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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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SpeechPrompter

As a gift for the public speaker or lecturer - including any businessman, academic, or scientist who goes to meetings - think of SpeechPrompter. It's a software program that emulates a teleprompter on a laptop computer and allows the user to show graphics such as slides and movies to the audience while the speech scrolls for the speaker. The program is available both for Mac and for Windows, and it can save a bundle on making 35 mm slides. SpeechPrompter lists for $89.95 and can be ordered via the Web. [Al Feldzamen <bpill@swva.net>]

<http://www.the-orator.com/>

Nisus Writer and a Newton

For my sister - a fellow Mac user - I'm getting the new Nisus Writer 5.0 (and I'm looking forward to seeing it in action too!). Me? I wish someone would get me a Newton MessagePad 2000 when they finally appear, hopefully bundled with a Newton version of FileMaker Pro. [Ala'a H. Jawad <aljawad@kuwait.net>]

<http://www.nisus-soft.com/5.0_features.html>

Zip and Jaz Drives

The best gift for 1996 remains the Zip drive - it's affordable, easily installable, and comes with back-up software that every Mac aficionado ought to run on a regular basis. For those on your gift list who already own a Zip drive, then a gift set of cartridges would be indeed be appreciated. Of course, if someone wants to give me a gift, I'd love a Jaz drive. [<glantz@pcbuoa.enet.dec.com>]

<http://www.iomega.com/>

Cyberian Outpost is offering TidBITS readers deals on the Zip drive ($189.95, $5 off, and there's a $50 rebate), the Jaz drive ($489.95, $8 off), and single Jaz disks ($117.95, $5 off) via the URLs below.

<http://www.tidbits.com/products/zip-drive.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/products/jaz-drive.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/products/jaz-disk.html>

 

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