11 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2013 1:42 PM by Tom Gewecke
MrHasanleb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Dear Moderators,

 

I read a lot of articles about Arabic font but this is really serious for me as i work in TV and we want to use a very specific

font and not the one who are already there in finalcut 7, we added the font but the letters are not connected, so any help

would be appreciated to do that, and thanks a lot.


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • 1. Re: Arabic font problem
    Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,835 points)
  • 2. Re: Arabic font problem
    MrHasanleb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    that didn't help since it talkes about someguy who wanted to translate subtitles and export them from one

    standard into XML and he was having problem to show the arabic in FCP and he used the Geeza font

    where i don't want to use any other font supported from Mac but to import one from outside without any problem

    as i stated about the font is disconnected and the file is .otf file...

  • 3. Re: Arabic font problem
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,115 points)

    what do you mean by "the font is disconnected?"  Did you install the font?  Open fontbook, (which is in your applications folder) and file:  add fonts.  Did it do this successfully?  Once the font's installed you can also "validate the font" in Fontbook, to make sure it's installed correctly.

  • 4. Re: Arabic font problem
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    MrHasanleb wrote:

     

    the letters are not connected

     

    This means you are trying to use a Windows Arabic font in an app that does not support them for Arabic. 

     

    In such a case you must use an AAT (not opentype) font.  Besides the ones that come with OS X, you can find them at SIL and at the Mellel site.

     

    http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=arabicfonts

    http://www.redlers.com/downloadfont.html

     

    Some apps like TextEdit should be able to use your Windows font, but you might then have to convert it to images for your purposes (I don't know what your workflow is or what you are trying to produce).

  • 5. Re: Arabic font problem
    MrHasanleb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    the Arabic font is disconnected, in arabic the characters must be connected to form a word, and yes

    i installed the font and it is successfully installed, but when i start writing the characters are not connected

    they are sparated, so any help ?

  • 6. Re: Arabic font problem
    MrHasanleb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tom Gewecke:

    **In such a case you must use an AAT (not opentype) font.  Besides the ones that come with OS X, you can find them at SIL and at the Mellel site.**

     

    well the case is that i don't want to use any other font other than the one I have, so you are saying that i can't install it properly on final cut unless i use it on other text editor and then make image of it and then move that image over the video i am creating ? so there is no solution for my problem other than that ?

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    MrHasanleb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i was reading just now about converting from Opentype to AAT type and i read article in 2006 about it saying

    that Apple is lacking for that, is there any solution for that nowadays ? any converter from opentype to AAT that completely supports Arabic in writing ?

  • 8. Re: Arabic font problem
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    MrHasanleb wrote:

     

    any converter from opentype to AAT that completely supports Arabic in writing ?

     

    I don't know of one.  But the fellow Behnam who created the XW Zar fonts on the Mellel site is kind of an expert at doing this, and he might be able to help.

     

    Regarding images, I understand it is not uncommon to use a separate titling app like Belle Nuit to create title images which are then imported into FCS, etc.  Whether Belle Nuit supports Windows Arabic fonts I don't know.

  • 9. Re: Arabic font problem
    MrHasanleb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    anyway thanks a lot guys i guess today isn't my lucky day but i'll work on it and see if i get some answer somewhere...

  • 10. Re: Arabic font problem
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    The expert I mentioned is Behnam Rassi.  If you do a google search, you should be able to find an email or other contact point.

     

    The app FontForge is capable of some kinds of conversion from OpenType to AAT.

     

    http://fontforge.org/gposgsub.html

     

    Rassi might know whether it does enough to make Arabic possible.

  • 11. Re: Arabic font problem
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    PS I have verified that Belle Nuit does not support Windows Arabic fonts.