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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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MacBook Air Loses Hard Drive and Debuts at $999

A pair of revised MacBook Air models are the result of a “hookup” between a Mac and an iPad, Steve Jobs says. The new MacBook Air comes in two sizes and starts at $999. All models sport solid-state memory for faster performance, lighter weight, and longer battery life.Show full article

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Regain the Timeline in iMovie ’11

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Apple Reports $4.31 Billion Profit for Q4 2010

Apple Q4 earnings call causes shock and awe, and includes a surprise appearance from Steve Jobs.Show full article

Yojimbo 3.0 Gains Scanning and iPad App

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Don’t listen for the roar, since we won’t be seeing Mac OS X Lion until the middle of 2011, but Apple has pulled back the curtains on its cage just enough to give us a preview of some of the features that will be coming. Think iOS.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25 October 2010

Notable software releases this week include Cyberduck 3.7, Firefox 3.6.11, Aperture 3.1 and ProKit Update 6.0, and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 and 10.5 Update 8.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 25 October 2010

Our review copy of iPhoto ’11 hasn’t yet arrived, but we felt it was important to warn about a potential bug in the program that could erase photos—make backups! Also, if you haven’t yet had your fill of analysis of the Apple announcements, listen in to Adam’s interview on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast. And finally, want to turn a Mac into a Mac-O-Lantern for Halloween? Read on!Show full article

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