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.
Mark Anbinder reports on Apple's latest addition to the PowerBook family, the PowerBook 150, along with Apple's new 15" monitor and new keyboard. FullWrite makes the news with an Internet mailing list and a long-awaited upgrade, StuffIt Expander and DropStuff go back for a quick fix, and Roy McDonald of Connectix takes us inside the process of porting RAM Doubler to the Power Macs.
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