3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 29, 2014 10:34 PM by Joel Cherney

    Arabic text becomes separated after exporting PDF from InDesign

    wind-up bird

      Hi Everyone,

       

      I'm working on an English-Arabic document in InDesign. In InDesign the Arabic text seems OK, but when I export a PDF, some parts of the text become spearated. I use World-tools add-in for the Arabic text.

       

      Here's an example:

       

      Text in InDesign:

       

      arabic_indesign.jpg

       

      The same text in PDF:

       

      arabic_pdf.jpg

       

      Do any of you have any idea how to avoid this problem? It seems that many random parts of the text just becomes separated after exporting, can't find the reason.

       

      Thanks a lot in advance,

       

      Zita

        • 1. Re: Arabic text becomes separated after exporting PDF from InDesign
          Joel Cherney Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I have seen a few varieties of character-drop like this one, but never the same thing twice. Is it possible that...

           

          1) you have Missing Glyph Highlighting turned off? Because if you typeset with no Arabic-supporting font applied to your text, and you have the pink highlighting turned off (and Missing Glyph Protection turned off) then when you export it will behave in this way.

           

          2) you are actually printing to Postscript and distilling? I know, probably not! But if you are try exporting something like PDF X/4.

           

          3) You are using a combination of Smallest FIle Size and not embedding the font? Try playing with the font subsetting percentage to be found on the Advanced section of PDF export options window. If you set it to 1%, it means that the entire font will be embedded, which is useful for some Arabic fonts whose designers put the ligatures in, ah, unexpected places.

           

          If you are free to post the PDF and INDD somewhere (like on Dropbox?) I'd be happy to take a look to see if I can reproduce your error, and perhaps suggest a fix.

          • 2. Re: Arabic text becomes separated after exporting PDF from InDesign
            wind-up bird Level 1

            Hello Joel,

             

            Thanks for your answer. I tried everything you suggested (though my InDesign's preferences are missing the option "Missing Glyphs Protection", see below, but I managed to track them through the preflight panel and a script I downloaded from Peter Kahrel's site: http://goo.gl/oP53WU and there's no missing glyph in the document – I use Myriad Arabic for the Arabic text.) but nothing works.

             

            I'll send you a private message with a link to the files, because I'm really lost here.

             

            Many thanks for your effort you put in this!

             

            Zita

             

            preferences.jpg

            • 3. Re: Arabic text becomes separated after exporting PDF from InDesign
              Joel Cherney Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Howdy Zita,

               

              I checked out the file, and there's a character style (leftover from the source English file, obviously) that has Small Caps applied to the text. Why this should alter the text at all is a mystery to me - yet another reason for me to wonder about who at Adobe is in charge of internationalization issues.

               

              If you remove the Small Caps attribute (and perhaps the All Caps attribute as well - I didn't dig that far but I assume that it would be a problem as well) then the Arabic text exports correctly.