InDesign CS6 | Indic support and preferences

With InDesign CS6, you have the ability to create documents using indic text. Adobe World-Ready Composer (WRC) provides correct word shaping for many of the non-Western scripts, such as Devanagari. Adobe World-Ready composers in the International English version of InDesign, support several indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam, and Kannada.


Hunspell spelling and hyphenation dictionaries are included in InDesign CS6, and so is the Adobe Devanagari font family.

Adobe World-Ready Composer

Enable the Adobe World-Ready Composer through a paragraph style (Paragraph Style >Justification > Composer) or using the Paragraph panel menu.

Indic preferences

InDesign CS6 also provides a script that you can use to set Indic preferences. This script does the following:

  • Sets Adobe World-Ready composer as the default composer.
  • Specifies using Adobe World-Ready Composer for [No Paragraph Style]. This enables you to import content into InDesign.
  • Sets the font locking preferences. This means typing in Indic script in a font that doesn’t support Indic will switch to one that does.
  • If you try to change text that has Indic to a font that doesn’t support those glyphs will bring up a warning.
  • In addition, it also changes the default page size, and snap zone

Set Indic preferences

Set Indic preferences to work on indic scripts, and correctly import content into InDesign.

  1. Choose Window > Utilities > Scripts
  2. Double-click indicPreferences.js
  3. Open a new document or restart InDesign

To dump indic preferences, simply revert to the default preferences.

  • On Windows, press Shift +Ctrl+Alt and then start InDesign CS6
  • On Mac OS, press Shift+Command+Alt and then start InDesign CS6

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.


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  1. #1 by Bhavik on June 22, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    where else can I contact?

  2. #3 by Tasneem on June 27, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Dear Vikrant,
    I am using Summit Indica Unicode for typing unicode hindi and using their chanakya unicode font. Though font rendering is perfect but problem is that as the paragraph become larger the text appear very slowly after typing sometimes if I type fast it takes more than 15 seconds ie rendering becomes very slow that make it typing in indesign very annoying, I have to copy paste text from other applications after there. MS Office or Apache Open Office show no such problem. Is there any solution?

    • #4 by Vikrant on June 27, 2013 - 8:10 pm

      There may be several reasons actually, and may depend on the document.
      0) Do you also see the same behavior in a new blank document?
      1) I wonder if its due to a corrupt document. Try saving as IDML and then reopen the document.
      2) ID may be trying to re-compose the text and page layouts. If the document is fairly large, has large tables, or balances multiple columns, the recomposing may be taking time.

      See this thread on the InDesign forum for more ideas.

    • #5 by Yash on January 29, 2016 - 12:52 am

      Mr. Tasneem, Please send me the Unicode chanakya font my email id is

  3. #6 by Raviteja on February 22, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    thank you, vikrant

    • #7 by tasneem on November 3, 2014 - 6:22 pm

      I found the problem after long time. the culprit is World Ready Paragraph Composer. Adobe Paragraph Composer doesn’t cause any problem but rendering in Indic text is not possible in Adobe Paragraph Composer :(

  4. #8 by Manochvarma on February 27, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Dear sir, i am using CS6. But i couldnt type tamil unicode. I have the fonts but there is no indic option in my CS6 illustrator. Can you please help me.

  5. #10 by हरिराम on March 27, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    क्या फोटोशॉप सीसी में हिन्दी ओड़िआ आदि का युनिकोड समर्थन उपलब्ध हो गया है?

  6. #11 by Shiba Meher on August 18, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Is Adobe Flash CC Supports Unicode Characters?

    I am in a dilemma whether Flash CC supports unicode character or not. Please Help.

  7. #12 by Dempsey on September 22, 2014 - 10:43 pm

    Is unicode supported in InDesign CS6 for Bengali text? If so how do you apply the plug-in and set it up in a document to supprt Bengali text?

  8. #13 by GRK Murthy on October 9, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Please advise which fonts can be used for Indesign CS6. And help me with the source.

  9. #14 by GRK Murthy on October 9, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Sorry..I need Telugu fonts

  10. #15 by GRK Murthy on October 13, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    I need to use Telugu fonts in Indesign CS6. My system is Winsdows 8. Please suggest the source for Telugu fonts.

  11. #16 by Sreelal on November 14, 2014 - 10:49 am

    I have Adobe illustrator and Indesign CC
    But ISM Malayalam fonts are not working on this.
    Anyone can help me in this regard?

  12. #17 by Pramod on December 21, 2014 - 11:40 pm


    I have Kannada books typed in Page Maker which I want to convert them as EPUB books. Is there a process which support me to convert them to EPUB with changing fonts to Unicode Kannada font without loosing content and much of format.
    Thanks for support

  13. #18 by Anil Yadav on July 25, 2015 - 10:17 pm

    महामंत्री m not able to type properly

  14. #19 by Anil Yadav on July 25, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    how to rectify same issue in Photoshop cs6

  15. #20 by jassani on February 22, 2016 - 2:00 pm

    I am using akruti unicode font to type in hindi.
    The word क़ुर्आन is seen as it should be seen.
    But in indesign it is not seen as above. Instead ‘ra’ and ‘aa’ are seen separately.
    can you pleas help me?

  16. #21 by dgranger on April 20, 2016 - 9:18 pm

    I followed the instructions in this article, opened InDesign CS6, new file, created text box, set font to Adobe Kannada, set language to Tamil. I then copied Tamil text from Word (where they display correctly) and pasted into the new text box. The characters show as boxes using Kannada. Does anyone know how to get Kannada to show properly in ID6???

  17. #22 by Ramu on June 12, 2016 - 2:09 am

    Thanks, Sallow my Telugu typing problem in InDesign.

  18. #23 by PRATHYUSH on July 28, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    i cant use vikaas font for telugu text… some letters are not supporting.. what shoul i do?

  19. #24 by Gautam on August 3, 2016 - 3:17 am

    Vikrant…you are a savior. Thanks a million (y). One question though. I see many extra input tools in the taskbar eg. Hindi Indic Input 3 and Hindi US Keyboard which I need to delete as I just want to continue with Google Input Tools as they have a “Type in English but get in Hindi” and so on. I am unable t find a way to delete them even though I have the removed from the language option , they seem to re-appear. Please help

  20. #25 by Irfan Mansuri on September 16, 2016 - 4:15 pm

    आप का बहोत बहोत धन्यवाद सर

    • #26 by Irfan Mansuri on September 16, 2016 - 4:16 pm

      आपने मुझे ख़ुशी से रुला ही दिया…..

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