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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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Netscape 6 Preview

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Netscape 6 Preview -- Netscape Communications has released a preview version of Netscape 6, its forthcoming Internet application suite based in part on the open source Mozilla project - though we recommend it only for the most adventurous of Web users. Netscape 6 permits access to multiple email accounts (including AOL accounts) and boasts a customizable sidebar plus much-improved support for Internet standards like Cascading Style Sheets and XML. Netscape 6 doesn't resemble a Macintosh application - that could change with time - and demonstrates the results of Netscape's acquisition by AOL with near-frantic integration of specialized content and services. The Netscape 6 preview requires Mac OS 8.5 or better with at least a 200 MHz 604 processor; be prepared to allocate at least 25 MB of RAM to the behemoth. The active installer is less than 200K, while a standalone installer is about 10.6 MB. You might also check out recent discussions in TidBITS Talk of Netscape 6 and Mozilla 5. [GD]

<http://www.netscape.com/download/ previewrelease.html>
<ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape6/english/6 _PR1/mac/macos8.5/sea/>
<http://www.mozilla.org/>
<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tlkthrd=998+ 981>

 

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