"Real World Mac OS X Fonts" Encapsulates Font Ebooks -- Summer disappeared all too quickly for us this year, in part because of a major project we were working on to convert Sharon Zardetto Aker's "Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X" and "Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X" into a print volume. We're pleased to announce that "Real World Mac OS X Fonts" is now available from Peachpit Press (and thus from all your favorite purveyors of print books, though if you buy it from our site, we and Sharon make a few cents more through Amazon's affiliate program). The text in "Real World Mac OS X Fonts" is nearly identical to the contents of the ebooks, with small redundancies between the two ebooks removed and a few minor things updated; we also moved from our Take Control layout to the full-color design of Peachpit's highly regarded Real World series. That's the series that graphics and design professionals turn to for the most detailed information about topics ranging from Photoshop and InDesign to color management and print production. "Real World Mac OS X Fonts" fits in perfectly with the rest of those professional-strength titles, so if you've been thinking about buying the ebooks but would prefer to read on paper, check it out.
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.
Take Control News/09-Oct-06
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