In the new update of the New illustrator cc 2020 versions, the Text Direction feature been removed, that supports the Arabic language! any idea's on how to activate this feature?
Having said that it's still working in the 2019 version. Text Direction feature is quite helpful when writing in both English and Arabic text in the same paragraph.
It is still there in 2020, as you said, this feature is a vital feature for RTL.
Apparently, when you downloaded Illustrator 2020, you missed the language setting. All you need is simply uninstall Illustrator 2020, then change the language to "English يدعم العربية" and re-install a new copy of the latest Illustrator.
Thank you, Zaid you were absolutely right mate appreciate your help and support. problem solved.
So, you mean that in order to use any type of RTL text in my compositions, I HAVE TO install Illustrator in English-Arabic ?
Sorry but that doesn't make any sense at all.
I don't want to have Illustrator interface in English or Arabic, i only want to be able to use RTL texts.
Proper (awfully complex) solution is :
The solution you posted works well for a minor job of Arabic or any RTL language if however, you want full control on RTL for a newspaper, magazine, or a book perhaps, I would strongly recommend that you install another copy of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator that Adobe providing specifically under "English يدعم العربية"
Yes, I thought so.
Sorry but again, that doesn't make any sense to install a completely different version of the software, just to type in another language type.
I mean, even Microsoft Word can do it...
It will be very nice to have a "One fits all" InDesign copy that supports all Languages.
InDesign does support use in all Languages. You just have to enable the setting. Otherwise, your Arabic letters will write like English letters and they won't connect. If you enable the proper setting, then they work just fine.
Dear djibsho your solution is very interesting. Your observation is correct. I don't understand why you can't use the same features on the suite in your own language. I hope this problem is solved in the next updates. I updated version 25.1 just yesterday but it hasn't been implemented yet.
In ogni caso ci sono ancora problemi anche con il suggerimenti di djibsho.
Qui di seguito l'esempio di un testo in arabo impaginato con AI (il primo) e ID (il secondo).
Come si può vedere il punto viene impaginato all'inizio della frase (a destra) invece dovrebbe essere alla fine della frase (a sinistra) come si vede sull'esempio di ID.
In any case there are still problems with the djibsho suggestions as well. Below is an example of an Arabic text paginated with AI (the first) and ID (the second). As you can see, the point is paginated at the beginning of the sentence (right) instead it should be at the end of the sentence (left) as seen on the example of ID.
You definitely need Middle Eastern version to handle Arabic well as the ME will give you more Right-to-Left text controls.
Hi Zaid, i'm having this problem too, can't change the Arabic text direction in Ai 2020, also can't find the text direction feature.
Did you mean to solve is to uninstall the Ai, then change the computre system language to English-Arabic? Or install the Ai again in English-Arabic?
I installed the Ai through Creative Cloud, and it doesn't even give me any option about language...
Any suggestion? T_T
Ok, never mind, problem solved... I found the RLT option in Paragraph Style panel. Thanks anyway!
Hi Ada Hong, I have the same problem. I'm using the 2021 version I have read so many forums about this. Can you tell me how did you manage it? Because on Paragraph Style option also is not there.
I'm having a problem with my new 2021 Illustrator update and not being able to write in Arabic and English correctly. Is anyone having issues or can someone help walk me through this? Iv tried re installing a brand new Illustrator 2021 - Verison 25.0. I have packaging and user manuals to write. @Zaid Al Hilali - do you maybe have any solutions?
Apparently, you don't have the Middle Eastern features in the current version, it seems that for some users, during the update process, an English version is downloaded not the English يدعم العربية that supports Arabic.
Anyhow, please follow the below steps if you want to remove existing copy of Illustrator from your machine and download a fresh one with Arabic support…
Now you may proceed to install Adobe applications once again.
Alternatively, you may download another copy of Illustrator that supports Arabic besides the existing copy…
Follow steps 4,5, & 6 as in above to change the language for the application(s) you're going to install now, then
1. Click on the three ellipses on the right most of the Illustrator application
2. Choose "Other versions"
3. From the small pop up window, choose an older copy of Illustrator since you cannot have two copies of the same version,
@Zaid Al Hilali THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!!!! I followed everything and it worked perfectly for me now. I did have to downgrade, but to get it to work, I'm 100% fine with that. You're a complete lifesaver on this! Thank you so much for your quick response and help!
Which version did you install in order to get Arabic for Illustrator and InDesign? I'm facing the same problem with the 2021 upgrade, and I've followed Zaid's steps, but I'm unsure which older version supports Arabic.
ليس بالضرورة تثبيت اصدار قديم لتحصلي على دعم اللغة العربية، فقط اتبعي الخطوات التي سردتها اعلاه من 1 لغاية 6 وسيكون لديك اخر اصدار لبرامج ادوبي داعماً للعربية
God Bless you brother
thank you so much. from Qatar
I don't know if you are having the same issue as I was, but mine was resolved rather simply. You do not need to uninstall and reinstall, nor change your language settings.
Simply go into Preferences / Type // and click // Show Indic Options
I found the answer here:
Hope this helps,
Salam Dawood, Adobe provided a dedicated version of Adobe Illustrator for Arabic/Farsi/Urdu users that gives full Right-to-Left control not only for typing basic Arabic Language. Those who produce Arabic Newspapers, magazines, and books for example would require such full control.
When you download and install the Middle Eastern version, there is no such thing as switching between text engines you mentioned, check my Illustrator 2021 v.25.2…