MetaDesign Solutions has always focused on developing world-class customized plug-ins for various Adobe Products which increase the productivity and efficiency of the end-users.

The most sought after feature by all end-users of InDesign and Illustrator working in Indo-Asian and other complex scripts was the correct rendering of the individual characters found in these scripts while typing.

IndicPlus is a linguistic plug-in from MetaDesign Solutions which makes both InDesign and Illustrator flawlessly render complex scripts, i.e. , IndicPlus plug-in adds to InDesign and Illustrator the most needed support for additional languages.

Languages suported in InDesign CS2, CS3

By installing IndicPlus in InDesign, one can accurately type Asian complex scripts like Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, to name a few. There is no other solution available in the world which makes InDesign support complex scripts in the CS2 or CS3 suite. Not only is IndicPlus available for the InDesign CS2,CS3 release versions, it is also available for InDesign Server CS2,CS3 versions.

Tamil Script InDesign CS4

Correct rendering of Tamil Script in InDesign

“The algorithm used in IndicPlus for the InDesign CS2/CS3 versions is quite complex. You have to take care of a lot of things while working with complex scripts in InDesign. The matras and conjunctions have different placement and visual rules in different complex scripts like Hindi and Tamil. However, the algorithm for IndicPlus is so beautifully developed that it single-handedly tackles the complexity involved in various Asian Scripts”, says Amit Gupta, the developer of IndicPlus algorithm in InDesign CS2, CS3.

“We  always had a dream that someday someone will come-out with a such a feature so that I would be able to effortlessly write Hindi in InDesign. With IndicPlus, its like a dream come true”, said Amritanshu Pandey from Creative Printers.

Tibetan Script InDesign CS4

Correct rendering of Tibetan script in InDesign

Languages suported in InDesign and Illustrator CS4, CS5

The number of languages supported by IndicPlus in InDesign and Illustrator CS4 & Cs5 are much more as compared to what were supported in CS2 & CS3. The total list of languages supported in CS4 and CS5 suites is above 21 in number. Some languages included in the list include the following languages:

Arabic, Assamese, Azeri, Bengali, Farsi, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer/Cambodian, Lao, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese, to name a few

Free trial versions of all plug-ins, including IndicPlus, from MetaDesign Solutions are available at the downloads page. MetaDesign encourages to try the plug-ins free of cost.

Although the IndicPlus plug-in for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator enables successful rendering of Hindi, Arabic, Tamil and other complex scripts in all InDesign suites, namely CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5, however, the method of application of this plug-in is different in different suites. Unlike the InDesign CS4 & CS5 versions of IndicPlus, the IndicPlus plug-in is not available as a separate menu item in the CS2 & CS3 suites.

Application of IndicPlus Plug-in in InDesign CS2/CS3 Suites

To apply IndicPlus paragraph settings on InDesign CS3, click on the “Window” option in the InDesign menubar, choose “Types & Tables” and finally “Paragraph


This opens the “Paragraph” dialogue box of InDesign. Click on the top-right hand side of this dialogue box. Off the the various InDesign document paragraph-composing options, choose “IndicPlus Composer”, as shown below:


You can now successfully type in all complex scripts in this text box.


This is it. Now you can easily type or import complex scripts with Unicode fonts like Hindi into InDesign CS2/CS3 Suites using the IndicPlus plugin.