Pasting arabic text in Indesign cs3

daniele capo's picture

Now, that's my problem: I have an arabic text in word and I'm trying to paste that text in a Indesign layout but the text is displayed left to right. I wonder if it is some way to set text direction. I searched the internet for a solution and found a script that reverse the text in a single paragraph.
Somebody have a better solution?

dan_reynolds's picture

You need to use another version of InDesign, called InDesign ME, from a company called WinSoft. This will let you work with scripts that are right to left running, like Hebrew and Arabic.

Alternatively, you can make a PDF from Word and place this as a graphic.

daniele capo's picture

Thanks, Dan.

lanenaargentina's picture

Hi Dan - I do have IND ME, but when I copy paste from my Word Doc, the text still displays left to right...Help, what am I doing wrong??

dan_reynolds's picture

Hmm… I don't know! Maybe try copying the text from Word to TextEdit and then to InDesign?

lanenaargentina's picture

this is the first time I'm working with Arabic and InD ME. Is there a script or something that I need to run after pasting the text, or should it work if I just copy and paste?

I'll try your suggestion about copying the text to TextEdit and then to InD.

thanks.

david h's picture

I don't see why you have a problem; no problem here.

Are you working with ME Type Tool?

AzizMostafa's picture

Where+When working with Arabic, always do:
1. Try importing instead of Copy+Pasting.
2. Make sure that the Text:
• goes right to left in direction (Justification is another issue).
• is Arabic-Spaced not Latin-Spaced, and
3 the Language of paragraphs is also Arabic.
All the Best with Flowers

putnik57's picture

Hello guys,
I need you help. I am using InDesign CS6 (ME version) and I have the following problem when importing text. Namely, whenever I am importing text in English or any other left-to-right languages the text is imported right-to-left instead. Is there any way to change this? I tried everything but I could not find the solution. It brings the whole text and pages right-to-left even though it should be left-to-right. Any suggestions? Please, I need your help. I just occasionally use Arabic for small amount of text. I was hoping the ME version will work as an ordinary one just that I will have more control over Arabic text.
Thanks in advance!

putnik57's picture

Thanks, James.... I think I managed to sort it out somehow...

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