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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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A Few Updates from Apple

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A Few Updates from Apple -- During our brief break, Apple released a number of small but potentially important updates, all of which should show up in Software Update.

Mac OS 9 versions of the iMac (2.3 MB) and Power Mac (2.5 MB) SuperDrive Update appeared, providing necessary compatibility with new 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media. If you have a SuperDrive, make sure you have the appropriate updates.

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Also released was the Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.4.8 for the Power G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors). It improves fan control behavior and reduces high-speed fan cycling under Mac OS 9. Most notable about this firmware update, though, is that you can install it under Mac OS X, something which hasn't previously been possible and which played a role in the shoddy engineering that resulted in some iMacs being rendered inoperable by the Jaguar installer. It's a 1.2 MB download.

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Lastly, Security Update 2002-11-21 fixes some potential vulnerabilities in BIND, the domain name server that's included with, but not turned on in, Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. If you're not using BIND (or don't know what it is), this 4.7 MB security update isn't particularly important, but there's no harm in installing it. [ACE]

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