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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.

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New AirPort USB Printer Compatibility List

New AirPort USB Printer Compatibility List -- Unfortunately, Apple no longer publishes a list of USB printers that are compatible with the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Stations (those models include a USB port that turns the base station into a print server for any computer on your wireless network)Show full article

EU iTunes Music Store Correction

EU iTunes Music Store Correction -- In last week's issue, we erroneously wrote that Ireland was the only European Union nation not included in Apple's rollout of its EU iTunes Music Store (see "Apple Intros iPod Photo, iPod U2, and Euro iTMS" in TidBITS-753)Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: iMove from MaxUpgrades Winners

DealBITS Drawing: iMove from MaxUpgrades Winners -- Congratulations to Marie Smolnik of yahoo.com and David Stoler of sbcglobal.net, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each will receive an iMove positioning table from MaxUpgrades, worth $149Show full article

Mac OS X 10.3.6 Improves Networking, Application Reliability

On 05-Nov-04, Apple released Mac OS X 10.3.6, a free update to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The update includes a new version of the Safari Web browser that will no longer stop trying to load a Web page or submit a form after 60 seconds, but will instead keep trying until the user cancels the attemptShow full article

Singing with the Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/08-Nov-04

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster. Voice Recognition Dictation Software for the Mac -- What options are currently available for voice dictation on the Mac? Readers share their experiencesShow full article

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