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.
Plenty of MailBITS about happenings in the computer industry lead off the issue, including important notes about Photoshop 3.0 and Apple's announcement of new PowerPC-based Performa models. Solitaire Till Dawn 2.0 just came out with fifteen new games, plans for the second annual WWW conference unfold, Tonya announces her Word 6 Starter Kit, and the issue draws to a close with the first part of an article discussing Internet firewalls.
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Glenn Fleishman writes to tell us that Adobe has joined two other companies whose names start with A (Apple, with LaserWriter 8.0, and Aladdin, with StuffIt Expander 3.5) in releasing a product without removing code that made the betas expireShow full article
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