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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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Sundial

Sundial looks like a perfect gift for one Mac friend I know. It replaces the desktop pattern with a scenic picture. So? That picture changes with the time of day! Their Web site has small QuickTime movies to show the effect. [I have to admit, of all the suggestions here, Sundial really caught my attention - I'm a sucker for unusual utilities. -Adam] [John Crossley <crossley@gvn.net>]

<http://www.jna.com/sundial.html>

Custom Screensavers

My choice is a $25 FaceSaver screensaver from Ultimate Software. I sent my wife's favorite photo of her and her daughter to Ultimate and she now has a color screen saver which delights her every day. [Frank Manuel <manuel@cs.sfu.ca>]

<http://www.avalon.net/~ultim8/personal.html>

Hubris Software offers a similar services for a similar price with MOSS, or My Own Screen Saver. Hubris Software's Web site offers a clever hint request Web form that allows you to send an anonymous hint to someone else. [ACE]

<http://www.gardencity.net/hubris/moss/>

Michelle Sund <sund@nosc.mil> suggests yet another alternative.

Last year I saw that Price Costco would make a customized screen saver using a dozen photos for about $10. Since I didn't have a scanner at the time, I took some of the best shots from our recent trips to Yellowstone and Yosemite and had Price Costco do the work. I gave the screen saver to my husband last year as a Christmas gift. He loved it! I think that the photo service at Staples (Konica perhaps?) will actually make a screen saver at the time you develop your film. I wonder if they just scan the completed photos, or if perhaps they do it in another way that gives better resolution? So, that's my idea! Something to remind us there is life away from our computers!

Interfacelifts

For those who would like to give a better look to someone's Mac as a gift, I offer the following two suggestions. First, you must try the $20 shareware Kaleidoscope 1.0. It comes with a whole selection of color schemes, plus icons and other visual enhancements. For those who want even more icons, the iconfactory has a great selection of well done, free icons along various themes. [Marc Long <knightwork@aol.com>]

<http://www.novaproj.org/~kobe/interface/ kaleidoscope/>
<http://www.iconfactory.com/>

Seeing the World in Color

How about a color monitor for those of us still slaving away in front of grayscale or monochrome PowerBook? I love my 5300, but couldn't afford a color screen when I bought it. Plugging one into the back would be the next best thing. [Especially since using the Web without color is almost impossible. -Adam]. I'm leaving this message on the screen so my wife will see it! [Doug Hormann <hormann@hevanet.com>]

 

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