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Are you installing InDesign ME (InDesign CS 5 or earlier), or are you installing InDesign for Arabic language with an English-language interface from the Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign CS6). Earlier versions (CS5 and earlier) are a special product developed for Adobe by WinSoft. CS6 is available if you have a Creative Cloud subscription.
yes, i am using the Creative Cloud CS6. i already had the US version installed. i am currently doing layouts in Arabic and wanted to use the formatting tools available in the ME version.
i went to Preferences in the Application Manager, chose English with the Arabic next to it.
downloaded and then tried to instal but it said that it was not able to install. i then trashed it and went to try to download again but now it says i am up to date...
so that is where i am.
any ideas would be appreciated.
You have to uninstall the English version before you can install the ME/NA version. They cannot coexist on the same machine.
ok, i see. so i was misinformed.
do you know the Arabic version well?
will i loose anything by switching over?
I've never used it at all. I'd back up the prefs and any customizations you've made for things like keyboard shortcuts, etc. (you can find more info on this at Replace Your Preferences). I honsetly don't know waht you are going to lose (you won't lose anything that is part of an existing file) or waht will work if you try to reload into the new localization.
It's recommended that you install the Arabic version on a different user than the English version. Or a different computer. Otherwise, it replaces all the preferences, applications files, etc. of the English version.