How to use arabic in InDesign CC2020

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Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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dear community,

i want to create an ad with arabic copy but i cant get my head around it.

i am using adobe indesign cc 2019 on a mac (macos catalina, 10.15.1).  

 

thanks for reply.

best beovita

 

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Adobe Employee , Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020
Hi Beovita, Thanks for reaching out. I'd recommend checking out help article https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/access-install-hebrew-arabic-indesign-illustrator-CC.html to know how you can use the MENA (Middle east and North African languages) editions. Hope it helps. Regards, Ashutosh

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 13, 2020 Feb 13, 2020
Please continue to ask, there is no wrong question here. This is a video I made earlier that simplify 4 tasks you ought to take in order to type Arabic properly. Same 4 steps apply in your case when you will copy text from MS. Word then paste into InDesign.

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Hi Beovita,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I'd recommend checking out help article https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/access-install-hebrew-arabic-indesign-illustrator-CC.html to know how you can use the MENA (Middle east and North African languages) editions.

Hope it helps.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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New Here ,
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thanks for your reply.

 

i followed your instruction. is there anything els i have to do? because its still wrong in my opinion. i am copying a copy from word (in arabic) and paste it to the file. but it shows it diffently (pls take a look to the screenshot).original version in wordoriginal version in wordmy version when i copy it to indesignmy version when i copy it to indesign

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Let us know more about your requirements so we can assist you, as I'm not sure your concern is technical or language?

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New Here ,
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thanks for your reply.

 

well, i am not able to manage in my indesign program to create an ad in arabic. do you know what i mean?

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You may need to either remove your existing InDesign copy and reinstall another copy that supports Arabic, or you may have another copy of InDesign alongside the existing one. I believe that your copy of InDesign doesn't support Arabic yet, to verify this, just check whether you have a "ME Type tool" as shown below, if not then your InDesign lacks proper Arabic support.

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Here is the way to add another version of InDesign so you end up with two copies, one of which supports Arabic…

Open your Adobe CC desktop application

1- Click on the Preferences gear shape icon on top right

2- Click on Apps in left pane

3- Choose English يدعم العربية then click "Done" button

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4- Click on the three ellipses at the bottom right corner of InDesign icon, choose "Other versions", select an older version from the list and start downloading.

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Eventually, you will end up with two InDesign copies, an old copy that supports Arabic, and the latest copy that you use for daily non-Arabic jobs.

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New Here ,
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thank you for your great reply.

 

I've now two version like you said. in my latest indesign program, I've set it English arabic and I also have the ME Type Tool. I am behaving a bit supid I guess. But how do I use it now? Bildschirmfoto 2020-02-13 um 14.23.40.pngBildschirmfoto 2020-02-13 um 14.24.28.png

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Please continue to ask, there is no wrong question here.

 

This is a video I made earlier that simplify 4 tasks you ought to take in order to type Arabic properly. Same 4 steps apply in your case when you will copy text from MS. Word then paste into InDesign.

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New Here ,
Feb 17, 2020 Feb 17, 2020

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perfect, now it's working 🙂 thanks a lot 🙌🏼

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. You can refer to this help article for more information on using Arabic Features in InDesign: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/arabic-hebrew.html

 

Regards

Rishabh

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New Here ,
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thank you 

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I dont have the preferences gear? Is there another way of getting to it?

 

I am really struggling with this issue of not being compatible.

 

 

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