about pdf files in arabic language
Thread poster: Joseph Samir

Joseph Samir
Local time: 18:23
English to Arabic
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Apr 8, 2003

I have an assignment to be delivered in pdf files ( the language is Arabic ).. So , I have got a program called ( Acropad 1.0 ) an editor that enables me to save files in pdf format .. The problem is that when I finished writing my Arabic translation using this program and saved it , I tried to check it using my Acrobat reader ( 4.0 ) and I have found the Arabic words turned into meaningless symbols .. So can any body help ?

Thanks in advance


Stephen Franke
United States
Local time: 08:23
English to Arabic
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Get Adobe Acrobat 5.0.5; what is your OS? Apr 9, 2003


For your purposes in working with Arabic tesxt (what OS and word-processing gear are you using?), AcroPad is junk because it does not include or support right-to-left (RTL) drivers.

Get Adobe Acrobat 5.0.5 (or the new, new 6.0 if you can afford that). Adobe Acrobat 5.X supports RTL Arabic. That works well, bidoon s3ubat aw mushkillat, with my MS Windows XP and MS Office XP.



Stephen H. Franke

Los Angeles


Local time: 19:53
English to Farsi (Persian)
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Use 'Time New Roman' for all the text and Acrobat Reader 5.0 Apr 9, 2003

and see the result! You may download Acrobat Reader 5.0 from its site.



Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:23
Member (2001)
English to Italian
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Embed fonts Apr 9, 2003

Also, remember to embed all fonts when creating the PDF; otherwise they will be replaced by standard AdobeMMSerif and AdobeMMSansSerif, which is possibly what has happened.


Joseph Samir
Local time: 18:23
English to Arabic
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Thanks a lot Apr 12, 2003

Thanks to all of you .. I have found ( beside your suggestion ) another free way to create arabic pdf files .. I will try to write it in the form of steps and share it with you all .. Thanks again for your help


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