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.
Gil Amelio announces a sweeping reorganization of Apple Computer, and Apple announces a contest for the best Mac-built pages on the Web. Also, check out details on why you aren't seeing PowerBooks on store shelves, plus information on repair programs for Performas, a new CompuServe client for Newton 2.0, and TableWorks, a new WYSIWYG HTML table editor. Finally we round out the issue with news about an online course on cyberspace law, and a brief essay on being an Internet provider in a time of flood.
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