To handle Arabic within Adobe Illustrator, or other Adobe products, you need to use the Middle Eastern versions. English editions cannot handle the complexity of the Arabic language. Using Illustrator CS4-ME for example, it includes bundle of Arabic Fonts, and allows you to compose Arabic text or import Arabic text -for example from Microsoft Word. See Illustrator CS4-ME examples: http://www.fontworld.com/me/illustratorme.html
Does anyone know if any standard English CS4 application can co-exist on the same computer with CS4 Middle Eastern versions? I currently have CS3 and CS4 coexisting happily, and I'd like to install the trial of CS4 ME (Illustrator and InDesign only) to see how they work...but I don't want to mess anything up.
Your not from a City I love but here is something you can do that is safe.
You can if you have a MacPro use and external disk and install a system on that then boot from that system, holding down the option key at start up will give you the disk chooser, then Install the ME version on that to be safe you will have to boot into that system to use the ME version.
The other thing you can do if you have a MacPro is to simply install Windows on hard drive it has to be the first drive in the internal bay order than install the windows version of ME
and use one of the several software that will allow you to switch back and forth while booted in the MacOS.
You can easily find out if this is possible by asking the Adobe Store or customer relations.
If you have the software already and the system allows you to install then you will be at least able to install alongside what you already have but if it is safe I doubt anyone knows.
However there are some software that will allow you to back up your current system and disk so if you try it and it goes wrong you will be able to restore what you now have.
I believe Time Machine will also do this for you.
It is not enough to type Arabic backwards, not that that is a good idea anyway, the characters are formed contextually whether they are the at beginning, middle or end of a word or isolated completely.
MacOSX has the ability to do right to left text but Adobe doesn't use the core technology involved.
Adobe has created a .psd file that supports correct RTL Arabic. You can open this in Illustrator or Photoshop and you're ready to go. Works quick and easy and saves you shovling out loads of money on ME version.
I can teach you a small trick that I discovered myself;
Uing Microsoft word and adobe acrobat pro, you can type the text you want in arabic using the Arial font, then export the document to PDF format.
Now go to illustrator and open the file.
At first it will tell you that a font substitution will occur, then it will display your text in rectangles.
Just double click your text and select Arial font again and voila.......
just copy your text to your file and outline it.