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Creating a magazine with SharePoint

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We found that MS Publisher is quite useful tool to create school magazine. Is it possible to create magazine template and assign to different Active Directory users page by page. Some page specicifcation will be locked so contributor will not change the part of the asigned page which not suppose to. Contributors should be able to upload the photos and other users also according to tehir access levels should be able to see what&how others doing.

Can SharePoint and Publisher work in conjunction for that purpose?
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Hello,

what version and license of SharePoint are you running?

Do you want to replace the Publisher solution with a SharePoint based solution? Or do you want to use SharePoint to gather the content and then build a Publisher file off that?

If the latter, then you will need to do a lot of work manually, since there is no integration between SharePoint and Publisher to push SharePoint content into a Publisher file.
You could still use SharePoint document libraries to let people upload their Publisher files with individual pages of the magazine and then create the master file from these uploaded pages. The same can be done with a normal shared network drive, though, and does not require SharePoint.

If you want to replace the Publisher file with an on-line SharePoint based magazine, then you may want to look at SharePoint Server 2010 (not the free Foundation edition), which includes the Publishing feature that can be used to create content with different layouts and limit editing to specific people.

cheers, teylyn
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At the moment we have subcription with MS and includes any version (2010 or 2013 standard) of Sharepoint. I did not implement Sharepoint yet but I have purchased a server for that purpose. Previously everyone was individually was creating their pages in publisher and 1 person was compiling them but it's so hard.
Last year we have used fusionyearbooks which allowing us to assign pages to the members of magazine group. Every member was able to edit only the assigned pages but also they were able to see what others doing. This year ew have deciede to not go with it and use our own system. When its complete we will just export as pdf and send to the company who's going to print them out.
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I'm afraid that SharePoint won't be able to help you, then. It cannot be used to create content in MS Publisher files.

SharePoint Server allows collaborative editing of PowerPoint slides, though. Maybe that could be an alternative, if the end product is going to be a PDF anyway.

Or use MS Word with the Master document functionality.

The typical editing features of Publisher won't be available for these two scenarios, though.
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Thanks very much for clear answer. At least I know that we cannot use SharePoint for this purpose. Actually that is a shame for SharePoint as its not supporting such a opuler part of the office.
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