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However, if you need a layout that is more sophisticated than Word can provide, Publisher is definitely a good choice. Certainly it is not a threat to Adobe InDesign in the digital print industry, but if you need to quickly assemble leaflets, newsletter, posters, stickers, logos, banners and the like, the publisher can help you - and its ease in comparison to the big name in digital print can actually be seen as an asset.
It can be collected as part of an Office 365 plan or as part of a one-time Office 2019 purchase. 2. Although Publisher is able to create more sophisticated layout than Word, its user surface is actually simpler and less clear - everything you need, from margins to shadowing to text reformatting, is readily available.
As with most Office 365 apps, the top of the Publisher Ribbon menus change with context: choose a text field and you'll get a different choice of choices than when you choose an Image. Functions and menus (some taken from Word, others from PowerPoint) make orientation easier.
When you seriously want to use Publisher as a desktops application, you will want to customize the user experience to your own needs, and Publisher makes it possible - to some degree. No matter if you've worked with such a set of files or not, you can quickly create something quite stunning, either from the front or with one of the many layouts provided by Publisher.
Talking about template, the selection of schemas available under the Page Design tabs makes it very simple to customize the colour schemes throughout the entire repository - something that experienced designer would probably mock, but a gimmick that could be very useful for the occasional user out there (which of course will draw the publisher anyway).
Based on this, Publisher provides everything you need to produce relatively complicated layout. However, it is a very high starting level: experienced pros will not use publishers, many folks will just stay with Word, and that will leave a small alcove of clients who want to mess with small desk top printing - think of Kirchenmagazin, not domestic newspapers.
What we like is the way you can select style, borders, fonts, column, and pretty much anything else from a drop-down list, with dialogs available as needed. Functions such as dropping cap, text orientation, syllable separation rule and coloring go beyond what Word has to say. We' d like to see more in terms of imaging and creating graphic vectors - you can't put together a fast logotype in Publisher - but Microsoft doesn't seem to be in a hurry to clutter this application with bots of stuff.
There' certainly some kind of overlap with the lay-out tool you get in Word, but if you need precise controls over where each item goes - especially when it comes to interacting text with graphs - or specific publishing capabilities like using pantones or CMYK colouring, Publisher is the solution. Imagine Word for text-heavy document and Publisher for everything with more pictures or more creatively laid out.
When it comes to publishers, you don't get help that is as easy to use as anywhere else in Office, and you don't get the same shared and collaborative editing tool. Indeed, some of the tabbed pages in the Ribbon menus may look rather scanty, as if they lacked some option. However, Publisher allows you to produce some very compelling page layout, from a one-page poster to a 50-page brochure - and you don't have to be a desktop publishing professional.
This is the cornerstone that this Office 365 feature is continuing to build, although it should not be expected to be equipped with many new functions in the near term. The Publisher is something of a one-off in the Office 365 Suite because Microsoft doesn't create web applications or portable applications for the bundle - you're busy with Windows and Mac OS applications and that's it.
Actually, this is probably a smart choice as the enhanced layouts you get here are not really well suited for the web or smaller displays. Not even the standard OneDrive connectivity - you can store and retrieve data in OneDrive from all your equipment, but you cannot use OneDrive to automatically store your work or work with others on publisher docs in near-real time.
In OneDrive, Publisher file will not open on the web. And even if no one really wants to create pages in a web browsing experience or on a smart phone, it feels a little like Publisher is the lost member of the Office 365 range. As part of an Office 365 business bundle, Microsoft Publisher is available for 7.90 per person per monthly (plus VAT) or 8.25 per person per monthly in the U.S. if you purchase once a year.
The Publisher is a strange one because Word covers most of the fundamentals of desk top printing, and there is no way that a reputable professional publisher would consider this useful, say Adobe InDesign. This brings publishers into a very tight niche, but to their merit, the functions it offers are intuitively operable and able to achieve some very beautiful results.
When your small company gets into some try desktop publishing work then publishers will have most of the corners cover for you. However, at most it is a welcome addition to the Office Core Pack, and not something that will persuade you to buy Office 365 at all.