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Arabic Font

February 12 2008 | 5 comments
Categories: Publishing

I want to export a Map with Arabic font in EPS Format (Using ArcMap). The exported map in (EPS, PDF) does not support Arabic font. I also have marker picture symbols in my map in (BMP) format - some of them did not appear clearly in the exported map. I either export my map in (EPS, PDF, JPEG or BMP) format. Please tell me, what is the solution? Thank you.

Mapping Center Answer:

There may be a couple of things going on here. First, confirm that you have changed the output settings for either EPS or PDF to "Embed All Document Fonts". You will find this on the Options --> Format tab. Second, the unclear BMP markers may be the result of low output resolution. Experiment with increasing the DPI settings - also found on the Export --> Options tab - to see if this reduces the problem.

Problem with Arabic fonts posted by Robert McChesney on Nov 15 2008 8:24PM
I too am having problems with Arabic font. In ArcMAP the characters look great, but when I export to PDF (300 dpi), some of the characters are squished together while others are pushed apart making for a very ugly map. As recommended by "Ask the Cartographer," I have maximized my file size (7MB to 700MB) by playing with the different settings but to no avail.
Export to raster format, like TIFF posted by Aileen Buckley on Aug 23 2010 1:16PM
If you export the map to a raster format like TIFF instead of PDF you probably will not have this problem.
hi posted by davied anderson on Jan 13 2013 12:00AM
i have a problem when i want to lable in arcglobe in arabic 3dfont
it became separetsd letter and mirrord plz hel pme to solve thos problem
Tech Support question posted by Aileen Buckley on Jan 15 2013 3:29PM
Please contact Esri Technical Support for help with this question -- here is a link to contact them:
More information posted by Aileen Buckley on Jan 16 2013 11:12AM
I have learned a bit more information about this issue:

Unfortunately this is a known issue for 3D Arabic text in ArcGlobe. If you would like to track this issue you can do it by using the provided NIM below. You can also see provided workaround such as converting the text into annotation and then use that in ArcGlobe.

NIM055504 / (CR149628) - Arabic Script is being written as individual letters instead of a connected word when using 3D text in Globe.

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