Adobe InCopy

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Adobe InCopy
Adobe InCopy CS6 (Icon).png
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Stable release CC 2014 / June 18, 2014 (2014-06-18)
Operating system
Type Word processor
License Trialware

Adobe InCopy is a professional word processor made by Adobe Systems. It integrates with Adobe InDesign. InDesign is used to publish printed material, including newspapers and magazines, whereas InCopy is used for general word processing. InCopy was not included in any Creative Suite edition prior to its release on the Adobe Creative Cloud.

InCopy enables editors to write, edit, and design documents. The software includes standard word processing features such as spell check, change tracking and word count, and has various viewing modes that allow editors to visually inspect design elements in relation to publication layouts.

Viewing modes[edit]

InCopy has three viewing modes: Story mode, galley mode and layout mode. The story mode is for reading and editing text in a screen-wide view without page formattings. The galley mode displays text without page formatting but with line numbers and the same line breaks seen in the layout mode. Both galley and story views show the names of the style sheets applied to the text but do not display the actual formatting. The layout mode shows the true page design layout along with images and overset text.

Although InCopy can be used as a word processor (with full printing and exporting functions), it is primarily used to integrate with the Adobe InDesign. Once integrated, writers, editors and designers can simultaneously work on the same page; the designer creates the page layout with InDesign, while editors simultaneously edit different stories with InCopy, via the Adobe LiveEdit rights management system. Publishers often use a publishing system including workflow- and rights-management to the design and editing capabilities of the publishing system software.

Internationalization and localization[edit]

Language availability[edit]

Adobe InCopy is available in the following languages: Arabic (Middle Eastern version), Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew (Middle Eastern version), Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

Specific features for Arabic and Hebrew languages[edit]

The Middle Eastern versions are specifically developed for Arabic and Hebrew languages.

Text settings[edit]

InCopy Middle Eastern versions come with special settings for laying out Arabic or Hebrew text, such as:

  • Possibility to use Arabic, Persian or Hindi digits
  • Use kashidas for letter spacing and full justification
  • Ligature option
  • Set vowels /diacritics positioning
  • Justify text in three possible ways to get the results you want (Standard, Arabic, Naskh)
  • Option to "Insert Special Character": three Hebrew characters (Geresh, Gershayim, Magaf) and an Arabic one (Kashida)
  • Apply standard, Arabic or Hebrew styles for page, paragraph and footnote numbering

Bi-directional text flow[edit]

In InCopy Middle Eastern versions, the notion of right-to-left behaviour applies to several objects: Story, Paragraph, Character and Table. You can easily mix Right-to-Left and Left-to-Right Words, Paragraphs and Stories in a document.

Dictionary and hyphenation module[edit]

InCopy Middle Eastern versions come with a comprehensive dictionary for Arabic allowing you to spell check Arabic text with a choice of rules, like Strict Aleef Hamza, Strict Final Yaa, both or none. Depending on your system capabilities, InCopy comes with a Dictionary and Hyphenation Module for Hebrew.

Enhanced font support[edit]

InCopy Middle Eastern versions support most fonts shipped with the OS as well as a large number of third party fonts widely used by graphic designers in the Middle Eastern regions.


You can search for and change specific occurrences of Middle Eastern characters, words, groups of words, or text formatted a certain way across a selection, one or more stories, a document, or multiple open documents. You can also search for other items, including OpenType attributes such as fractions and swashes.

Importing and exporting[edit]

InCopy Middle Eastern versions bring the capability of opening directly and converting QuarkXPress files, even using Arabic XT, Arabic Phonyx or Hebrew QXPressWay fonts, retaining the layout and content. InCopy Middle Eastern versions come with more than 50 import/export filters enabling you to place many kinds of images and Roman texts: Microsoft Word 97-98-2000 Import filter and Text Import filter. The Middle Eastern versions are also available for Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Creative Suite (Design Standard, Design Premium, Web Premium).


Although its title includes "CS6", initially the software was not included as part of Adobe's Creative Suite package. It was released in the Adobe Creative Cloud in June 2013.

See also[edit]

  • Quark CopyDesk - another professional word processing software, first released in 1991


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