What Are Some Features of Microsoft Publisher for Mac?


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Microsoft Publisher, which is only compatible with PCs, does not have a Mac version; however, the Mac version of Microsoft Word features similar functions, such as drawing tools, special printing settings, templates and text effects. The Microsoft Word version for Mac lets users create newsletters, banners, brochures and fliers.

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Microsoft Publisher is a layout and design program that allows users to produce professional graphic designs. While Microsoft hasn't created a Mac version of the software, the company designed a Mac version of Word that offers nearly the same features as Publisher and serves as a reasonable alternative.

Apple users can also take advantage of the seamless integration of Apple software with the Mac operating system by going to the App Store and selecting Productivity to view information about the program Pages, which functions like Publisher. The software features layout and design tools that meet the general publishing needs of average users.

Another possibly cost-effective solution for Mac users who want a program like Publisher is Draw, which boasts an interface and menus to similar to those of Publisher. Mac users can download Draw by getting the Apache Open Office, which is available for free from the open-source programmers who created it. Open Office programs use a proprietary format in saving files, although users can convert files to other common file formats.

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