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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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Rdio to Shut Down, Assets to Be Acquired by Pandora

Music streaming service Rdio has announced that it’s filing for bankruptcy and will be shutting down. The company hasn’t announced exactly what this means for customers yet, but Adam Engst offers one solution for extracting the list of your favorite tracks from the service.

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