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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

what is Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing application from Microsoft. It is an entry-level application, differing from Microsoft Word in that the emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing. The current version is Microsoft Publisher 2010 for Windows; there is no version for Macintosh.

In Microsoft Office 2007, Publisher retained the traditional toolbar of previous Office versions, unlike other Office 2007 programs, which featured the new ribbon interface. Microsoft Publisher 2010 contains the new ribbon interface.

Publisher is included in higher-end editions of Microsoft Office, reflecting Microsoft's emphasis on the application as an easy-to-use and less expensive alternative to the "heavyweights," with a focus on the small business market where firms do not have dedicated design professionals available to make marketing materials and other documents.However, it has a relatively small share of the desktop publishing market, which is dominated by Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.Publisher has historically been less well liked among high-end commercial print shops, compared with other desktop publishing applications.

Publisher's position as an entry-level application aggravates many issues (particularly in older versions) such as fonts unavailable and embedded objects not available on service providers' machines. Instead, Publisher comes with tools to pack related files into a self-expanding application. Many higher end features like transparency, object shadowing, slugs, text on paths, and built-in PDF output were either not fully-functional or unavailable in previous versions


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