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.
(Further information is also available at http://arabicsoftware.net/arabicxt9.html)
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, 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.