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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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MobileMe Oh My (or, Apple Breaks Record in Making My Book Obsolete)

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In early 1997, my second book (co-authored with David McKee) was published. The topic: Cyberdog. If you have no idea what Cyberdog was, don't worry - it's immaterial. All you need to know is that at almost exactly the time my book came out, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, and one of his first official actions was to kill Cyberdog, along with its OpenDoc parent project. Less than three months after my book hit the shelves, my contact at Apple informed me that, unfortunately, Cyberdog was being discontinued and I shouldn't count on any further book sales.

Well, as I feared (see "Updated .Mac Book to Require Major Find-and-Replace?," 2008-05-30), Apple has now outdone themselves by making my latest book - "Take Control of .Mac" - somewhat obsolete in a mere two weeks! As it turns out, the new MobileMe service announced today at WWDC (for details, see ".Mac Morphs into MobileMe," 2008-06-09), is scheduled to replace .Mac in early July! Gee, thanks, Apple! Grrrrr.

And it wouldn't merely be a matter of having to do a fancy find-and-replace to update the book, either. To be sure, some MobileMe features will be similar to those already existing in .Mac (Web-based email, photo galleries, and iDisk, for example). But the new service does away with the tedious and error-prone process of syncing that I labored so hard to describe, in favor of a new push-based mechanism for updating your personal information on various Internet-connected devices. In addition, all those paragraphs complaining about things like .Mac's inability to update calendars online and its 10 GB limit on file storage are moot, and all the cool new features have yet to be described.

I spoke to Take Control editor-in-chief Tonya Engst on the phone today, and we agreed that we'll need at least a day or two to think through our options, review our schedules, and figure out what to do next in terms of Take Control coverage for MobileMe. If you currently have a copy of "Take Control of .Mac," click the Check for Updates link on the cover later this week; we'll post information there about our plans as they evolve.

 

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