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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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Poll Redux: Your Preferred Email Client

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Over four years ago, we ran a poll asking which program was your preferred email client. We've meant to run that poll again on a variety of occasions, and with the recent major releases of Entourage 2004 and PowerMail 5.0, and with Eudora jumping to version 6.1.1 and Apple Mail taking a small step to version 1.3.8, it's clearly time to revisit the question.

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We are, of course, also interested in the topic now that we've started to publish Take Control ebooks about some of the major email programs, including Tom Negrino's just-released "Take Control of What's New in Entourage 2004" and Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail." We've had requests for Take Control ebooks about other email programs as well, notably Eudora, but without knowing roughly how the usage percentages break down among the different programs, it's been hard to determine how many people would be aided by such books.

So tell us which Macintosh email program you primarily use by voting in the poll on our home page (depending on your screen size, you may need to scroll down to see the poll form). Judging from the popularity of the previous poll on this topic, our poll server may have trouble dealing with a rush of simultaneous votes; try later in the week if you have trouble. Also, this poll suffered from serious ballot box stuffing last time, as fans of one program or another encouraged people on other lists to come and vote. Please don't do that this time, since it skews the results horribly, as we saw by the then-obsolete Cyberdog's 17 percent response rate.

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