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Old 02-15-2005, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default SOS! MS Publisher file!

An ad for a full colour newsletter I'm doing has arrived, late, as a MS Publisher file (strictly forbidden in the specifications). I'd send it back, but there's no way the amateur client of the client will get it done in Word or something I can read, and get it back to me.

It's 70mm x 210mm, and only 56KB, so the quality's going to be hopeless anyway. The thing is, he didn't provide a paper copy either, so I have no idea what it's supposed to look like.

Can I ask someone with MS Publisher to convert it to Acrobat so I can re-set it?

Or is there a utility for either Mac or Windows that will open .pub files?

Please post here if you're prepared to do this, and provide your e-mail address via a private message.

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Old 02-15-2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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I think Mac used to have MS Publisher hanging around. ??

   
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I think Mac used to have MS Publisher hanging around. ??
Steve R found Publisher on his machine and wrestled the file to the ground for me. He also mentioned Mac as a possible fixer-upper, so I'm now hearing not one, but two sighs of relief from Mac. <ggg>

The file is as vile as I expected, btw. ;-)

   
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The file is as vile as I expected, btw. ;-)
We feel your pain! I suspect everyone here has been in your shoes a time or two.

   
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We feel your pain! I suspect everyone here has been in your shoes a time or two.
Well, I had to contact my client to get a phone number for the advertiser, because the ad (for appliance sales and repairs) had no address or phone number in it. The client claims that that information was in the ad, but they certainly don't show up in the files Steve sent back. And the pitiful attempts at crop marks inserted by Publisher indicate that it was never there. Anyway, I told him to send Word files next time. I can deal with them on my PC and substitute fonts etc. He was pretty cheerful, thank goodness. His was the third .pub file submitted, but the others got theirs in early enough to be asked politely by the client to submit them in another format.

   
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Too true! I've gotten lots of help with vile files over the years from Steve, Brian, and Mac.

   
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Old 02-16-2005, 11:19 AM   #7
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Just like you, I get sent Publisher files occasionally that I know I'm going to have to somehow use.

So what I did was rang the marketing department of Microsoft in NZ, told them I worked at a printing company, we were getting increasing numbers of Publisher files that we had to somehow open and use and what were the chances of getting a copy of Publisher.

Sure, no problem, and a copy of the latest version was duly couriered to me.

So maybe try ringing MS on your side of the ditch and see how friendly they are :-D

So I can now print to a postscript file (after making the inevitable author's corrections) then distill it to a PDF and use that to print from.

(I know printers in the US can get a free Publisher which is what gave me the idea)
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Just like you, I get sent Publisher files occasionally that I know I'm going to have to somehow use.

So what I did was rang the marketing department of Microsoft in NZ, told them I worked at a printing company, we were getting increasing numbers of Publisher files that we had to somehow open and use and what were the chances of getting a copy of Publisher.

Sure, no problem, and a copy of the latest version was duly couriered to me.

So maybe try ringing MS on your side of the ditch and see how friendly they are :-D

So I can now print to a postscript file (after making the inevitable author's corrections) then distill it to a PDF and use that to print from.

(I know printers in the US can get a free Publisher which is what gave me the idea)
What a good idea. I'll give it a try here, although I'm a graphic designer, not a printer. No harm in trying, is there?

   
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Old 02-16-2005, 01:28 PM   #9
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the major problem with MS Publisher files is the freaking idiots who produce most of them.

90% are ignorant clots who couldn't find their behind with both hands.

if they don't have a template for something they are bloody lost!

but this ignoramous syndrome afflicts Quark users, as well as AI users and all otehr stripes as well.

It seems nobody gives a rat's posterior about learning to do things properly any more.

just grab a can of Krylon and paint the BMW!

(oopps. slats are cracking on the soapbox)

   
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We haven't had anybody up on that soapbox for awhile - it's probably got termites or wood rot or something. Maybe we'd better build a new one. Wouldn't want you toppling over and crushing the cats.

   
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