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.
Many of us simply can't be separated from our Macintoshes - but some people routinely take Newtons places Macs only dream about! In this issue, physician Ron Risley details how he's made his Newton MessagePad an indispensable part of his personal and professional life. We also have news about BBEdit Lite 4.1, Iomega driver updates, a French TidBITS mailing list, and a new book about some of Apple's more whimsical products: t-shirts.
No TidBITS Next Week -- TidBITS will be taking a bit of a breather next week, so you won't see our next issue until 09-Mar-98. In part, we're taking a break because we're operating with about half our usual staff, but the time should also allow us to catch up on a bunch of administrative and other behind-the-scenes tasksShow full article
French Mailing List Available -- Thanks to the assiduous efforts of the French translation team, a separate mailing list is now available for people who want to receive TidBITS issues via email in FrenchShow full article
Eyes on Iomega -- Iomega Corporation has released version 5.5.1 of its Iomega software, a 2.45 MB download which includes a disk driver system extension for Zip and Jaz drives, Iomega Guest (which loads the disk driver into RAM so the device can be used without installing the extension), plus associated utilities, help files, and documentationShow full article
BBEdit Lite 4.1 Gains Weight -- Bare Bones Software's freeware text editor BBEdit Lite isn't as light as you might expect. BBEdit Lite 4.1 was released this week, featuring a number of low-level improvements that make this powerful application a close cousin to the feature-laden commercial BBEdit 4.5Show full article
Personal Web Sharing -- Though it's been somewhat overlooked in recent hoopla regarding Apple and Claris, Apple recently released Personal Web Sharing 1.5, an update to the small-footprint Web server that ships as part of Mac OS 8Show full article
When I went to my first World Wide Developer Conference, I was advised to leave a lot of extra room in my suitcase for t-shirts. Having been an intern at Apple in the Netherlands a few years earlier, I didn't laugh at that advice, but I still came home with one more suitcase than anticipatedShow full article
[Ron, a resident physician, uses a Newton to stay on top of the innumerable details that swarm through his life. We asked him to relate how he uses his PDA in the real world, and to share specifics on how he's customized his Newton MessagePadShow full article