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David Koff is a technology expert who began programming his Apple II+ computer as an eleven-year-old boy. As a grown man, he was the lead Apple Systems Engineer for over seven years at The Getty Center in Los Angeles where he was responsible for simultaneously managing over 300 Macintosh computers and scripting in Unix. He’s a regular contributor to MacTech Magazine and has been featured as a speaker at the yearly MacTech Conference. His writings have appeared on such blogs as The Inertia, GigaOm, Message to America, and The Mac Dweeb, and he has sold a screenplay to Fox Family films. As a professional actor and comedian, he’s been featured in numerous commercials and popular TV shows including “The West Wing” and “Sesame Street.” He’s also a member of several improv comedy troupes, including Fake Radio, LA’s Premier Old-Time-Radio Comedy Troupe.

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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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