I recently bought an issue of a UK Mac magazine that included a CD
with a fully licensed version of Mellel on it. I haven't installed it on
my system at home, however. I've considered it, but haven't really felt
the need to do so at this time. For my written document needs at home,
Apple's iWorks does fine for me. I THINK the Mac magazine is Mac Format,
but I'm not sure and I loaned it out to a new Mac owner, so I can't
check it, either. I'm ALLEDGEDLY going to get it back at some point. ;-P

Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
Technical Writer
OI Analytical
979 690-1711 Ext. 222
sbeard at

-----Original Message-----
[ at] On Behalf
Of Graeme R Forbes
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 1:01 PM
To: framers at
Subject: right to left languages

Peter Courlis asked

"Is there a S/W application or DTP S/W that is used for
Arabic, Farsi (left to right) languages in popular use, today?"

Dov replied:
"Yes, Microsoft Word (Windows only) provides this support.
InDesign ME offers this support (both platforms); maybe future
versions of InDesign might also natively support right-to-left"

I think it used to be the case on the Mac that right to left language 
docs were mainly created in Nisus ( The OSX 
upgrade of Nisus still does it, but you might want to enter "Hebrew" 
in the user forums search and read some of the posts. The new kid on 
the block is a word processor called Mellel 
( which looks like it would be well 
worth investigating. In fact, it may even be a plausible replacement 
for FrameMaker for (English) technical writing on the Mac.

Graeme Forbes

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