Hello friends. After a hiatus of about a year (cataracts operations restored vision, and the Japan earthquake survived!) I am back here on these Typophile Arabic Forums that I had the pleasure to help initiate with colleagues.
I am a bit puzzled about the behavior of some Arabic fonts on the Mac and how to generate Arabic fonts that work properly on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and using the Arabic (QWERTY) input method. Here are some questions:
1- On some applications like TextEdit and Photoshop my fonts display properly, but on others such as Pages or OpenOffice the complex script is outputted with the letters disconnected. This is not a problem with the applications themselves because Arabic fonts supplied by Apple like Al Bayan and Baghdad display properly there. I looked at Al Bayan and it has no classes whatsoever yet it works perfectly. This is puzzling!
2- On some applications like GIMP the keyboard does not even type Arabic at all.
3- Is there a Fontlab setting or workaround that allows generation of OT Arabic fonts that work on the Mac?
Many thanks for your experience with these issues and how to resolve them.