"Take Control of Buying a Mac" Updated -- The last Macworld Expo in San Francisco saw the release of the Mac mini, and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference last month brought us the news that Apple would be transitioning the Macintosh to use CPUs from Intel in place of IBM's PowerPC chip. I've now updated my "Take Control of Buying a Mac" ebook to take account of these important events. The update also builds the Mac mini into the buying discussions; updates details that have changed since the previous update; and includes information about Apple's Government Stores as a way for U.S. local, state, and federal government employees to buy Macs at a discount. Those who have purchased the ebook may access the free update by clicking the Check for Updates button on the cover of the ebook; for anyone who hasn't yet bought a copy, it's $5 and includes a coupon worth $5 off any order at Small Dog Electronics, making the book free if you buy through Small Dog.
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.