4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 22, 2017 1:09 AM by George_Salnik

    Switching InDesign back and forth between Arabic and English

    bernies29037894

      Hello,

       

      We will soon be getting arabic InDesign documents supplied to us on a semi regular basis.

      I've tested switching InDesign CC 2015 from english north american to arabic using these instructions without any issue.

       

      Problem is going back. After changing the language back to english north american in the preferences, I do not get the option to install the InDesign app again.

      (I re-installed as english international instead just to get up and running again. This worked OK.)

       

      After this, I checked to see if I could go back to arabic again, and after again changing the language to arabic in preferences, I still do not get the option to install InDesign again like I did the first time I went through the process.

       

      If I completely un-install InDesign, then re-install it, I can then go through the original process of changing to to arabic but this is extremely time consuming & un-efficient.

       

      Just wondering I'm missing something here? Is there an easier way to switch the app back and forth between these languages?

        • 1. Re: Switching InDesign back and forth between Arabic and English
          Eric Dumas Adobe Community Professional

          Hi,

          In your situation, I would consider creating a new user on my computer to switch between 'users' instead of un-installing and re-installing all the time

          • 2. Re: Switching InDesign back and forth between Arabic and English
            Zaid Al Hilali Adobe Community Professional

            The nice thing about Adobe CC, is you're able to download older copies on your computer.

             

            From the Adobe CC desktop menu, scroll up/down to find the section "FIND ADDITIONAL APPS", click on the "Previous Versions" drop menu and choose "VIEW PREVIOUS VERSIONS".

             

            From the same Adobe CC desktop menu, click on InDesign "Install" button to access previous versions, this way you may download InDesign CC (2014) or CC (2017) but before you download, switch your Language to "English يدعم العربية" from the Preferences.

             

            You may proceed to download InDesign CC (2014) with Arabic / Persian / Urdu capabilities now and have both InDesign versions on the same machine. This way you may run both InDesign versions at the same time if needed hence keeping your English version. But don't forget to switch Creative Cloud language in the Preferences menu back to English.

             

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            • 3. Re: Switching InDesign back and forth between Arabic and English
              Zaid Al Hilali Adobe Community Professional

              One thing you ought to be aware of, is when you create or edit a document in InDesign with Middle Eastern options, it is better to continue to work on it on the same version. Well the reason being when you open your document in an English InDesign version after it was created or edited and saved in a Middle Eastern (ME) InDesign, all punctuations such as full stop, question mark, and the like will appear at the wrong position of the line.

               

              From experience, it is better to start and complete the job on the same InDesign ME version or English version till exporting it to PDF.

              • 4. Re: Switching InDesign back and forth between Arabic and English
                George_Salnik Adobe Community Professional

                ME version have it English interface. By the fact ME is an extended English version. Why you need to switch between? Use it "ME" version and don't worry about it.