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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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So Long 2001, and Thanks for All the Fish

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So Long 2001, and Thanks for All the Fish -- It's been a long and unsettling year, but it's coming to a close with a holiday season that we hope is calm and restful for everyone. As always, my sincere thanks to the people who make TidBITS possible: Tonya, Geoff, Jeff, Matt, and Mark, our corporate sponsors and Internet hosts, those people who have contributed money directly to TidBITS, the writers whose articles we've published this year, the selfless volunteers who translate TidBITS into five languages, the many participants in TidBITS Talk, and most important, all our readers out there, without whom none of the rest would ever happen. Our next issue will appear 07-Jan-02, and barring further schedule changes or unforeseen travel difficulties, should contain coverage of Steve Jobs's Macworld Expo keynote. Let me leave you, then, with the hope that your holidays live up to all that you wish them to be. [ACE]

 

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