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.
Apple is announcing new products this week, but not until Tuesday (be sure to check the TidBITS site for full coverage). In the meantime, we have a feast of Mac news and features, starting with Matt Neuburg's look at why you may want to spend more time with the new LaunchBar 4.3. Adam finally unloads some old hardware using Freecycle, and Glenn Fleishman was last seen playing Bejeweled on his iPhone, oblivious to all else. We also note Microsoft Office 2008 living up to its name by slipping until January, but at the same time the company released a beta of Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) Client 2.0 and a new beta of its XML converters for Windows Office 2007 files. A heap of software updates also passed our desks this week: Security Update 2007-007, Safari 3.0.3 beta, iPhone 1.0.1, AirPort Extreme Update 2007-004, and iTunes 7.3.2 from Apple; Fusion 1.0 from VMware; The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0 from Mark/Space; and BBEdit 8.7 from Bare Bones. Lastly, it has finally happened: Fake Steve Jobs has been unmasked.
A trio of security updates block a variety of problems in Mac OS X, Safari 3, and the iPhone, underscoring the shared code between Mac OS X and the iPhone, and between the Mac and Windows versions of Safari.Show full article
Apple releases an update for AirPort Extreme on certain Intel-based Macs but provides no useful details.Show full article
Apple releases a new version of iTunes, once again without specifying what changed, although there is some speculation that it's related to the iPhone.Show full article
VMware Fusion 1.0 is out of beta and now available in final form with both some unique features and a few remaining limitations.Show full article
Office 2008 for the Mac will ship in mid-January 2008 in the United States, a delay from the previous date in the second half of 2007.Show full article
Microsoft releases betas of the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 and the Office Open XML File Format Converter. Show full article
BBEdit 8.7 improves text factories, AppleScript, file groups, disk browsers, and both Python and Lua language support.Show full article
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0 adds support for Windows Mobile 6 devices, video transfer and playback, and call and SMS logging for access on the Mac.Show full article
Investigative reporter Brad Stone of the New York Times finally does what had eluded so many for so long: he uncovers the mystery of the Fake Steve Jobs.Show full article
An iPhone version of the Bejeweled game accessed via the Web, is sure to sap even the most productive worker.Show full article
LaunchBar 4.3 makes our favorite launcher even better with Instant Open and Instant Send, along with oodles of other neat tweaks.Show full article
Get rid of elderly but still functional hardware by posting a note to your local Freecycle list.Show full article
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