Internet connection, I strongly encourage you to check out digital.forest. [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.
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