I want to create some documents with Arabic text in them. I already tried several programs, but not of them can satisfy my needs, which I think are quite basic.

I want:

  • Multi-column text layout
  • Numbered lists with Eastern Arabic digits (٠١٢٣٤٥٦٧٨٩)
  • Correct display of glyphs depending on context
  • Tashkil, since I write texts for beginner learners
  • Formatting styles, so that I don't have to do the formatting individually
  • A program that runs on Microsoft Windows 10

I tried Microsoft Word 2010, which gets the job almost done, it just causes the wrong glyphs to be displayed.

I tried Microsoft Word 2016, which doesn't get the spacing of the letters correctly (see the third screenshot).

I tried Scribus, which cannot display Arabic text properly at all.

I tried Microsoft WordPad, which lacks formatting possibilities like text in multiple columns.

I tried LibreOffice 5.2, which cannot format a numbered list so that the numbers appear in Eastern Arabic digits (no bug report yet for this one).

Any idea which other programs I could try?

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I would suggest SummitSoft Arabic Editor as it handles Arabic in just about every way imaginable.

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