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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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Anarchie Updated, Renamed to Interarchy 3.8

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Anarchie Updated, Renamed to Interarchy 3.8 -- Stairways Software today released a significant update to their popular shareware FTP client Anarchie. In the process, Stairways decided to rename Anarchie to Interarchy and to use Interarchy as the company's new identity after failing to recover the anarchie.com domain from a cybersquatter. Interarchy 3.8 supports FTP listing, upload, download, and mirroring; HTTP listing, download, and mirroring; Whois, Finger, and DNS lookups; traceroutes; and TCP, ICMP, and UDP tests. Interarchy can also show the status of your network, watch all network traffic on your Mac, and display a list of all current connections. Finally, Interarchy now offers daemons (tiny servers) for Finger, Whois, TCP echo, UDP echo, Ident, Daytime, Time, and NTP (all turned on with the Safe Daemons menu item), along with a Telnet daemon that accepts and executes AppleScript scripts. They're all off by default. Most interesting, however, are Interarchy's skin-like "wands," which are totally customizable graphical interfaces to Interarchy's functionality. To give you an idea how a wand could be useful, I'm planning to make one that helps me troubleshoot Internet connectivity problems with buttons for ping and traceroute tests to my various servers. Overall, Interarchy 3.8 is a powerful and flexible collection of Internet tools that feels haphazard initially; it remains to be seen if Interarchy's wands will succeed at establishing order. Interarchy 3.8 is a 3.9 MB download and costs $50 shareware, but it's free to users of Anarchie 3.x (it picks up your existing serial number) and to registered users of the Stairways shareware programs Interarchy supersedes. [ACE]

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