InPage is a word processor and page layout software program for languages equivalent to Urdu, Balochi, Persian, Pashto, and Arabic underneath Windows and Mac, which was first developed in 1994. It’s primarily used for creating pages within the language of Urdu, utilizing the Nasta`līq (نستعلیق) (‘hanging’ calligraphic) fashion of Arabic script.
As a de facto normal Urdu publishing device, InPage has extensively used on PCs the place the person needs to create their paperwork in Urdu, utilizing the genuine fashion of Nastaliq with an unlimited ligature library (greater than 20,000), whereas conserving the show of characters on display WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get). General, this makes the on-screen and printed outcomes extra ‘devoted’ to hand-written calligraphy than all or most different Urdu software programs available on the market. That is achieved whereas conserving the operation straightforward, akin to earlier variations of normal English Desktop Publishing packages equivalent to QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.
Earlier than getting used inside InPage, the Noori fashion of Nastaliq, which was first created as a digital typeface (font) in 1981 using the collaboration of Mirza Ahmad Jamil TI (as calligrapher) and Monotype Imaging (previously Monotype Corp.), suffered from two issues within the Nineties: a) its non-availability on normal platforms equivalent to Home windows or Mac, and b) the non-WYSIWYG nature of textual content entry, whereby the doc needed to be created by instructions in Monotype’s proprietary page description language.
In 1994, an Indian software program growth crew – Idea Software program Pvt Ltd, led by Narendra Singh & Vijay Gupta, with the collaboration of a UK firm known as Multilingual Options led by Kamran Rouhi, developed InPage Urdu for Pakistan’s newspaper business, who up till that point had been utilizing massive groups of calligraphers to hand-write final minute corrections to textual content created underneath Monotype’s proprietary system. The Noori Nastaliq typeface was licensed for InPage from Monotype & augmented to be used as the principle Urdu font on this software program, together with 40 different non-Nastaliq fonts.
InPage is reported to be in use on tens of millions of PCs in Pakistan & India (primarily unlawful pirated model). It has additionally been extensively marketed & bought legally within the UK and India since 1994.
InPage launched its Model 3 at the ITCN exhibition, Asia, in Karachi, Pakistan, in August 2008. This model is Unicode based mostly, helps extra Languages, and different Nastaliq fonts with Kasheeda have been added to it together with OpenType Unicode fonts. Along with Arabic, Saraiki, Urdu, Persian & Pashto, different languages of the area, equivalent to Sindhi and Hazaragi, might be dealt with in InPage.