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Type the Kurdish Language in Arabic, Roman, and Cyrillic Scripts, all in the same font!

LaserGreek in Unicode is available for Windows for Windows

LaserGreek in Unicode is available for Macintosh for Macintosh

Type right to left Kurdish (Soranţ), Arabic, and Persian with proper line wrap, full justification, automatic contextualization of  consonants, and proper positioning of vowels and  diacritic marks as you type. Then switch to Kurmanji and Yekgirt˙ or Cyrillic Kurdish without changing fonts.

LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows or Macintosh includes right-to-left, Unicode-encoded, TrueType« OpenTypeÖ fonts in 4 typestyles with all characters and diacritics for standard modern Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian (not Koranic Arabic). In addition, the fonts support Roman Kurdish (Kurmanji), Cyrillic Kurdish, plus English and other west European (Latin 1) languages.

Soranţ

Soranţ (Arabic-script Kurdish) sample

Kurmanji and Yekgirt˙

Kurmanji (Roman-script Kurdish) sample

Cyrillic

Cyrillic script Kurdish sample

The four fonts included in LaserKurdish in Unicode are
LateefiKurdishLSU
KitabiKurdishLSU
NargisiKurdishLSU
SarmastKurdishLSU

LateefiKurdishLSU

LateefiKurdishLSU sample

KitabiKurdishLSU

KitabiKurdishLSU sample

NargisiKurdishLSU

NargisiKurdishLSU font sample

SarmastKurdishLSU

SarmastKurdishLSU font sample

Users can type right to left with proper line wrap and full justification of Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian text. The fonts include OpenTypeÖ layout features that provide automatic contextualization of consonants and proper positioning of vowels and diacritic marks as you type. The user may switch back and forth between Kurdish (Arabic-script, Roman-script, or Cyrillic-script), Arabic, Persian, English, and the other supported Latin languages simply by toggling between the six included keyboard drivers, without changing fonts. When you select the Kurdish Soranţ, Arabic, or Persian keyboard, input will automatically be right to left. When you select the Kurmanji, Cyrillic, or English keyboard, the input direction will automatically change to left to right. Users may combine any of the supported languages with text from any other language or font supported by your computer's Operating System. All this can be done with your regular physical keyboard. You do not need to buy a special keyboard to use the LaserKurdish in Unicode fonts.

The Unicode encoding of these fonts means the Windows and Macintosh fonts are compatible for Kurdish (Soranţ, but not for Kurmanji or Cyrillic). Documents may be freely exchanged between Windows and Macintosh users, with no conversion or special handling necessary, as long as the fonts are installed and each user has a compatible application. (Please be sure you understand the System Requirements for Windows and Macintosh before you order.)

Languages supported by LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows and Macintosh:
bulletAfrikaans
bulletEnglish
bulletItalian
bulletPortuguese
bulletArabic
bulletFinnish
bulletKurdish (Cyrillic)
bulletSpanish
bulletBasque
bulletFrench
bulletKurdish (Kurmanji)
bulletSwedish
bulletCatalan
bulletGerman
bulletKurdish (Soranţ)
bulletTurkish
bulletDanish
bulletIcelandic
bulletNorwegian

  plus additional languages

bulletDutch
bulletIndonesian
bulletPersian

  covered by code page 1252

Kurdish languages (spellings and common misspellings) supported by the fonts:
bulletArbili
bulletHawar
bulletKurmanji
bulletSoranţ
bulletArdaiani
bulletJafi
bulletLaki
bulletSulaymani
bulletArdalani
bulletKermanji
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Mukri

bulletWarmawa
bulletBabani
bulletKirmanji
bulletMukriyani
bulletYekgirig
bulletBadinani
bulletKirmashani
bulletNorthern Kurdish
bulletYekgirtÝ
bulletCentral Kurdish
bulletKurdţ
bulletPizhdar
bulletYekgirt˙
bulletGarmiani
bulletKurmancţ
bulletShikaki
 
bulletGarmiyani
bulletKurmangi
bulletSorani
 

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Read here about the Windows product, or scroll down for the Macintosh product.

LaserArabic & Farsi in Unicode for Windows LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows

LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows provides four high-quality, Unicode-encoded Kurdish fonts (described above) in TrueType OpenType format for standard modern Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian, for typing right to left with proper line wrap and full justification. The fonts include OpenType layout features that provide automatic contextualization of consonants and proper positioning of vowels and diacritic marks as you type. The fonts make use of the OpenType shaping engine (Uniscribe) built into Windows 7, Vista, and XP. The fonts do not include the distinctive symbols of Koranic Arabic. LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows includes six keyboard layouts that provide four-characters-per-key input (instead of the normal two) in Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Three of the keyboards support Kurdish; one supports Arabic; one supports Persian; and one supports English and the other Latin 1 languages supported by the fonts.

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The KurdishLSU keyboard layout is for Arabic-script Kurdish (Soranţ) and is arranged phonetically to match the US keyboard as closely as possible.

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The KurdishRomLSU keyboard layout is similar to the US English keyboard layout, but it can also type Roman-script Kurdish (Kurmanji or Yekgirt˙).

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The KurdishCyrLSU keyboard layout is for Cyrillic-script Kurdish and is arranged phonetically to match the US keyboard as closely as possible.

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The ArabicLSU Qwerty keyboard layout is a phonetic layout with the Arabic sounds matched to the English (US) keyboard as closely as possible. This keyboard also supports Persian.

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The FarsiLSU Qwerty keyboard layout  is a phonetic layout with the Persian sounds matched to the English (US) keyboard as closely as possible. This keyboard also supports Arabic.

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The EnglishLS OT keyboard layout allows the user to type English and other western Latin-based languages easily. It allows the user to toggle from one of the Kurdish keyboards into the EnglishLS OT keyboard and type English, French, German, Spanish, etc., without changing fonts.

Windows System Requirements:
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Requires Windows 7, Vista, or XP.

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Requires installation into Windows XP of complex script supplemental language support. This requires your original Windows XP installation CD. Our Setup Instructions provide instructions for installing this Windows feature. This feature is built in to Windows 7 and Vista and does not need to be installed separately in those Operating Systems.

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This product will not work in any earlier version of Windows (2000/NT/Me/98/95/3.x).

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Requires Microsoft Office 2010, 2007, or 2003 (except PowerPoint 2003 is not compatible), or InDesign CS4, InDesign CS4-ME, OpenOffice 3.2, LibreOffice 3.3, or Lotus Symphony 3, or another Unicode-compatible and OpenType-aware application that similarly handles Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian vowels and accents.

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At this time we know of no other programs that support the OpenType features in these fonts, including QuarkXPress 7.0/8.0. (QuarkXPress 8.02 has been tested, and is not compatible.) There may be other software designed for Arabic or Persian that does support the OpenType features of the LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows fonts. If you discover any program that does support these features, please contact us!

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OpenOffice is a free office-compatible suite available for free download from www.openoffice.org.
LibreOffice is a free office-compatible suite available for free download from www.libreoffice.com.
Lotus Symphony is a free office-compatible suite available for free download symphony.lotus.com.

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Printing: The fonts will print to any Windows printer at the highest quality allowed by the printer.

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Documentation: All documentation, including a User's Manual, the Keyboard Layout Charts (showing placement of the characters on the keys), and a Troubleshooting Manual, is in Adobe« AcrobatÖ PDF format, and is installed into the Windows Start menu for easy access. Users may view the documentation on screen or print it using Acrobat Reader, available free online if you do not already have it.

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Compatibility with Macintosh Fonts: Documents containing Arabic-script Kurdish (Soranţ), Arabic, Persian, English and other Latin 1 languages created with these fonts are compatible with the Macintosh version of LaserKurdish in Unicode. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files back and forth between Windows and Macintosh if the system and application requirements are met on both computers. Documents containing Roman-script Kurdish (Kurmanji) and Cyrillic-script Kurdish may be transferred to a Macintosh user, but Macintosh documents containing these two scripts will not read correctly when transferred to Windows. Certain diacritics will not position correctly.

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LaserArabic & Farsi in Unicode for Windows

LaserKurdish in Unicode for Windows $149.95 Order

Do you need to upgrade? Check the current version number and a Release History.

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LaserArabic & Farsi in Unicode for MacintoshLaserKurdish in Unicode for Macintosh

LaserKurdish in Unicode for Macintosh provides four high-quality, Unicode-encoded Kurdish fonts (described above) in TrueType OpenType format for standard modern Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian, for typing right to left with proper line wrap and full justification (in Mellel, sold separately). The fonts include OpenType layout features which provide automatic contextualization of consonants and proper positioning of vowels and diacritic marks as you type. The fonts do not include the distinctive symbols of Koranic Arabic. LaserKurdish in Unicode for Macintosh includes five keyboard layouts. There are three Kurdish keyboard layouts—one for Arabic-script Kurdish (Soranţ), one for Roman-script Kurdish (Kurmanji), and one for Cyrillic-script Kurdish. A fourth keyboard is for Arabic, with a phonetic layout, and the fifth keyboard is for Persian, with a phonetic layout.

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The English-KurdishLSU keyboard layout is for Arabic-script Kurdish (Soranţ) and is arranged phonetically to match the US keyboard as closely as possible.

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The English-KurdishRomLSU keyboard layout is similar to the US English keyboard layout, but it can also type Roman-script Kurdish (Kurmanji or Yekgirt˙).

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The English-KurdishCyrLSU keyboard layout is for Cyrillic-script Kurdish and is arranged phonetically to match the US keyboard as closely as possible.

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The English-ArabicLSU Qwerty keyboard layout is a phonetic layout with the Arabic sounds matched to the English (US) keyboard as closely as possible.

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The English-FarsiLSU Qwerty keyboard layout  is a phonetic layout with the Persian sounds matched to the English (US) keyboard as closely as possible.

With each of the keyboards, the user can switch between English and Kurdish, English and Arabic, or English and Persian, by pressing the caps lock key. Type English when the caps lock key is up, and the other supported language when the caps lock key is down.

Macintosh System Requirements:
bulletOperating Systems
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Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

bulletApplications
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Requires Mellel, sold separately.

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Even applications that claim to be Unicode and OpenType compliant (e.g., QuarkXPress 7.0 or InDesign) may only support a limited range of Unicode characters or a limited set of OpenType features. Contact Linguist's Software about compatibility questions and about the availability of a non-Unicode version of this product that works in all applications.

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Documentation: All documentation, including a User's Manual and Keyboard Layout Charts (showing placement of the characters on the keys) is in Adobe« AcrobatÖ PDF format. Users may view the documentation on screen or print it, using Acrobat Reader, available free online if you do not already have it.

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Compatibility with Windows Fonts: Documents containing Arabic-script Kurdish (Soranţ), Arabic, Persian, English and other Latin 1 languages created with these fonts are compatible with the Windows version of LaserKurdish in Unicode. No conversion of files is necessary when transferring files back and forth between Windows and Macintosh if the system and application requirements are met on both computers. Documents containing Roman-script Kurdish (Kurmanji) and Cyrillic-script Kurdish may be transferred from a Windows user, but Macintosh documents containing these two scripts will not read correctly when transferred to Windows. Certain diacritics will not position correctly.

Purchase Now

LaserArabic & Farsi in Unicode for Macintosh

LaserKurdish in Unicode for Macintosh $149.95  Order

Mellel word processor for Mac OS X

Mellel $25 Order ($25 when ordered with this Macintosh product, $38 sold separately.)

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Also Available:
A non-Unicode-encoded version of our Kurdish fonts is available for Macintosh only:

bulletLaserKurdish for Macintosh

The LaserKurdish for Macintosh non-Unicode-encoded fonts are not interchangeable with LaserKurdish in Unicode fonts. However, both Unicode and non-Unicode versions of LaserKurdish may be installed on your system (since they have different file and font names) and may even be used in the same documents. The value of the non-Unicode-encoded LaserKurdish product is the fonts may be used in applications that do not support the OpenType features of LaserKurdish in Unicode for Macintosh. Note, however, non-Unicode LaserKurdish does not support right-to-left input.

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