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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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Poll Preview: Rumor with a View -- As you'll read below, Apple last week filed a lawsuit against an unknown individual to prevent future leaks of confidential information. This move follows on the heels of Adobe's lawsuit against MacNN, although Apple's going after the source of the leak, not the sites that published the rumors. Consumers and industry watchers love to know what products might be coming, but leaks can prove financially damaging to Apple and other companies when consumers defer purchases of current products - and the financial health of these companies directly impacts their ability to make products users want and need. Our question then is, "Do you believe the value to consumers of information published on rumor sites outweighs the potential damage it does to the companies involved?" This is a serious question that reflects directly on issues surrounding consumer advocacy and the Macintosh community, so please, tell us where you fall in this debate by voting on our home page. [ACE]

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