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.
It's our final email issue of 2009, and we're going out with a bang: a 50%-off sale on all Take Control ebooks. We also have lots of great articles, including news of the Google Chrome for Mac beta, problems with 27-inch iMac screens, details of Apple's new Mac Pro and Xserve configurations, and a look at training for MacSpeech Dictate that's offered by experts with disabilities. Rich Mogull returns this week to calm fears about the last issue of TidBITS triggering badly written anti-spam filters and to worry that his continued reliance on the still-broken iCal Server is evidence of a mental disorder. Oh, and you simply must watch this YouTube video Adam found; it's a mashup of Internet documentary talking heads sounding utterly absurd. Equally odd are some of the examples of dual-display devices he researched recently. Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 3.0.1, Things 1.2.6, Keyboard Maestro 4.0, BusyCal 1.1, MacBook/MacBook Pro Optical Drive Firmware Updates, Camino 2.0.1, and AirPort Client Update 2009-002. See you in 2010!
We're taking the last two weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 4 January 2010. But we'll continue posting new articles to our Web site, and TidBITS Talk will also continue apace.Show full article
We're celebrating the holidays with a 50-percent-off sale on all our Take Control ebooks. It's a great opportunity to stock up on all sorts of helpful Mac and iPhone titles.Show full article
A year after the Windows version of Google's Web browser first appeared, a beta version of Google Chrome for Mac OS X has been released.Show full article
Reports of Apple's latest iMacs arriving with cracked screens and faulty displays have been circulating around the Web. Here's a look at the symptoms, suspected causes, and what you can do about it if you're affected.Show full article
Apple has added a handful of new Mac Pro and Xserve configurations which offer larger hard drive capacities, faster CPU speeds in the quad-core Mac Pro, and higher memory ceilings in the quad-core Xserve.Show full article
Tired of those talking head documentaries about how wonderful the Internet is? Tune in instead to this mashup of uncut documentary footage that has Internet luminaries sounding like utter lunatics.Show full article
Look at the TidBITS Watchlist widget in the upper right of our Web site to see how we've tweaked the way we present software updates to be individual items on our Web site while maintaining a collection of them in each email issue of TidBITS.Show full article
MacSpeech, Inc. and The Emergent Institute have partnered up to offer one-on-one training - given by people with disabilities - for the MacSpeech Dictate product family. Show full article
Some TidBITS readers' antivirus filters flagged TidBITS #1006 as being malicious, but a little research quickly exonerated our email issue, showing that the antivirus filter in question was instead badly designed.Show full article
If one display is good, wouldn't two be better? Maybe not, if you're talking about a laptop computer or ebook reading device, but that hasn't stopped various companies and researchers from coming up with a number of different ways of shoehorning a second display into a portable device.Show full article
After putting up with basic calendaring limitations that Apple failed to improve in Snow Leopard, Snow Leopard Server, and iPhone OS 3.0, Rich Mogull worries that his devotion to Apple server technologies may be indication of mental disorder.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 3.0.1, Things 1.2.6, Keyboard Maestro 4.0, BusyCal 1.1, MacBook/MacBook Pro Optical Drive Firmware Updates, Camino 2.0.1, and AirPort Client Update 2009-002.Show full article
Our reading was nearly all about mobile devices this week, with pointers to iPhone apps reviewing the events of the decade and allowing AT&T customers to report poor service, plus articles about the Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader and AT&T's plans to curtail heavy use of the iPhone data plan. Adam talked about iPhone GPS apps with Andy Ihnatko and Chuck Joiner on MacNotables, and Andy also has a hilarious blog post revealing the Dragon Dictation app's prudishness. Finally, we note the fast approaching deadlines for iPhoto print products and explain how recent AirPort base stations have theoretically higher speeds.Show full article
Old Mac technology continues to be a focus for TidBITS Talk readers, as this week we discuss ways to use an aging HP scanner under Snow Leopard, installing Rosetta for Eudora, networking an old printer, and erasing a 1 GB SCSI hard disk (we like the hammer idea). Also this week, a look at iPhoto '09, comparing BusyCal and BusySync for synchronizing calendars, and a surprising discount on MobileMe in an Apple retail store.Show full article