multi language design

base's picture

Hello everyone,

I want to insert an Arabic text in Indesign cs2, from a msword 2004 text file.
The text file i already got from the client.
Does Msword support Arabic text?( my own hunch says no)
How can i insert the text in a Indesign document, without loosing its nature?
Does anyone have a backdoor trick?
Greetings base

Florian Hardwig's picture

I’m afraid you’ll need InDesign ME.

Florian Hardwig's picture

See also these older threads: Arabic script encoding problems, Arabic in InDesign, InDesign ME - your experiences. I don’t know if anything related to working with rtl-scripts has changed in CS3 – I guess not.

base's picture

Yeah i am afraid so to, do you know even if ms word 2004 for mac is displaying the text correctly? Now the text has an arabic look but it indicated Arial.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Hello, base,

I spent 5 years doing multilingual DTP for a translation agency... I can't stress this enough: Arabic is very, very tricky to typeset... And MS Word is not the best program in the world for working with Arabic! You will try to select a character on the right end of a line and will end up selecting the one on the left side... Periods will not behave the way you expect them to... I could go on and on. For any lengthy text, the best thing to do is to send the job to a designer or production artist who knows and works with Arabic text on a daily basis... There are just too many things that can go wrong if you try to do it yourself. And Arabic typesetters are scarce, so they can charge you a bundle!

Florian already mentioned InDesign ME... There is also Illustrator ME... These versions of the Adobe apps were made to deal with right-to-left typesetting (i.e., Arabic, Hebrew). If you have to do the job yourself, try to use one of these programs... Using a Western version of MS Word will just give you non-stop headaches. I kid you not.

Florian Hardwig's picture

For word processing, you might wanna take a look at Mellel and read this thread; Beginner in Arabic.


base's picture

thanx a lot man,
is a beautifull language to see, let say being able to work with it.
best greetings

AzizMostafa's picture

Hope this will be of assitance to the Interested
All the Best with flowers

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