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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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iPhoney Baloney Browser

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I don't have an iPhone. Nor do I have an iPod touch, which offers the same basic Web browsing features as the iPhone. But I still want to see what our Web sites look like on an iPhone, for obvious reasons. I'm sure I'm not alone, and there are plenty of Web designers out there tasked with developing sites that are at least readable on an iPhone, but whose managers won't actually spring for an iPhone or iPod touch.

Thanks to iPhoney, a new open source browser developed initially by Marketcircle, you too can browse the Web in the full 320 by 480 pixel glory of the iPhone. You can rotate the display by choosing Window > Rotate iPhone, and from the iPhoney application menu, you can choose the Web Kit user agent, the iPhone user agent, or a custom user agent (one of which might be necessary to convince your site to show you the iPhone-specific styles or content). Other than that, you can zoom in and out, enter new URLs, go back and forward, and view the source of the current page. It's pretty simple, but for checking how sites will display, iPhoney seems like the real thing.

And before you ask, no, it is not an iPhone simulator. It's just a Web browser that happens to look like the iPhone.


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