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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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Overcome Password Frustrations with “Take Control of Your Passwords”

Instead of a big text write-up, we’re announcing Joe Kissell’s latest ebook, “Take Control of Your Passwords,” with a “Joe of Tech” comic from our friends Snaggy and Nitrozac, and a short intro video — it’s big fun!Show full article

VidBITS: Email Strategies of the TidBITS Staff

Watch (or listen) to the latest TidBITS staff roundtable to learn how some of our staffers deal with the massive amounts of email we all receive every day.Show full article

Kindle App Updates Demonstrate iOS App Store Flaw

Updating to version 3.6.1 of the Kindle app removed books from your device and marked them as New when you re-downloaded them from Amazon’s cloud. Fortunately, a quick 3.6.2 update fixed the issue. But why would this come up in the first place?Show full article

DataMan Pro Returns, Again, with Fewer Features

For those needing to track cellular data usage on the iPhone, DataMan Pro is back in the App Store, with an elegant new interface. The only problem? To satisfy Apple’s requirements, DataMan Pro can no longer track usage on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis — just monthly.Show full article

App.net Adds Freemium Option

The App.net microblogging and developer infrastructure service has added a free tier to give users a taste of what it can do without having to pony up $36 per year.Show full article

Napkin Offers a Fresh Take on Visual Communication

Napkin is a unique image annotation and diagramming app, but can it handle all of your visual communication needs?Show full article

TidBITS News 1.5: A Revolution in a Nutshell

To understand what’s new in the freeware TidBITS News app, we dive into the history of iOS.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 March 2013

Notable software releases this week include Scrivener 2.4, CrashPlan 3.5.2, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.5, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.9.5 — all apps that, coincidentally, we’ve covered in Take Control books.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 4 March 2013

We have lots of great outside articles for you to read this week, starting with a 4-minute interview with Adam Engst on Southern California’s KCRW radio station and a New Republic article that keys off a recent TidBITS staff roundtable. In other pieces, Rob Griffiths compares Siri and Google’s voice input technology, Dan Moren and Lex Friedman look into how iCloud silently drops some email on the floor, and the folks at Panic discover (with the help of a hacksaw) that a tiny computer resides inside Apple’s Lightning Digital AV Adapter. Apple also announced one billion downloads at iTunes U, and former Mac evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins Google’s Motorola group to advise on the future of smartphones.Show full article

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