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Publisher 2010

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  • With Microsoft Publisher 2010, you can easily communicate your message in a variety of publication types, saving you time and money
  • Easily swap out pictures while preserving the look and layout of your publication with new and improved photo-editing tools
  • Transform and customize ordinary text into fine typography with new OpenType fonts
  • Preview built-in templates, customize content with ease and review for design and layout mistakes before printing
  • Align objects, images or text boxes easier with improved object alignment technology and guides
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  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 3 cm ; 27 g
  • ASIN: B0039L6FRE
  • Release Date: June 15 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stu on Oct. 21 2010
After spending approximately 40 hours working in the 2010 version of the program (we have been using this product since the 2003 version), here are my initial observations:

PROS
1. It is definitely more stable and it is more integrated into the Office suite
2. It has lots of little additions that make using it much easier - for example, it has no problems with a bilingual document and switches keyboard, language and speller seamlessly. Changing pictures is a snap and you can link an Excel table to Publisher - change numbers in Excel and when you open Publisher, it updates your Excel tables. Excellent.
3, It is much easier to use than a real publishing solution such as InDesign, which has a really steep learning curve and costs about $1K more per license. If you know Word, you can use this product. Everyone in your business can use Publisher, while very few will have the knowledge to use a professional desktop publishing software solution such as InDesign by Adobe. This is a really big advantage from both a cost and time perspective.
4. The learning curve is very low, especially if you are already familiar with the Ribbon.
5. Contrary to popular belief and snickering on the part of printing houses and so-called experts, Publisher does a very good job at creating documents for printing at a professional printing house - it has Pantone and CMYK built into it and an excellent commercial printing wizard - our documents are of the quality of, for example, The Missing Manual series, using full colour. Some of our printers cannot believe that our documents were created in Publisher.
6. If you need to make a lot of changes to a document to satisfy clients, Publisher makes it really easy - but it is flawed, some basic automated functions do not exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Teichrieb on Nov. 6 2013
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This is far better than the new month to month fees that have been implemented by Microsoft Office. Very happy with this product (it was brand new and in it's original packaging).
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By Diane Elkin on Feb. 5 2013
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I use this all the time - I wish I could experiment more with some of the tools embedded in the product, but sometimes do not have the time or the vehicle to use them.
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By Amazon Customer on Jan. 22 2013
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I'm a very creative person, and I actually use Publisher instead of Word more often than not. I've used it to create Sunday School documents, lessons, newsletters, coloring pages for my kids. Can't go wrong.
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333 of 341 people found the following review helpful
OK but falls short in several areas - it is a disappointment. Oct. 24 2010
By Stu - Published on Amazon.com
I originally wrote this up on Amazon.ca a few days ago and thought that, since most readers would not go to the Canadian site, this review would be helpful posted here for a larger audience.

After spending approximately 40 hours working in the 2010 version of the program (we have been using this product since the 2003 version), here are my initial observations:

PROS
1. It is definitely more stable and it is more integrated into the Office suite
2. It has lots of little additions that make using it much easier - for example, it has no problems with a bilingual document and switches keyboard, language and speller seamlessly. Changing pictures is a snap and you can link an Excel table to Publisher - change numbers in Excel and when you open Publisher, it updates your Excel tables. Excellent.
3, It is much easier to use than a real publishing solution such as InDesign, which has a really steep learning curve and costs about $1K more per license. If you know Word, you can use this product. Everyone in your business can use Publisher, while very few will have the knowledge to use a professional desktop publishing software solution such as InDesign by Adobe. This is a really big advantage from both a cost and time perspective.
4. The learning curve is very low, especially if you are already familiar with the Ribbon.
5. Contrary to popular belief and snickering on the part of printing houses and so-called experts, Publisher does a very good job at creating documents for printing at a professional printing house - it has Pantone and CMYK built into it and an excellent commercial printing wizard - our documents are of the quality of, for example, The Missing Manual series, using full colour. Some of our printers cannot believe that our documents were created in Publisher.
6. If you need to make a lot of changes to a document to satisfy clients, Publisher makes it really easy - but it is flawed, some basic automated functions do not exist. Your alternative is to do everything in a competing product like InDesign.
7. Publisher is very affordable compared to InDesign and if you are prepared to invest your sweat and time into manually manipulating each page, it probably is a very good solution (see the Cons about automation however).

CONS
1. It still is NOT a real desktop solution. You need to write all of your documentation in Word first, then design your template and move everything from Word to Publisher. Trying to import a Word document with pictures, tables etc. is a nightmare (believe me on this one). Write your text in Word and import it, but add your tables, pictures etc directly from within Publisher. This tip alone is worth money in terms of saved time and frustration - donations are, of course, accepted :-).
2. The help files are completely and totally useless - there is no detailed information on all of the features (SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT). I have to use Word help files to get information on using specific elements of Styles for example - fortunately, if you know Word, many of the functions are the same. I sometimes use a Word reference manual to find more information on a Publisher function - wow!
3. You can see literally that Microsoft is still not really supporting this product - with the dearth of comprehensive help files, it feels still like an orphan and it still seems to be oriented towards greeting cards and newsletters and very short documents (think twice about writing a training manual of 200 pages for example, it is really time consuming - as some basic automated functions do not exist and you need to do each page manually). Too bad, the product merits more attention as it is a very complimentary extension of Office.
4. Lacks automation - this is a very serious drawback. Publisher 2010 lacks some really basic functions - for example, it cannot create a table of contents, although it offers some table of content templates that you can fill in manually. Importing a table of contents from Word will save a bit of time, but you still have to manually type in the page numbers in the table of contents if you change anything -which means that if you add in some pages, you need to manually enter the changes such as new titles and page numbering, into the Table of Contents and redo all of the numbering manually - ouch! Very time consuming and creates the conditions for errors slipping in with page numbers, table references etc.
5. Because of the lack of automation, you need Word to make this product shine but, importing from Word is very time consuming. Sometimes, when updating a manual, we simply do the changes in Word and re-import what we change (like a table of contents) ... but if you have a lot of changes throughout a document and not just the Table of Contents, then you are better off simply starting a NEW publisher file using the custom template you created AND, just so you know, importing is very problematic and time consuming as Publisher dumps everything into a single text box when it imports (it chains the text boxes onto other pages to accommodate your content). It does NOT convert your Word template into a Publisher template.
6. Publisher still seems oriented towards very SHORT documents, say 20 pages or so. For example, automated page numbering is still basic and this is not acceptable - you can only place automated page numbering in the headers or footers, you cannot place them halfway down the page for example, as many textbooks or manuals use today, unless you are prepared to manually enter the numbers yourself. You CANNOT generate a Table of Figures or a Table of Pictures or an Index - it needs to be done manually, just like the Table of Contents. By the way Microsoft, you are not serious about this product when I see basic functions like these still unavailable in Publisher (see Con item number 4 above). I had such high hopes that this functionality would be added - but alas this is still a crippled product.
7. Oh yes, you cannot merge two or more documents - you need to follow an obscure and intimidating process that someone created in a user forum - it works, but it is scary and you should not have to be forced to do this. Why is this is a problem? Well, Publisher can only handle documents up to about 100 pages or it freezes or does not load, so you need to divide longer documents and then merge them by converting everything to PDF and using Adobe pro or similar software to merge your PDF files. This is what we have been doing for the past several years - it works very well, but you should be able to merge two or three documents that are less than 100 pages, right?
8. The master pages function is still really flaky and un-intuative. I have yet to figure out how to copy master pages from one document to another in 2010 - and before criticizing me on this, I can tell you from experience that the "switching template" function within Publisher 2010, for example a document submitted by another user using a generic Publisher Template, does NOT work with complex customized templates, it only works with simple templates.
9. You can send your content and template to a professional designer who can convert your file to an InDesign or Quark document with a special add-in (interesting that this exists for designers who pay for this add-in; this means that there are a lot of small companies like us that use Publisher primarily for desktop publishing - ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION MICROSOFT?) - however, you CANNOT take your designer's content and convert to Publisher (you have to manually created a template, or master page, within Publisher). This is a real pain as you then become totally reliant on your designer (we use one as a sub-contractor) to make changes using InDesign and this is very expensive and frustrating for them and for you. You can send them your Publisher files but they cannot return the favour basically. So, for some of our documents, we are stuck with outsourcing or rewriting in Word and then going through the entirely un-automated process of importing the Word document (as noted earlier, everything dumps into a text-box which expands onto multiple pages for a long document - you then hope that you do not have too much manipulation).
10. Lastly, and maybe fatally for the future of the product and its attractiveness, there are no really comprehensive third-party support reference books out there - there is no Wiley, or O'Reilly or even Microsoft Inside-Out reference manuals - you really are on your own and have to rely on user forums for help.

We still find Publisher useful enough that we continue to use it in our small business but Microsoft still does not seem to take this product very seriously, at least from what we perceive. Like I noted earlier, this is really too bad because the product has so much potential.
97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
The Best and Easiset to Use Desktop Publishing Program Gets Even Better July 8 2010
By Mark Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Good Program July 19 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I've used Publisher for about 10 years and upgraded to 2010 from 2000. I definately recommend the upgrade to anyone using 2000. Although I've used the program for a long time it has been for the same purpose, writing a monthly newsletter that includes text and photographs and is emailed in pdf format. The improvements in Publisher make my job much easier and faster. For example, I can save my file as a pdf and Publisher compresses files as well as the Adobe Acrobat Professional program I was using for that purpose. The difference is Publisher is faster. In fact, the program seems much more responsive than 2000 for pretty much everything I do. I'm not a big fan of the "ribbon" interface but I like using one standard interface and since I have Office 2007 this program provides that continuity. In terms of function, the ribbon makes most things a little easier and a few things a little harder. That said, I have 10 years with the old interface and a few weeks with the new. I'll adjust quickly. Still the ribbon is a case of fixing something that wasn't broke rather than fixing something that is broken. I'm talking about the help feature which IMO isn't and has never been very helpful.

I had no problems loading the program and no problems with printing. I'm using Win 7 and have a fairly new computer. I ordered from Amazon. I always seem to have a good experience with Amazon and this was no exception. Fast delivery and produce arrived in perfect condition.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Publisher 2010 is not good April 17 2011
By William E. Bryson - Published on Amazon.com
I've used Publisher for 12 years to publish a magazine and I love the program. However I hate the 2010 version. MS has reworked what was a great program and fixed things that were not broken. They eliminated good tools from the 2000, 2003, 2007 versions for the sake of making change in my opinion. The new ribbon style toolbars makes it harder and far more time consuming to use than the older versions and if you want help it's practically non-existant. There was no comprehensive manual on the market for months so after waiting 6+ months I bought the first real manual from a Shelly Cashman series of textbooks. There is a basic version ($50) and a complete version ($85). I found the complete version a complete waste of money. It was apparent it was written by a team of scholars with lots of theory concepts and no experience. It's well illustrated, but redundant and very low level.

So I'm using 2010 and 2007 together which fortunetely the programs allow opening either one, so far with no hiccups. There are a few good features in 2010 that I do like, but the older versions are faster and have the features I depend on.

I've tried Pagemaker 6, Quark and In Design and find them all over rated and way over priced. In Design has a steep learning curve and it took me 3 days to assemble a 32 page magazine with it, whereas I do it all in Publisher in 4-5 hours. I saw a few reviews here saying you need to write in Word and transfer your work in. That's not true at all. I don't use Word hardly at all and do everything in Publisher including advertising design. At present I'm also writing a 400 page technical textbook and it's all being done in Publisher. The reason is the illustrations, photos and charts work in Publisher but don't work well in Word.

I'll continue to use 2010 but I'm asking MS to ask the people who use their programs more before they re-design a product that works. It's still a good program but 2007 is better.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I've always loved Publisher Oct. 17 2011
By Pat Hazdovac - Published on Amazon.com
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I've used this product from its beginnings. I love it, and this version is worth the price. I use it for our club newsletter and can produce an amazing newsletter with a minimum of angst. I will say that you must have Office installed on your computer or Pubisher will not install.....and it won't tell you why, which is kind of rude, and a waste of time. But if you can get past that barrier you are good to go.

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