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how do I type in sinhala Adobe InDesign or Illustrator 2020?

Explorer ,
Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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Hello, 

I'm trying to type in Sinhalese (Native Language of Sri Lanka) using inDesign or Illustrator on a MacBook 2019. I've downloaded the Sinhala Keyboard from Apple but when I try to type after selecting a sinhala font (FM font series) I get pink boxes in inDesign. 

When I type in Adobe Illustrator I get a different standard unicode font that doesn't display certain characters correctly. යි වි මි ම් ව්   .. all of these and more appear incorrectly. And worse is I'm unable to change the font... no matter which font I select I still get the same unicode characters.  

 

(I've attached screenshots)

 

Googling the answer told me go into prefrences > type and click on the enable show East Asian options. Then go into the character panel and change the languge to Sri Lankan .. ..  but doing this has no effect at all. I'm still unable to type in sinhala using a chosen FM series font.... 

 

please can someone help? I'll be happy to provide more details if needed. 

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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Hi denni2579,

no answers yet

Does the issue still exist?

 

Did some research; you may have to enable the harfbuzz features in InDesign. There is no control in the GUI for this, no checkmark in any of the preferences dialogs. Instead you may have to run a little ExtendScript (JavaScript) script for proper typesetting for Sinhala.

 

Script for enabling Harfbuzz workflow in InDesign
Sheena Kaul, Adobe Employee , Jul 17, 2020

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/script-for-enabling-harfbuzz-workflow-in-indesign/m-p/112951...

 

What is harfbuzz? Yo may find some answers here:

https://harfbuzz.github.io/

 

Also see this little article:

What’s New in InDesign 2019–2020
December 10, 2019

2020
Support for South-East Asian languages

https://pubassist.paratext.org/2019/12/10/whats-new-in-indesign-2019-2020/

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2021 Oct 07, 2021

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For this you can type in a Unicode converter and paste it into your software.

Use the font unicode converter for this.

Unicode To FM - Free Real-time Sinhala Unicode Converter

 

Web capture_8-10-2021_8721_akuru.madusanka.one.jpeg

 

Paste the copied word into your software. You can use this for FM Font.

 

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Explorer ,
Oct 09, 2021 Oct 09, 2021

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Thank you.

the Unicode converter trick mentioned worked!! 
superb. 

thanks 

 

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