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The Best and Easiset to Use Desktop Publishing Program Gets Even Better,
This review is from: Microsoft Publisher 2010 (Software)I have been using Publisher for about 10 years and have come to rely on it, primarily for business documents such as training guides and promotional items for my software business. I think that the 2010 Version of Publisher is a worthwhile upgrade from previous versions.
I happen to be one of the people who like the "Ribbon" interface that was introduced in MS Word 2007 and has now been extended to Publisher. I can easily find most common tools and features on the ribbon and customize it as required if there is a ribbon element missing from those I use frequently. There is a much improved "File" tab (or "Backstage View" as MS calls it) with easier access to various printing, saving and sending options. Unlike another review I read here, I had no problems whatsoever printing both paper and .PDF versions of my Publisher documents on both my Xerox and Epson printers with zero configuration*. In fact, printing is improved as there is now top-level control over things such as duplexing (double-siding- if your printer supports it) without having to set a default printer for a document and then go into the Printer Properties to select features. There is also a great new, accurate and large print preview right next to all of the Publisher printer controls.
Other improvements include better font previews including support for OpenType fonts. I find that the layout tools are improved too, with better accuracy and display of the alignment of various document elements. There are some great new templates and more available online. Photo/graphic editing tools are also improved, and the whole program just seems easier to work with while it works better for me. I also find that more web services than ever (Internet faxing and printing services) accept the upload of Publisher documents in their native format, without the need to export them into .PDF or other formats.
I am impressed with the 2010 version of Publisher and recommend it as a worthwhile upgrade or as an excellent new product for desktop publishing for everything from postcards and training manuals to greeting cards and signs. I bought mine as part of MS Office 2010 Professional Suite as opposed to buying it as a standalone item, but I think it's worthwhile either way.
Publisher is easily one of my favorite pieces of software (and I use a lot of software). I wholeheartedly recommend it if you have need of a great desktop publishing app.
*(As an aside, I sell and support a specialized piece of law software. We have thousands of users who have no printing issues, but I know of a handful who cannot print .PDFs with our built-in .PDF add-on, no matter what we have tried. We usually then have them install a different, free PDF printer software. I believe that such quirks are a result of some corruption of the installation and/or of a corruption of the Windows operating system. Let's face it, if the user base is many thousands- and for a product like Publisher, many hundreds of thousands, and a few people can't print, what do you blame- the software or the environment it is installed into?)
Update 3/11: I still like and recommend Publisher for the types of tasks I mention above. I do not think it would be a great tool for really long documents. I have used MS Word in the past for 85+ page proposals and would NOT recommend Publisher for such things. Even Word had problems generating a good table of contents and other technical parts of long documents. I have never created a Publisher Document longer than 15 or so pages. If you are looking for something to publish your magnum opus on, look to something like Quark or InDesign- just be ready to pay 5X more for it and spend a lot of time learning. Publisher is for the rest of us.
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Initial post: Jul 15, 2010 11:54:31 AM PDT
R. Angeloni says:
I have used Pagemaker 7 for many years to produce simple newsletters and fliers, etc. I just bought a Windows 7 computer and Pagemaker will not work on it. I have a trial version of Publisher and it seems easy to use. I know Pagemaker is a much more powerful product, but do you know how it compares with Publisher? I really don't want to spend big bucks for InDesign if Publisher will fit my needs.
Thanks for your help.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2010 2:09:17 PM PDT
Mark Rogers says:
Unfortunately, I have never used Pagemaker, so I can't give you a good comparison. I can say that at one point, a graphics pro friend recommended Quark & Illustrator to me- and I found Publisher MUCH easier to learn & use. I am sure that Quark & Illustrator are great pieces of software- but I am not a graphics pro- I am a jack-of-all-trades in my little world. Publisher (with a little Photoshop on the side) does about everything I need and was easy enough to grasp that I could learn what I needed to know on the fly.
You might consider an older version of Publisher first- they may be cheaper to try if you don't want to lay-out the cost of Publisher or Office 2010.
'Best of luck!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2010 9:20:57 AM PDT
R. Angeloni says:
Thanks for the info. I think Publisher would be fine for my purposes. Pagermaker was THE top choice for graphic artists in its day. Programs like InDesign and Illustrator are awesome (I use them a bit at work), but probably not necessary for the kinds of projects I have. It looks like Publisher has come a long way since I first looked at it several years ago, so I'll get the full version when my free trial is up.
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