Karelia Updates to Watson 1.7 -- Karelia has released Watson 1.7, the latest version of their innovative program for viewing Web-based content in a clean custom interface. Along with a tool for searching the Epicurious database of recipes, Watson 1.7 includes a SiteSearch tool that helps you access the search engines of individual Web sites via their Sherlock plug-ins. A number of Sherlock plug-ins are included, and you can add more. Other small improvements include the move to "combo boxes" that let you enter new terms or choose from the last 12 entered, user-configurable font settings, and additional categories in the PriceGrabber tool. Watson 1.7 is a free upgrade for registered users; new copies cost $30. It's a 1.8 MB download. [ACE]
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.