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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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Paperless Office Quote -- A search for the origin of a quote on the "paperless office" sparks discussion about whether we'll ever stop working with so many dead trees. (23 messages)

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Dial-Up Router -- What wireless options are available when your only Internet connection is via dial-up modem? We look at a few routers that incorporate modems. (2 messages)

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Power Outlets in Airports -- Adam's article bemoaning the lack of power outlets in airports prompts suggestions for working around the problem. (4 messages)

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Power in the wild -- Uninterruptible power supplies can help provide power when working in the field (for charging camera batteries, for example), but some models are more configurable than others. (4 messages)

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OmniGraffle vs. other diagramming programs -- Matt Neuburg's recent look at OmniGraffle makes some readers wonder how it compares to similar tools. (9 messages)

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iWeb '06 install issue -- A problem that we ran into while installing the iWeb 1.0.1 update appears to be related to how Apple's installer is determining which applications are running. (4 messages)

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OmniGraffle vs Mail.app -- Apple's Mail application sometimes mistakenly opts to save attachments within Finder bundles. (4 messages)

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