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.
Other articles in the series Will Hack For Food!
- Adieu ADHOC (01 Aug 05)
- ADHOC 2004: Some Old, Some New, Continued Success (26 Jul 04)
- The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2003 (23 Jun 03)
- The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2002 (01 Jul 02)
- The MacHax Hack Contest 2001 (25 Jun 01)
- The MacHack Hack Contest 1999 (12 Jul 99)
- Moof on the Hoof: MacHack '98 (06 Jul 98)
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