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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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BBEdit 7.0.3 Squashes Bugs

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BBEdit 7.0.3 Squashes Bugs -- Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 7.0.3, a minor but worthwhile update to their powerful text and HTML editing software. Along with a number of bug fixes (see the full release notes for a complete list), BBEdit 7.0.3 provides a new option in the "Text Files: Opening" preference panel that optionally links character set encoding to the HTML or XML character set of the file. (Being able to turn that option off should let BBEdit open documents which contain data that can't be correctly represented - something we do daily here at TidBITS!) BBEdit 7.0.3 also works around a limitation in Macromedia Dreamweaver MX so non-ASCII characters can correctly be passed back and forth to BBEdit, and turns off the default application preference for QuickTime playback to permit BBEdit to open items (such as .m3u and SMIL files) that QuickTime considers its own. Two other improved features: there's a new HTML placeholder for inserting the short user name in Mac OS X, and the Close Current Tag command is a bit smarter. The BBEdit 7.0.3 update is free to registered users and is a 15.1 MB download. [ACE]

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