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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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The Normal Person’s Guide to the Heartbleed Vulnerability

The Heartbleed bug that exposes memory on vulnerable servers to attackers is one of the worst security problems ever to hit the Internet. Adam Engst and security analyst Rich Mogull explain what Heartbleed is, what it means for normal Internet users, and what you can do to protect yourself (unfortunately, not much at the moment).Show full article

Sit Up Straight for the Roost Laptop Stand

The Roost laptop stand resembles scaffolding more than the typical slabs available to raise your portable computer, but its light weight and compact storage hide a sturdy lift.Show full article

Use Your iPod touch or iPad as an iPhone

Tired of your expensive cellular bill? You can break free with an iPad or iPod touch and still make phone calls and send text messages, but there are a few catches.Show full article

Impressions of a Macworld Newbie… 2014 Edition

2014 marked the 30th year of Macworld Expo, but the first visit by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. How does it compare to previous Managing Editor Jeff Carlson’s first visit in 1997?Show full article

FunBITS: FTL: Faster Than Light Moves to iPad

Josh Centers jumps back into FTL, the unforgiving, roguelike space simulator, to see how it fits on the iPad and to give a quick look of what’s new in the Advanced Edition expansion for all the platforms on which FTL runs.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14 April 2014

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.4, PCalc 4, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2, and BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 14 April 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we have a profile of legendary Macintosh icon artist Susan Kare and recollections of Steve Jobs from Don Melton, the creator of Safari. Microsoft poked a bit of fun at itself with an Escape from XP game, NPR has arrived on iTunes Radio, and a former Apple Genius tells you how to maximize your iPhone’s battery life without turning off every feature. Finally, Managing Editor Josh Centers was interviewed on the Ask TUAW Live and The Tech Night Owl podcasts.Show full article

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