Office Publisher 2003
is a desktop publishing package, designed to enable non-professionals to put together publications that look good. Typical uses are for greetings cards, newsletters, advertisements, invitations and leaflets. Part of the Office 2003 family, Publisher 2003
shares a common look and feel with applications such as Word
One of the best things in Office Publisher 2003 is its huge range of pre-built designs. There is a fantastic range, the quality is good, and you can apply one of numerous colour scheme or font schemes to add variety. Overall there is a reasonable chance your Publisher design will not be exactly the same as the one from your friend or colleague. Office Publisher 2003 also gives access to an extensive clip-art library, both on CD and online. That means you do not have to be artistic or have design skills, although if you are that way inclined you can start with a blank publication and create your own design. The interface is elegant and easy to use, and a powerful set of tools is on offer. The 2003 version resolves a long-standing Publisher problem, in that you can now justify multiple columns vertically as well as horizontally. There is also better support for commercial printing, including separations and composite CMYK Postscript output.
Office Publisher 2003 is a superb package, but it is best suited for short documents such as leaflets and advertisements, rather than long documents such as books and manuals. There's no support for indexes, cross-references or tables of contents. Office Publisher 2003 can also be used to create websites, sometimes with good results, but as a Web tool it's inflexible. Within its true target area though, Office Publisher 2003 is brilliant. --Tim Anderson
Work productively across Microsoft Office System programs. Publisher 2003 looks and works like other programs in the Microsoft Office System, making it easier than ever to use the right Office tool for the task, while still making the most of your knowledge and experience with the Microsoft Office System....