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.
We continue with coverage of Macworld Expo, focussing this time on the seamy underside of the show. That's right, booth bimbos! Madonna's "Sex" it's not, but we also look at the rapidly growing crop of adult CD-ROMs. In more mundane Macworld news, we have an article on Apple's new printers and scanner, a short review of Now Up-to-Date 2.0, and clarifications of earlier articles on the IIvx and A/UX, the Video Toaster, and the FirstClass BBS deals.
SyQuest 3.5" Units -- Daniel Andresen sent this information about SyQuest drives: "I spoke with a SyQuest rep a Macworld Expo, and she confirmed that the 3.5" 105 MB SyQuest units would be out "within ninety days." She said only the IDE version was finished at this time, with the SCSI version to followShow full article
In an effort to clarify Mark's article on the incompatibility between the IIvx and Apple's Unix operating system, A/UX 3.0 (TidBITS-157), Pythaeus writes: The Mac IIvx does not run A/UX 3.0 for the same reason that System 6 does not run on the Quadra 700: the CPU was released long after the system software shipped, so the operating system (OS) can't possibly know about the addresses and capabilities of the new hardwareShow full article
Maury Markowitz of SoftArc writes: I saw the note about the FirstClass upgrade in TidBITS-157. I'd like to clarify my poorly written CompuServe statement. SoftArc has two pricing schemes for FirstClassShow full article
Matthew B Cravit writes: I noticed a comment in TidBITS-158 about the Video Toaster. You commented that it becomes an increasingly sophisticated and cool systemShow full article
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers Inc. Months ago, when Apple announced that the StyleWriter printers would be in short supply, some suspected Apple wouldn't manufacture more to meet the unexpected demand because it had a replacement waiting in the wingsShow full article
Those of you who have gone to Macworld have encountered the booth bimbo phenomenon. It's not a sexist phenomenon as such, applying equally to the pretty young men and women who work as scenery at various boothsShow full article
The last Expo in Boston was the first time we saw pornography seriously hit CD-ROM, with BodyCello displaying the first QuickTime adult movies. I wasn't surprised to see that, but this year a startling number of vendors hawked X-rated waresShow full article
I'm particular about calendar applications. I want complete power over repeating events, the ability to create to do items with varying levels of priority, non-modal reminders that won't interrupt my automated email procedures, and the ability to easily see what's coming up in the next week or soShow full article