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  • Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

    Does ANYONE know of an alternative to Publisher? I have a couple of people that think they are doing me an immense favor by doing their own work and bringing in the Publisher files which we go round and round about to get them to convert to PDFs that still might not work or tend to loose text and what not. Anyway I am looking for at the very least a work around or to find the person that created the program so I can beat them over the head.
    Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

    Publisher 2007 seems to work the best of all versions. I've a PSPP since
    2000 and this is the closet to working they have come yet.

    Dennis W. Ewing Sr
    Ewing and Sons Printing
    12000 Crownpoint, #130
    San Antonio, TX 78233
    dennisewing@satx.rr.com
    ewingandsons@satx.rr.com
    210/650-5311
    210/650-9916 Fax

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    • #3
      Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

      Sorry but no alternative here, we use Punisher 2003 with Windows XP Professional. We print to a PDF using the Scitex Dolev PS L2 ppd. Usually the PDFs still needs to be tweaked in Acrobat/PitStop. If you ever do find the creator of this dismal software, you can sell tickets good for one head bash each. You should be quite wealthy when all is said and done. Maybe its the same guy who created PowerPoint!

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      • #4
        Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

        Back in The Day, I made good use of the "promotional sticker" that came with the PSPP version, thusly:

        [http://mywebpages.comcast.net/fubarg...her_inbox.jpg]

        ;\

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        • #5
          Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

          Try Serif PagePlus X2 which has lots more features than creaky old Publisher and can import and export PDF's.
          www.serif.com or try a free download (not a trial, but fully functional) copy of an earlier version from www.freeserifsoftware.com
          Not quite Indesign but much better than Publisher. Try out the filter effects!

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          • #6
            Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

            Does it support transparency, or PDF 1.4 yet?

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            • #7
              Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

              I've been using Scribus for some professional printing. It's a work-in-progress but preflights and builds PDF's natively.

              http://www.scribus.net

              Don't let the fact that it is free to download scare you.

              I recommend it to customers (non-profits, etc) who cannot afford the non-free ones.

              Edited by: DoctorVesuvius on Oct 11, 2007 4:33 PM (added "non-profits, etc.")

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              • #8
                Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                Yes the latest version of Pageplus which is called X2 can make and import all your PDFX1A files and has a whole host of features that even some high end packages don't have. The PDF import feature even allows you to edit imported PDF's It has full transparency support, and output to press with CMYK and spot colour pantone palettes. Amazing wee bit of kit for only about 60 quid. They even have their own forums for it over at Serif.

                I used to think Coreldraw was good but the current version is terrible and unstable. Stick Publisher back in the office drawer where it belongs.

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                • #9
                  Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                  I heard a rumor that Adobe might be planning to market PageMaker to the Publisher market -- or something similar. Has anyone else heard this?

                  Also, on the Scribus -- I would be interested to hear if others have had any success with it.

                  Judy

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                  • #10
                    Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                    Here is another method of making PDF files from Publisher. I heard about it from a printer in Oklahoma who gets a lot of Publisher files and he said it works great. It is a windows printer installer called Primo PDF.

                    http://www.primopdf.com/

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                    • #11
                      Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                      HI Dustin, we certainly don't advocate the use of Publisher, but we do have several customers that manage to provide very good PDFs from it when they follow our set of procedures (and own a full version of Acrobat). If you're al all interesed, I'd be happy to forward our procedures to you if you contact me off line. You didn't mention which version of Publisher you specifically cursed, anything pre-2003 wasn't even capable of creating a process colour PostScript file, which is why we declined accepting the older versions. Spot colours are a definate challenge, we try and discourage all but the most advanced Publisher users from attempting this, especially where spot colour images are concerned. I look forward to testing the Desktop Publishing options the other members have suggested.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                        First of all, I never let Office products convert to CMYK. I always let (make) Adobe do that job for me. So just leave color as RGB in Office.

                        I use PDFMaker plugin to make PDFX-1a from Microsoft Office programs. It is installed with Adobe Acrobat Professional.
                        It uses sRGB IEC61966-2.1 for the RGB profile (perfect for the untagged RGB to assume that's given by Microsoft), and a TR001 (SWOP) profile for CMYK (so converts sRGB IEC61966-2.1 to SWOP profile using Relative Colorimetric Intent).

                        When I tested PrimoPDF, it looks like it uses the same profiles because the color I get from it is really close to what I get from PDFMaker plugin.

                        Don

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                        • #13
                          Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                          There is no substance to that rumor whatsoever.

                          - Dov

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                          • #14
                            Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                            Don -- are you saying that this PrimoPDF might be an o.k. recommendation
                            for folks who won't purchase the full version of Acrobat? I trust your
                            judgement. Judy

                            >When I tested PrimoPDF, it looks like it uses the same profiles because
                            >the color I get from it is really close to what I get from PDFMaker plugin.

                            --


                            -
                            Sir Speedy Printing
                            1011 Burke Street * Winston-Salem, NC 27101
                            (336) 722-4109 * FAX (336) 722-5446
                            mailto:judyj@sirspeedywinston-salem.com
                            http://www.sirspeedywinston-salem.com

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                            • #15
                              Re: Alternatives to Punisher I mean Publisher

                              I can't claim to be the guy who created Publisher, but I am now the Group Program Manager for the team. Thanks, Dennis, for the recognition for the improvements that went into Publisher 2007. I expect that for this crowd, the free Microsoft add-in to generate PDF directly from Publisher and other Office client applications is the biggest improvement. (Available for 2007 Microsoft Office users from [www.microsoft.com/downloads|http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...isplayLang=en])

                              I can't offer to provide customer support directly for you guys, but I am definitely interested in your thoughts on things we can improve in the software in coming versions. Feel free to email me directly.

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