InDesign CS2 cyrillic font trouble

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by macedonian, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. macedonian macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007

    Can anyone please provide some ideas on how to solve the following problem:

    -I have about 200 pages of text in .word format edited on windows using keyboard language support . I can open the file using Office for Mac, Pages and Text editor and I can easy change the font type to -Arial, Verdana, Tahoma or any other compatible set.

    Problem- When I paste the text in the ID SC2 it read the font as Times, and when I try to change to any other font I get symbols and squares ?? :confused:

    Frankly I have no idea to what may be the problem ?
    Can someone give me a clue on how to fix this issue ??

    Any advice will be appreciated .
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    A) Don't paste the text into InDesign, import (File>Place) it.

    B) You'll need the specific font/s installed on your machine, it's quite possible that they are embedded in the Word file. If they are, you'll need to find the name of them, they're possibly available as OpenType, purchase them by download (usually about US$30 each), install them on your machine using FontBook or whatever you're using as a font manager.
  3. macedonian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2007
    Maybe my first post was not clear...

    Text was written with macedonian keyboard language support
    ( ???? ??? ?????????? ????? ?? ??????????????) not with fonts.
    I try to import the document, but is the same.
    My major issue is:
    Why other text processor manage to change fonts variations, but not ID.
    I can only read the text when is set to one specific font " Times" ?
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    All computer text uses fonts, so you will still need to make sure that InDesign has the same fonts available to it as Word did. Most fonts don't support anything but Roman characters.

    A second problem can be the differences between older text encodings and the newer Unicode. Sometimes when that type of problem gets in the way, it can help to move the text into an intermediate application (for example, if TextEdit works, use that); a new saved version from there will sometimes import into a stubborn app with less trouble.

    Just for grins, you could select all the unreadable text as it appears in Indesign, and try to manually change it to use a font that you know has appropriate character support.

    (Just in the way of explanation: many apps will happily substitute fonts if the original isn't installed, but apps like inDesign where the output really, really matters won't try that automatically - you have to change it yourself so that there are no surprises at print time)

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