Anyone who works in graphic design or printing will cringe when they receive a Microsoft Publisher file to work with. These pop up every so often from clients, advertisers, friends, family, etc. For those of us who work in proper design programs such as Adobe InDesign or the open source Scribus, these files just are not a welcome sight.
There are ways to convert these files to something useful. There are free, online services, such as Zamzar, which works quite well. You simply upload your file, they run it through their magic filters and return a new file to you via email.
I did find another way that worked faster, better and I had control of it on my desktop. I simply opened the Publisher file in the open source editor LibreOffice (ver 184.108.40.206). Voila! Screen shots are below.
Just to make sure I verified that it was, indeed, a Publisher file by opening the file with an online hex editor and checking Gary Kessler’s file format list. That’s not a necessary step, but just an added verification.