InDesign CS6 | Arabic and Hebrew support

You can now create layouts and designs that contain Arabic and Hebrew text in InDesign CS6.  There are several features that let you create world-ready content.

Adobe World-Ready composers already give you flexibility to work with indic languages. Support for Hunspell open source dictionaries let you download and use dictionaries that you need. Arabic and Hebrew text has some additional complications. But InDesign CS6, Middle Eastern edition has features that handle the additional complexitites and let you create designs with Arabic, Hebrew, or mixed content.

Create Arabic and Hebrew content

Create Arabic and Hebrew content

To create Arabic and Hebrew content, you need some special treatment. For example, Arabic and Hebrew are right-to-left languages, so you need the ability to change the paragraph direction.

Several other features, such as specifying Text direction, story direction, binding direction are included. Other language specific features such as automatic Kashida insertion, Diacritical marks, and Diacritical coloring are also included.


See Arabic and Hebrew features in InDesign Cs6 for more details.

Also have a look at the other new features in InDesign CS6.

Download a Trial

Download a trial, and take it for a spin. I’m sure that you’ll like what you see. You can download the trial installer from the follow locations.




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  1. #1 by Zubair on May 31, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    The download links not working. Give error.

    • #2 by Vikrant on May 31, 2012 - 3:31 pm

      That’s funny. Try a different browser. or clear your cache.
      What browser are you using btw?

  2. #3 by MOSpiff on July 12, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    Is InDesign6 Middle East version a separate product from InDesign CS6? Can I buy it in the United States?

  3. #5 by Jay on August 1, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Is Indesign CS6 compatible with Urdu Language, just like Arabic?

  4. #6 by Ahmed Sagarwala on August 26, 2012 - 10:41 am

    I’m having issues when pasting Arabic text from MS Word – all text is transposed. Basically the entire sentence is reversed so I have to manually transpose the characters. No big deal for one sentence, but entire paragraphs are a real problem.

    I am using the ME version. I have selected the appropriate paragraph direction (Right-to-Left). I’ll post a follow-up answer if I find it…

    I’ve followed instructions found here:

  5. #7 by Ahmed Sagarwala on August 26, 2012 - 10:44 am

    Okay, the key is to ensure you have the following options in the paragraph panel selected:

    1. Para Flyout: Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer
    2. Set paragraph direction to Right-to-Left
    3. Set character direction to Right-to-Left

    Then re-paste the text and it will flow as required!

  6. #8 by Hadi Ebrahimi on August 28, 2012 - 12:41 am

    Where can I purchased CS6 Arabic enabled version.
    My trail version will expire within 3 days. Please help.

  7. #9 by polash on September 7, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    in Illustrator CS6 I cannot find “Adobe World-Ready Composers”

    “(Windows > Paragraph > panel menu)” nothing is there,

    Can you help?

    • #10 by Vikrant on September 7, 2012 - 10:05 pm

      These features are available in the Middle-Eastern and North African editions only. Are you facing this issue on a MENA edition?

  8. #11 by polash on September 12, 2012 - 4:37 am

    NO, I am using Bangla, Its working fine for indesign, (English)

    Maybe you dont have it for Bangla yet.

    I can write Bangla, In photoshop and in indesign, sadly not in Illustrator.

    • #12 by Vikrant on September 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

      All versions of InDesign CS6 have support for indic scripts via the world-ready composer. That is letting you use Bangla. I don’t think that Illustrator CS6 has support for indic scripts.

    • #13 by Piash on September 17, 2012 - 2:55 pm

      Can i use it in Bangladesh, Polash bro?

    • #14 by polash on September 21, 2012 - 11:54 pm

      yes you can,

  9. #15 by polash on September 13, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    Thank you Mr Vikrant.

    Any advise?

  10. #16 by Appaji Ambarisha Darbha on October 15, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    I’m a font developer developing Telugu Unicode fonts. I tested my font by typing Telugu in CS6 InDesign. It’s working perfect in Windows version. But it is not working Mac OSX version of CS6. What could be the reason? Any additional settings are required? Conjuncts of the language are not working in Mac version. Any help appreciated.. Thank you.

  11. #17 by Nouf on October 29, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    I just purchased indesign CS6, I can see the world ready composers, but for some reason I cant see the right-to-left text direction icons, I also coudnt find them any where in the menus, please help

    • #18 by Vikrant on November 2, 2012 - 1:45 pm

      Do you have a Middle-Eastern version of InDesign? I think that RTL is only supported in ME edition. In other versions, Worldready composers are used for other languages, such as Indic etc.

  12. #19 by mohammed on November 5, 2012 - 1:50 am

    السلام عليكم
    عندي مشكله في الكتابه بالعربي
    حيث انه عند البدء بالكتابه تاتي الكتابه بالعكس لا يمكن ان يكتب الكلمات العربي بالشكل الصحيح وانما يبدو النص بالمقلوب
    اود معرفة كيف يمكن تعديل المشكله

  13. #20 by Jason on December 13, 2012 - 1:39 am

    Can this handle exporting to ePub and preserving the right to left formatting?

  14. #21 by Abdul Baseer on April 1, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    Hi to all, Can any one tell me how can i work on “Urdu Language” with adobe cs6.

  15. #22 by Gila on April 16, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Vikrant :
    Do you have a Middle-Eastern version of InDesign? I think that RTL is only supported in ME edition. In other versions, Worldready composers are used for other languages, such as Indic etc.

    Hi, I’m currently using CS5.5 (german version) and want to upgrade to CS6. I will need to layout arabic texts but want to have a german version of indesign. Is it somehow possible to have rtl-support?

    • #23 by Vikrant on April 16, 2013 - 1:28 pm

      Normally, you need the ME version to work on Arabic. The ME version only supports an Arabic, Hebrew, French, or English UI. I don’t think that a German UI is supported.
      If you’re okay using en english UI, I don’t think that you’ll have any issues working on german, arabic, or even mixed documents.

      But give this a try too:

    • #24 by Gila on April 16, 2013 - 2:44 pm

      Hello Vikrant, thanks for the link (I had already tried it, but: The paragraph style was created, but I can’t choose “Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer” for the style.) Do I have to activate the World-Ready Composer somehow? Do you know?

    • #25 by Vikrant on April 16, 2013 - 2:59 pm

      In the previous versions, it needs to be done using a script. Its in the product unofficially.

      Why don’t you install a CS6 ME trial from ans see if it helps.

    • #26 by Gila on April 16, 2013 - 3:09 pm

      Do you know wheter it is possible to buy the ME Version with english UI and than somehow change the UI to german? And is the RTL-support for e.g. arabic the only difference from ME-Version to “normal”-Version? I am afraid that I might not work as usual, because it will only happen very rarely that I need to work with text that reads from rtl…

  16. #27 by diễn đàn seo on April 16, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    Thank you Mr Vikrant.

  17. #28 by Vikrant on April 16, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Gila :
    Do you know wheter it is possible to buy the ME Version with english UI and than somehow change the UI to german?

    I doubt it. Have never tried it, but I don’t think it’ll work.

    • #29 by Gila on April 16, 2013 - 3:26 pm

      ok, thank you very much, Vikrant, have a nice day!

  18. #30 by ibrahim on July 1, 2013 - 2:20 pm


  19. #31 by gabriel on October 20, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Punctuation does not format correctly – any ideas? it moves over to the right – as does my cursor when i’m at the end of the line…

    if you know a fix, please help!

  20. #32 by Sergio F. on March 4, 2015 - 7:57 pm

    This is idiotic for when you have a global audience. We are based in Spain and we have a global customer base. We have InDesign in spanish and we can create content in any western language obviously because they use the same alphabet but now it turns out that we need to buy a MENA edition that we can’t use with a spanish UI so we can reach our arabic customers!!


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