Set Arabic Text in QuarkXPress

If you need to include Arabic text in a publication — either printed or in digital form — here’s a time-tested solution:

Layout Ltd.’s ArabicXT is an XTension for QuarkXPress 7/8/9 that lets you set bi-directional type in in the Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Jawi, and Kurdish languages, without requiring an Arabic operating system.

You can 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, and costs $430.

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