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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 Results: 68K or Bust?! Plenty of people still use older Macs built using the 68000 processor line, ranging from the once-mighty Quadra and IIfx down to the SE/30, Mac Plus, and even the original 128K Mac. They make great low-volume servers, or secondary machines for word processing or email. But these days, most software requires a PowerPC-based Mac. So we asked, "If you still regularly use a 68K Macintosh, do you attempt to keep its software up-to-date?" The results were surprisingly balanced. Of the almost 1,100 responses, 26 percent don't use 68K Macs, while 24 percent of 68K users don't update the software at all, keeping their machines frozen in time. Of the remaining respondents, 26 percent update only a few key 68K programs, while the other 25 percent keep their software as up-to-date as possible. For more information on working with outdated software, see Matt Neuburg's article "Long Day's Journey into Night of the Living Dead Software" in TidBITS-494. [JLC]

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