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Hello Affinity Community,

We hope you kindly accept this suggestion and request,
As you know, Affinity has a lot of impact on the people in the Middle East area.

Accordingly, It would be quite nice to support the RTL writing direction for languages such as Arabic, Hebrew and Persian.

Kind Regards,

https://twitter.com/Artist_kw3,D/status/1356719251256709120?cd]s=20

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I don’t understand why voting was suggested in the Twitter thread. Serif have always made it very clear that new features are not added purely on the basis of the number of users supporting their introduction.

 


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7 minutes ago, Alfred said:

I don’t understand why voting was suggested in the Twitter thread. Serif have always made it very clear that new features are not added purely on the basis of the number of users supporting their introduction.

 

yes it is clear (if enough users wish for this feature it may be implemented)

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we need an RTL and ARABIC support we struggle every day to have a way around to complete our design with ARABIC language , we buy your product we support affinity with everything we have at least support our language.

 

thank you 

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31 minutes ago, Artist_kw3d said:

yes it is clear (if enough users wish for this feature it may be implemented)

If you demand a "vote", even though Serif has repeatedly stated, that similar referendums have no meaning in his decision-making, I am voting against the implementation of the RTL. I won't use it in any way, so I'll be happy if the features that most users use are implemented.


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1 minute ago, Pšenda said:

If you demand a "vote", even though Serif has repeatedly stated, that similar referendums have no meaning in his decision-making, I am voting against the implementation of the RTL. I won't use it in any way, so I'll be happy if the features that most users use are implemented.

yes the word vote is not the right one, i change the title of article

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As a big fan of Affinity's programs, and since I work on it on a daily basis, I always wished that Affinity photo would support writing in Arabic without the need for external programs, and every time a new update was issued, I expected Arabic writing to be supported in it, I hope this post will communicate our voice. And to finally get the awaited update

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17 minutes ago, Faisal tamimi said:

I hope this post will communicate our voice.

Just for the sake of interest, a lot of votes on this topic have been uttered and quite a long time ago.

https://www.google.com/search?q=rtl+languages+site%3Aforum.affinity.serif.com

For example:

 

 


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3 minutes ago, Artist_kw3d said:

a lot of people need and work with RTL

A lot of people need and work with LTR Indic scripts. A lot of people would like Korean, Polish and Romanian to be available as interface languages. A lot of people can’t wait to see support for footnotes and endnotes. A lot of people want ...


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10 minutes ago, Alfred said:

A lot of people need and work with LTR Indic scripts. A lot of people would like Korean, Polish and Romanian to be available as interface languages. A lot of people can’t wait to see support for footnotes and endnotes. A lot of people want ...

so you are in wrong article if you are not interested on RTL and if you want Korean and polish it would be nice to open your article on feedback, and be nicer if add to affinity 

 

you are in wrong article 

 

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1 minute ago, Artist_kw3d said:

so you are in wrong article if you are not interested on RTL

I didn’t say I’m not interested in RTL! I was simply pointing out that arguing in favour of a particular feature because a lot of people need or want it is not going to get us anywhere.


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4 minutes ago, Alfred said:

I didn’t say I’m not interested in RTL! I was simply pointing out that arguing in favour of a particular feature because a lot of people need or want it is not going to get us anywhere.

Nor is you arguing that it is not getting us anywhere, not helpful at all.!


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11 minutes ago, Alfred said:

I didn’t say I’m not interested in RTL! I was simply pointing out that arguing in favour of a particular feature because a lot of people need or want it is not going to get us anywhere.

ok so we need your support in RTL

if you want another language included please open article and it would be great  to added in update 🌹

for me affinity is a useful program and i expect to reach more languages in future, you can see my portfolio i use affinity photo in my final 3d render in behance

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1 minute ago, Artist_kw3d said:

ok so we need your support in RTL

I fully endorse the calls for RTL support in the Affinity apps, but there have been many threads about this and it has been made abundantly clear to us that such a feature will not be added in the near future. Serif added support for Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and one or two other RTL language for version X5 of some of their ‘legacy’ software products, but they depended on outside help and they dropped the feature for subsequent releases.


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On 3/2/2021 at 2:11 PM, Alfred said:

I fully endorse the calls for RTL support in the Affinity apps, but there have been many threads about this and it has been made abundantly clear to us that such a feature will not be added in the near future. Serif added support for Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and one or two other RTL language for version X5 of some of their ‘legacy’ software products, but they depended on outside help and they dropped the feature for subsequent releases.

You can't compare the new Affinity apps, to the old Serif Plus programs.

Affinity is very popular in the ME, even before supporting RTL. once RTL is implemented, Affinity will be the standard in graphic design very fast.

Can't wait to see Hebrew Support as part of the Affinity Feature set.

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I was about to purchase all three programs after I try them for a while, but I stopped when I realized that I can not write in Arabic. I have postponed the purchase until Arabic is supported.

I hope that happened soon .. because I'm sick of adobe Purchase policies.

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I agree. Add RTL. in this day and age with multi-channels and global audiences software should support both writing directions. in HTML it's a no-brainer, I am sure it's not that complicated adding this to the Text tool.

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On 3/16/2021 at 12:47 AM, migo33 said:

I am sure it's not that complicated adding this to the Text tool.

Let's consider Arabic and Persian: it is undoubtedly more difficult than LTR English as Arabic is cursive. If the letters are not joined when they are supposed to, it is a fault. There is the HarfBuzz library, which is certainly a big improvement on what was available before, and seems to be the 'go to answer' for anything RTL these days. Even so, it has its quirks. When trying to set poetry I continually end up with inconsistent kashidas.

Think about it. Affinity would have have a developer who knows about text handling, but who also knows about RTL text handling. Even somebody who is very competent with LTR languages programming would likely be lost with RTL.

I look forward to the day when Affinity does have RTL, but I am not holding my breath.

J.

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