Set Arabic Text in QuarkXPress

Layout Ltd.’s ArabicXT is an XTension for QuarkXPress Passport 4/5/6/7/8 that lets you set type in Arabic without having an Arabic operating system. 

It lets you create text that flows either right-to-left or left-to-right and paragraphs that flow in opposite directions. It supports Arabic and Roman script in the same document, with automatic Kashida insertion. 

ArabicXT includes 46 high-quality Arabic fonts with 10 additional free fonts upon registration, and more than 140 professional oriental clip art designs and 30 drop caps. ArabicXT costs $410 for QuarkXPress 7 or 8, $290 for QuarkXPress 6, $50 for QuarkXPress 4 or 5.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.