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 ?
MIt's ME. I am preparing a book about islamic coins. Most of the parts are in english. So I have to use arial, garamond and traditional arabic on the same page. This was not a problem in the older version (CS2).
The font (traditional arabic) I am using, is a TTF not an OpenType. So propositional forms option has no effect on it. I tried but but nothing changed.
Language is to English-USA, I tried several other languages, no effect.
Do you know an OpenType Traditional Arabic font ?
Here some interesting result :
I tried OpenType Times New Roman. At first I can use letters only in isolated form. I select the letters I typed and changed the propositional forms setting from "general" to "automatic" , letters appear as they should be.
I tried this on Traditional Arabic but did not worked.
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'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"
This not a locked Windows font because I was using it in Indesign CS2 without any problem.
In Help>About section all I see, is CS4 6.0. So this in not a Middle Eastern version.
For the moment I found the following solution :
I found an Open Type Arabic Font.
When I type something with this font "propositional forms" setting is set to "General", this is the default setting and I was unable to set "Automatic" as default. First I type something in Arabic then I select the text and set "propositional forms" setting to "Automatic".Yes it is a little bit cumbersome but this is the only solution I found.
I could send font files to anybody if you want to try them . It is not allowed to send them as attachment
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…
I am aware of that restriction, I removed it and using it without any problem.
You can try this
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.
Have a look at this as well:
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