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.
Communications upgrades fill this issue, with a letter about how the ARA server 2.0 won't work on a Mac Plus and articles by Mark Anbinder on a minor upgrade to CE's QuickMail Server and a major upgrade to the popular FirstClass BBS program. Readers explain in detail how MTBF testing works, and we pass on a warning about how MacInTax might be calculating your taxes.
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Jack Mello reported his frustrating experience after updating a Mac Plus from ARA 1.0 to 2.0 and attempting to configure the settings: "This caused the machine to give me a Finder errorShow full article
We commented last week that we didn't know how that increasingly large mean time between failure (MTBF) number is calculated for hard drives. Luckily, the beauty of having so many knowledgeable readers (and a few comedians) is that we receive good answers to such questions. Luca Accomazzi suggests helpfully: I may have an answer about how to determine a MTBF of 500,000 hoursShow full article
Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Late last month, CE Software, Inc. announced a new release of its QuickMail electronic mail server software, version 2.6v2Show full article
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Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Better late than never, say owners of Soft-Arc's FirstClass messaging software. SoftArc shipped the long-awaited FirstClass 2.5 at the end of March, making it available to existing customers immediately on SoftArc Online, their own FirstClass serverShow full article