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.
Thinking about buying a Mac? Your options are about to expand as longtime Mac hardware vendor APS enters the clone arena. Also this week, details on using Netscape 3.0 with older Macs, an unsupported method for installing parts of System 7.5.3 under System 7.5.5, Maxum's TagBuilder HTML authoring add-on, and a follow-up on why products may not be mentioned in published articles. Finally, Adam offers a detailed look at Intermind Communicator, a product aiming to change the nature of online communication.
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My article in TidBITS-346 about why products may not be mentioned in articles prompted some additional suggestions and a few queries worth addressing. Tom Negrino writes with a reason that no one has accused me of yet: Surprisingly, you neglected the reason for ignoring a product that stuns me the most when I'm accused of it: "You're being bought off by Apple / Microsoft / Adobe / Joe's Software Company not to mention a product." As I said to my girlfriend last month when Apple was delivering the usual load of gold bullion onto the front porch, "I can't believe that some people question the journalistic integrity in the Mac business!" OyShow full article
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