Top positive review
21 people found this helpful
Great Product But A Total Rip Off And There Are Much Cheaper Alternatives!
on 23 January 2015
Microsoft Publisher is a wonderful programme, which I've been using for over 15 years, either as a stand alone, when I was a teacher, for which, it was a great tool for creating really good quality worksheets, or as part of Office 2007, which I had on my old P.C.
When I upgraded my P.C. a few weeks ago, I found that the 2007 version wasn't compatible with my P.C. so prepared myself to have to update it again, as I have so many documents/letters etc. in Publisher format.
However, I'm shocked at the price of the full Office set up and am appalled at the 365 scenario, where you end up paying year,on year, for what's not a "hard," copy, which IMO, amounts to nothing less than a rip off.
I then looked at the option for buying Publisher, once again, as a stand alone programme,but have no wish to pay near on £100 for something which I've had for years, just because I need to update software on my system.
It seems the whole world is moving in the direction of having everything downloadable etc. which, in itself, is no bad thing, but what if there's a major issue with the Cloud, or wherever, this stuff is all being held?
I therefore resolved to find an alternative and having tried Google Docs/Open Office and a few "freebies," none of which came even closer to Publisher, I came across PagePlus X8 by Serif.
Not only do you get a real DVD to install, with downloadable updates, but the programme itself seems to do much of what is achievable by Publisher for less than half the price.
Furthermore, before I delete my "trial," version of Office 365, I've exported all my Publisher Docs to PDF and was able to open them and then save them via Serif, which means I can now edit them too.
Believe me, I would've preferred to stay with a programme that I know and love, but not at that price!