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Arabic font problem in Indesign cs4

May 14, 2009 10:34 AM

I was using Indesign CS2 and just upgraded to CS4. I was heavily using "traditional arabic" font in CS2 without any problem.

 

For those who don't know, in arabic, each letter is represented differently according to its place inside a word. Almost all letters have 4 different forms, at the begining, in the middle at the end and alone.

 

After the upgrade I can insert only the letter at the begining form. I can clearly see all fonts in all forms in glpyhs table.

 

Any suggestion ?

 

Thank you

 
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    May 14, 2009 12:11 PM   in reply to zerimahbub

    Are you using CS4 ME or CS4 Roman?

     

    Harbs

    http://www.in-tools.com

     
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    May 14, 2009 12:55 PM   in reply to zerimahbub

    Is it CS4 ME (Middle Eastern) or not?

     

    Harbs

     
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    May 14, 2009 2:02 PM   in reply to zerimahbub

    It shouldn't be a problem in CS4 either. What language is set for the 

    Arabic?

     

    What are the Positional Forms settings?

     

    Harbs

     
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    May 15, 2009 12:25 AM   in reply to zerimahbub

    Yes. "Automatic" should be the correct setting.

     

    I have no experience with non-opentype Arabic fonts, and I'm a bit 

    surprised to hear that positional forms worked automatically on non-

    opentype fonts in CS2.

     

    Maybe someone with more Arabic experience will have more input here... 

    I'll ask.

     

    Harbs

     
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    May 15, 2009 3:27 AM   in reply to zerimahbub

    I'm not sure if this locked Windows font has any thing to do with your problem, but I do suspect that you aren't using a Middle Eastern InDesign. Could you check under Help > About InDesign to see if it shows right under Adobe InDesign CS4 "Middle Eastern version 6.0"

     
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    May 15, 2009 6:23 AM   in reply to zerimahbub

    It would be hard to continue with your RTL publication in your non ME copy. If you aren't able to secure a Middle Eastern version, you may wan to look for a third party plug-in that can make it some how easier to incorporate RTL features within your InDesign copy.

     

    Furthermore, Traditional Arabic font is a poorly drawn, restricted system font. Since you are using Adobe products, I advice you to look for good OpenType fonts that will make your work easier.

     

    I have used Traditional Arabic font just for test in Adobe InDesign CS3, and tried to export to PDF, I had the attached message…

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    May 15, 2009 11:59 AM   in reply to zerimahbub

    zerimahbub, I belive you know what you need to do now in order to work with your Arabic publication. Get an Adobe InDesign ME version to start with, and use an OpenType Arabic font to get full advantage of InDesigns typography strength.

     

    If your publication is left-to-right and has some Arabic words here and there, you'd need to purchase a third party plug-in to amalgamate Arabic words in your Latin sentences.

     

    I think this answers your original question as it seems that your previous InDesign CS2 was an ME version hence you were able to type Arabic words freely in it.

     
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    May 15, 2009 12:13 PM   in reply to zerimahbub
     
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    May 15, 2009 12:32 PM   in reply to John_Nolan-ylAnVM

    Thanks John,

    I had a good read when this article by Thomas Phinney was published, I remember David Blatner had drawn our attention to this article back then.

     
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:40 PM   in reply to zerimahbub

    download the template using the link below, you should be fine, just make sure you copy and paste using a new text layer and then change letters inside the text selection area. goodluck

     

    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4107Eiddrop.jpg

     
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