Los Angeles InDesign User Group

Extra Meeting


Right-to-Left Typesetting and Design in InDesign


Thursday, August 15, 2019

6:30-9:30 p.m.

General Assembly, 1520 2nd St., Santa Monica, California 90401



In English and European languages words are read left-to-right, but in Semitic languages such as Farsi, Arabic and Hebrew, text is read right-to-left. In these languages the layout reflects this directionality. For example, in a three-column layout, the first column starts at the top right of the page. In a table, the first column is the right-hand one.


This special presentation will start by covering the technical aspects of using InDesign to create right-to-left text such as versions, language set-up, customization of the various menus, etc. It will then continue with a myriad of formatting issues and will conclude with aesthetic considerations including positioning multiple languages and numbers in the same layout.


Even if you don’t work with right-to-left designs, this presentation will provide an interesting peek into another world of our namesake program. Activate your InDesign multiculturalism!


You will learn:

  • Text composition right-to-left
  • Number composition left-to-right
  • Fonts
  • Nikkud (Hebrew vowels)
  • Special Hebrew symbols
  • Kerning and editing special characters
  • Location of special characters
  • Other languages



About the Presenter


Rachel Mendelson studied graphic design at Bar Ilan university in Israel. She worked as a junior then senior typesetter for Koren Publishers, one of the largest Jewish publishers in Israel—and possibly the world. (Among other products, Koren provides all bibles for the Israeli Army.) During that time, she worked on a number of bilingual projects including regular books, traditional bibles, massive Tanachim (tractates), and siddurim (prayer books).


In 2013, Rachel moved to Los Angeles where she continued working in graphic design with a specialty in typography, both independently and for large corporations with a particular focus on foreign language composition, including Asian, Arabic and Hebrew languages.





There is subterranean parking in the Byran Cave Building, the four-story building directly to the right of General Assembly. Parking is flat fee $7 after 4 p.m. There are also Santa Monica City Public Parking Garages nearby that charge $2 a hour.



Farthest Attendee


The bona fide LAIDUG member who travels the farthest specifically to attend the meeting will receive her or his choice of any one deal at MightyDeals up to $50.00. Mighty Deals offers fonts, templates, apps, e-books, etc. You  need to prove to us that you traveled farthest to attend this meeting. Having recently moved to the area from somewhere else won't cut it. Be prepared to show us indication of your current residence—perhaps a driver's license or a utility bill. Decision of the administrators of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group is final.





LAIDUG is supported by raffles of donated prizes. No one is required to participate in the raffles. Raffle tickets are: 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10, 11 for $20, 24 for $40, 32 for $50 and 65 for $100. All major credit cards are accepted.



Raffle Prizes


Adobe Creative Cloud. 12 month subscription. Value $599.88

Collection of 24 Adobe software applications for graphic design, video editing, web development and photography including InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver among others.


GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users. Value $300.00

Proofing add-on for Adobe Creative Cloud. Version history tracks what has been changed and by whom.


Markzware. Any single product. 12 month subscription. Value $199.00

Choose one from the list below:

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), Convert and open QuarkXPress files in InDesign.

PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign), Convert PDF files to InDesign.

ID2Q (InDesign to Quark), Convert and open InDesign documents in QuarkXPress.

MT (Markzware), Convert InDesign documents to IDML files readable by InDesign CS4 through CC 2017.

FC (FlightCheck), Check native and PDF files for printing quality.


Expo Creative Asset Manager for Mac from Insider Software. Value $149.00

Digital asset manager that allows you to view, tag, search and manage images, icons, fonts, audio, video, app documents.


Suitcase Fusion 8 from Extensis. 12 month subscription. Value $119.95.

Font management program that allows you to organize your fonts from one plane—including system fonts, purchased fonts, fonts synced from Adobe Typekit, Google fonts, etc.


Font Agent Pro 8 from Insider Software. Value $99.95

Windows font management that allows you to organize, distribute and control your fonts.


InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain. Value $90.00

Web hosting company.


DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription. Value $77.40

Suite of 14 different InDesign productivity tools.


Multi-Find/Change 3.0 from Automatication. Value $49.95

Extension for InDesign and InCopy that allows you to manage and execute Find/Change queries in batches rather than one at a time.


Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses. Value $44.00

Royalty-free, high-quality photos, videos, and illustrations.


InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription. Value $30.00

Monthly PDF publication devoted to InDesign how-tos, in-depth features, and quick tips.


LA Web Professionals Group meeting tickets. Value $7.99 (four raffles)

Adobe user group that meets monthly with an emphasis on web design, marketing and the latest internet trends.



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