Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

Visit Mac Production Artist Tips and Scripts

Submitted by
Greg Ledger

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/16-Apr-07

Send Article to a Friend


Leopard delayed until October -- What are people's thoughts about Apple's delay in getting Leopard out the door? (35 messages)


Google calendar/OSX contextual menu -- An update to Google's Gmail Notifier adds a contextual menu item for Google Calendar. How does one get rid of it, and does Google's quiet inclusion demonstrate that the company is actually capable of evil? (2 messages)


Spotlight enhancements -- You can access Spotlight search queries via the command line that don't appear in Spotlight's interface; Matt Neuburg's NotLight utility makes them easier to use. (4 messages)


Google "Driving" Directions -- Google's maps demonstrate that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line; don't let that little ocean dissuade you from driving from New York to Paris. (10 messages)


Online Backup Options Expand -- Following Joe Kissell's article on the current field of online backup services, readers note a few other services that they like. (5 messages)

 

Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS!
Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of
savvy, committed Apple users who actually buy stuff.
More information: <http://tidbits.com/advertising.html>