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    Default Converting or a program that can edit Microsoft Publisher files

    Hello All,

    I was able to convert a Real Estate Firm from using Microsoft OSS to OpenSuse 11.2.

    The Real estate agents in the firm are pleased and some are not but it's the cost of doing business and saving money.

    I am at a cross road or should I say I have come to a bump in the road. Most of the agents create their flyers and signs in Microsoft Publisher, I tried Open Office 3.X and I'm unable to open or edit the files in question.

    Do have any suggestions or could you point me in the direction of a solid solution that will help me either convert the files or a program that can be used with-in OpenSuse 11.2 that can edit the files.

    Thank you for your support and time.

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    Default Re: Converting or a program that can edit Microsoft Publisher files

    A search turned up this. I know nothing about scribus. Let us know how you go:

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    Default Re: Converting or a program that can edit Microsoft Publisher files

    I understand that the first choice in linux DTP would be scribus, have experimented with it although I don't use DTP in my work.

    From this faq Frequently Asked Questions | scribus.net I don't think proprietary formats are supported. You may be able to export to an intermediary format compatible with both apps. ODF, perhaps?

    Whatever app you choose, make sure you keep your work files in the native format. It'll avoid a lot of headaches.

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    Default Re: Converting or a program that can edit Microsoft Publisher files

    jraglin wrote:

    >
    > Hello All,
    >
    > I was able to convert a Real Estate Firm from using Microsoft OSS to
    > OpenSuse 11.2.
    >
    > The Real estate agents in the firm are pleased and some are not but
    > it's the cost of doing business and saving money.
    >
    > I am at a cross road or should I say I have come to a bump in the road.
    > Most of the agents create their flyers and signs in Microsoft Publisher,
    > I tried Open Office 3.X and I'm unable to open or edit the files in
    > question.
    >
    > Do have any suggestions or could you point me in the direction of a
    > solid solution that will help me either convert the files or a program
    > that can be used with-in OpenSuse 11.2 that can edit the files.
    >
    > Thank you for your support and time.


    Went thru this at church when I installed the new server. I never did find
    a usable filter to convert the Publisher files already in the library nor
    could I convince the office staff that something else was just as good so I
    wound up installing their old XP in a VirtualBox VM so that they could run
    their old version Publisher. If you come across a converter for those
    files that will allow translating them to whatever solution you come up
    with it would be much appreciated if you could post that solution. I would
    love to get the office on all Linux apps but this one has me stumped (along
    with Flight Simulator, but that's another tale of woe).

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    This is precisely why Virtualbox is such an important "killer app" for Linux, because it can solve all these problems of proprietary lock-in. Handle legacy files with MS Publisher in VB, and train your staff to use OpenOffice and/or Scribus in future.
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    Default Re: Converting or a program that can edit Microsoft Publisher files

    Quote Originally Posted by gminnerup View Post
    This is precisely why Virtualbox is such an important "killer app" for Linux, because it can solve all these problems of proprietary lock-in. Handle legacy files with MS Publisher in VB, and train your staff to use OpenOffice and/or Scribus in future.
    I understand, but here we need a legal copy of XP, dito copy of Publisher. Not really an OSS solution.

    Found this: Free Online Doc Converter, Convert to PDF, PDF Printer Driver, Convert to Image, PDF Converter. , don't know if that helps, but it shows that it's possible to convert these files.

    Publisher btw is reported to work with 'wine'. That would at least save the XP license if you compare to using VBox.
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    I assume that a business relying on Windows/Publisher will have the requisite licenses, which can be installed with Virtualbox. So what's the problem?
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    Desktop publishing application file formats are very un-portable.

    OpenOffice writer doesn't cut it (even less than Microsoft Word does). KOffice's Writer is actually not too bad, from the few minutes I tried it out. Didn't fool around much with templates but it includes the Text boxes and handles placement better.

    Scribus is too clunky, and professionally-orientated while MS Publisher makes it pretty easy.

    Somebody sent me a link to a website that will convert various file formats (including .pub) into PDFs. While not ideal, it will allow you to turn the existing files into PDFs without having to install Virtualbox/WinXP/Publisher.

    The site is Neevia (Free Online PDF Converter, Create PDF, Batch Convert to PDF or Image, Doc Converter, PDF Printer Driver.) and the list of file formats they can handle is found here : Neevia Technology / PDF Converter / Supported file formats

    Most people, I've found, say "Scribus" and walk away. If you've used Publisher you know that Scribus doesn't include any of the features that make Publisher easy.
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    Microsoft Publisher format isn't supported on anything else to my knowledge; AFAIK even MS hasn't done any development on it for years because it was just a freebe thrown into Office.

    It is possible to extract the text from Publisher files by opening them in Kate and then copying and pasting but not any of the formatting or the images.

    OK Scribus comes with a learning curve but at least you are not locked in in the same way as you are with Publisher and you have a lot more options.

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    Have you tried running Publisher on Crossover? It runs Windows software as a native window on a Linux machine. You have to pay for it, but it's low cost and worth every penny. You can try it for free.

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