Microsoft Publisher 2010 Updates - My Computer Diary
Security Update for Microsoft Publisher 2010 (KB2409055), 32-Bit Edition
- Installation date: 8/14/2011 7:38 AM
- Installation status: Successful
- Update type: Important
- Description: A security vulnerability exists in Microsoft Publisher 2010, 32-Bit Edition that could allow arbitrary code to run when a maliciously modified file is opened. This update resolves that vulnerability.
- More information: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2409055
- Help and Support: http://support.microsoft.com/?LN=en-us
Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing application from Microsoft. It is an entry-level application, differing from Microsoft Word in that the emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing. The current version is Microsoft Publisher 2010 for Windows; there is no version for Macintosh.
In Microsoft Office 2007, Publisher retained the traditional toolbar of previous Office versions, unlike other Office 2007 programs, which featured the new ribbon interface. Microsoft Publisher 2010 contains the new ribbon interface.
Publisher is included in higher-end editions of Microsoft Office, reflecting Microsoft's emphasis on the application as an easy-to-use and less expensive alternative to the "heavyweights," with a focus on the small business market where firms do not have dedicated design professionals available to make marketing materials and other documents. However, it has a relatively small share of the desktop publishing market, which is dominated by Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. Publisher has historically been less well liked among high-end commercial print shops, compared with other desktop publishing applications.
Publisher's position as an entry-level application aggravates many issues (particularly in older versions) such as fonts unavailable and embedded objects not available on service providers' machines. Instead, Publisher comes with tools to pack related files into a self-expanding application. Many higher end features like transparency, object shadowing, slugs, text on paths, and built-in PDF output were either not fully functional or unavailable in previous versions. However, recent versions have greater capabilities concerning color separations and proper process coloring output. Publisher 2007 also includes the capability to output commercial press quality PDF with embedded fonts.
Publisher's proprietary file format (.pub) is unsupported by almost all other applications, including other Microsoft products, although Corel Draw X4 features "open only" support. As such, Publisher is generally recognised to be of limited functionality where multiple-user electronic editing or dissemination is concerned. Adobe's PageMaker software saves files with a .pub extension but the two files are incompatible and unrelated. Publisher supports numerous other file formats, including the Enhanced Metafile (EMF) format which is supported on Windows platforms. The Microsoft Publisher trial version can be used to view .pub files beyond the trial period.