MacNotables Podcast on Email Clients -- Few types of software engender the same level of loyalty as email clients. It makes some sense; an email program is the communications lifeline to the world for many of us, instant messaging notwithstanding, and we all end up with a lot of data - messages, addresses, carefully constructed folder hierarchies - in our email programs that would be difficult to transfer to another client. But at the same time, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence. Entourage just picked up Spotlight and Sync Services support that was previously enjoyed only by Mail users; Mailsmith has killer filtering capabilities; and Eudora offers a level of serious geekiness that many people swear by. If you're considering a switch to a new email program or just want some confirmation that your current program is the right one for your needs, tune in to the latest MacNotables podcast. In it, I, Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, and Chuck Joiner discuss what we like and don't like about our current email programs and others we've used, including Eudora, Mail, Entourage, PowerMail, Mailsmith, Gmail, and yes, even Elm. This was definitely one of my favorite episodes of MacNotables, so if you're at all interested in the world of email on the Mac, give it a listen.
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.