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    microsoft publisher ???? free download ?

    my daughter has just come home from school with her homework saying she needs to use microsoft publisher. does anyone know if i can download it for free or do i have to buy it ??. many thanx :thumbsup:

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    Try openoffice, very similar if you don't want to pay

    Careful though, from my exp in school, if you do work from home using openoffice, will she be able to use it with the schools programs?

    All open office documnents normally in mirrosoft office programs.

    Iom-RF

    All open office documnents normally in mirrosoft office programs.



    Don't know what that means? All I remember is that when I used Windows XP to do work, it wouldnt work with the schools office 97.

    Just a little pre-caution

    Can she not do it in school? Would save you having to buy the programme...

    i think the school might give her a copy of the software if she asks.

    Original Poster

    Hi thanx for the info would the free trial be good enough or is it worth going for the openoffice, ill ask her if she can maybe get a copy from school that would be a good idea as well, you guys are great thanks for the advice i knew you would be able to help

    We had this problem recently with a file sent by email from a Government training office. It was also for a school projects report and even the school projects organiser couldn't open the file!

    It didn't seem to occur to the sender that people who do not do desktop publishing would see the need to have M$ Publisher on their home computer. :x

    As it was they had to print the book and sent that out instead.

    We tried to open the file in Acrobat Reader but it couldn't read it as an email attachment. You could try opening any files in AR or get the school to save the .pub file in .pdf format. However, if your daughter needs to edit any files they will have to convert it to Word format.

    Doubt the school will provide a copy of the programme - they have to purchase them and they are limited use discs. Most only work on 15 computers. If they did it for one child they would have to do it for all

    Original Poster

    yeah i see your point maybe ill not get her to ask then ta x

    Not a problem, wouldn't want your daughter to be embarrased

    dont use open office it didnt work when i tried it at college str8 away switched back to microsoft at the time.

    wen dose she need it for ???? i can post you a copy just pm me with info

    It's worth noting that in Office 2007 only Office Small Business 2007, Office Professional 2007, and Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 come with publisher and that there is not ,and is unlikely to ever be, an equivalent for Publisher in OpenOffice.

    Imho it's not on for a School to expect parents to shell out for Publisher, it is not a cheap program and it doesn't come with any of the Home oriented editions of Office!

    kelly?

    limited use disks?

    knewbold

    kelly?limited use disks?



    Discs with software can usually only install the software a limited number of times. Schools used to be able to purchase discs that could be used for an unlimited number, but then the companies realised that they were giving them to students, who would then not need to purchase the software. So schools also have discs which limited the number of times the software can be uploaded now.

    sorry kelly

    as far as i know this isnt possible
    (i used to work with a council with reguards to school s/w purchasing)

    you probabally know as well as i do - the disks that these come on are not writable - therefore this is not possible

    knewbold

    sorry kellyas far as i know this isnt possible(i used to work with a … sorry kellyas far as i know this isnt possible(i used to work with a council with reguards to school s/w purchasing)you probabally know as well as i do - the disks that these come on are not writable - therefore this is not possible



    I have purchased software which is only usable so many times, and my brother works in a school and they now have to purchase software with the same limitations.....

    technically - and i do mean technically it is possible to only register sowftware so many times - for example a key for microsoft office MAY be only able to register online so many times for updates without phoning ms

    but his isnt the case in educational/business licences due to the way software is rolled out - so they have a different key that bypasses the online installation - so they are not calling up every time a pc is rebuilt

    As for installing publisher this would be "technically possible" by borrowing the schools copy (at the worst just disconnect your pc from the net - and noone would ever know) - but due to school licencing procedures - they would never loan the disk out

    (i would like to know what this software is though - as im intregued by the technology (unless it was floppy disk?)

    I think you're talking about Licenses Kelly, The license will only be for 15 computers at a time.

    The actual disc would still install fine (Incase the HDD failed and you had to reinstall everything for instance.)

    As said, The "educational purpose only" discs, Can normally be installed fine without the need for a key at all.
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