Winsoft release Tasmeem 5 Arabic InDesign add-on

Latest version of Tasmeem introduces two new packs for use with Adobe InDesign CS5

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Winsoft release Tasmeem 5 Arabic InDesign add-on Tasmeem 5 builds on WinSoft's work to express Arabic script in digital documents, says Gaddas.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 16, 2010

WinSoft International has announced the release of its Tasmeem 5 Arabic calligraphy tools for Adobe InDesign.

The latest edition of the tool set, which is compatible with the newly released Adobe InDesign CS5 Middle Eastern version, has been designed to enable professional Arabic typography and design page layout in the popular DTP application.

Tasmeem 5 comes in two version, a Dubai Pack, which features a mix of modern, graphic fonts and traditional fonts or a Cairo Pack, which is more focused on classical Arabic typography. Users can access English or French menus according to the version installed, and the solution also allows designers to use any Opentype font along with their installed Tasmeem fonts, while the text remains editable and searchable. The application also includes word and text shaping presets, and tools to form rings, catchwords and special Tasmeem characters.

"Tasmeem 5 is a continuation of our work to express the refinement of Arabic script in digital documents," said Kamel Gaddas, WinSoft International CEO.

"I think WinSoft International has done a lot for Arabic designers in the sense that it adapted high tech digital products for us and made them relevant for the script, the culture and the medium of design. It allowed contemporary Arab designers to produce products as sophisticated as the rest of the world, by adapting the tools to their needs," commented Arabic speaker and graphic designer Samar Makaron. "The more I work with Tasmeem, the more I realize how useful it is; it is kind of like working with a calligrapher who will change the text according to the designer's needs."

 

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