Textra FreeHand
Native Arabic lessons for Macromedia FreeHand

SoftSkill Textra for FreeHand is the easiest and most powerful way to beautifully typeset Arabic Text directly within Macromedia FreeHand. Type edit, and design Arabic within FreeHand just like Roman text, with advanced Arabic features too.

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Textra adds a new tool to the FreeHand Toolbox for inputting Arabic text. Draw text boxes, type within shapes or type on paths just as easily as with Roman text.

Advanced Arabic typography
In addition to FreeHand's text features, Textra FreeHand includes Kashida justification (using extension of ligatures) for beautiful Arabic type. Not limited to rectangular text boxes, Textra correctly justifies text inside any closed path. And over 100 Arabic fonts are included for a variety of applications and designs. With Textra, the only limit is your imagination.

Heavy features, lightweight speed
As a plug-in for Macromedia FreeHand, Textra doesn't bog down FreeHand's performance or increase its load time. Unlike most other Arabic solutions, Textra is fast and responsive.

Intelligent Font Application
One of the most frustrating problems with typesetting mixed Arabic-Roman text is the application of fonts. Textra's Intelligent Font Application takes care of this for you. In Textra, choosing an Arabic font for mixed text only changes the Arabic parts, and choosing a Roman font only changes the Roman parts!

Click here for a list of the SoftSkill Arabic fonts included with TextraFH.

Textra Inspector
Everything you need to inspect or modify your Arabic text attributes is located in this palette, designed with bilingual text in mind! There are two seperate font menus (Arabic & Roman), script switching buttons, kashida justification tools and more.

Textra TypeStyles
Work more efficiently with text attributes using Textra TypeStyles. Style sheets let you specify and apply fonts, text attributes and Arabic specific features correctly justifies text inside any closed path. And over 100 Arabic fonts are included for a variety of applications and designs. With Textra, the only limit is your imagination.

Textra Shortcuts
Save time using Textra's built-in shortcuts. All Textra commands have equivalent keyboard shortcuts, and Textra automatically assigns shortcuts to your Style Sheets so you can apply different styles instantly.

Features:
  • Direct editing of Arabic text in native FreeHand text boxes
  • Dynamic kashida justification
  • Includes over 100 beautiful fonts from Arabworx
  • Mac OS X compatible (the first Mac OS X Arabic application!)
  • Intelligent font application to mixed Arabic and Roman text
  • Carefully crafted fonts compatible with all of FreeHand's text features (correct Arabic text wrapping, correct Arabic sorting, convertable to paths)
  • Compatible with Textra Freehand and Textra Illustrator - edit files created with Textra and
  • Easy script switching between Arabic and Roman with correct cursor positioning
  • Automatic script detection and keyboard switching using the current text selection
  • User-defined Arabic paragraph and character style sheets that are saved inside your FreeHand documents
  • Import Arabic text from a variety of legacy encodings which are expanded every day via conversion plug-ins
  • Very low CPU overhead on FreeHand's performance for Arabic processing


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