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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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Macworld Expo NY 2003 Events

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The official name appears to be "Macworld CreativePro Conference and Expo," so despite the waffling that was no doubt a result of heavy duty negotiations between Apple and IDG World Expo, we'll stick with calling the upcoming show "Macworld Expo" (but if we're feeling cranky we might revert to "the Conference Formerly Known as Macworld Expo"). Whatever the name or future location of the conference, for this year, it's show time in New York City in less than two weeks, from 16-Jul-03 through 18-Jul-03.

<http://www.macworldexpo.com/macworld2003/>

TidBITS Events -- I'll be attending the show and giving my usual complement of talks and other events. Please come by and say hello; meeting people is one of the best parts of trade shows.

  • For those in town early, you can find me at the Apple Store Soho in Manhattan at 6:30 PM Tuesday, July 15th. I'll be sharing iPhoto 2 tips and signing copies of my latest book, iPhoto 2 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide. If you are planning to come and have some time afterwards, check out TidBITS Talk for another special event.

<http://www.apple.com/retail/soho/>

  • On Wednesday, July 16th, at 10:45 AM, I'll be giving a Level 1 session entitled "Getting Started with iPhoto" in room 1E20 that will provide an overview of iPhoto 2 along with a variety of useful tips and tricks. Since I always run out of time to answer everyone's questions, I'll be continuing the iPhoto discussions and signing books at Peachpit's booth (#536) at 1:00 PM after a break for lunch.

<http://www.macworldexpo.com/macworld2003/V40/ conference/session.cvn?eID=138>

  • On Thursday, July 17th, at 10 AM, I'll be back at the Peachpit booth (#536) to answer any and all questions you may have about wireless networking and to sign copies of The Wireless Networking Starter Kit.

  • On Friday, July 18th, at 11 AM, come to the User Group Lounge in room 3D04 for a one hour discussion of TidBITS, the most interesting products of the show, and the Macintosh industry in general.

Netter's Dinner -- Despite this show's new focus on the creative professional, Al Tucker is forging ahead with the 6th Annual East Coast Macworld Netter's Dinner, to be held Wednesday, July 16th. People will start gathering at 6:00 PM near the statue in the lobby before walking over to the restaurant at 6:30. Preregistration via Kagi is required, so be sure to visit the Web page below for the link. See you there!

<http://avalon.rockefeller.edu/nettersdinner/>

 

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