Convert PUB files to a PDF or Word file

Nichole LaRue
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I have a PUB file (Microsoft Publisher document) that I cannot view. Are there any trusted (free) programs I can use to convert this into a document type my computer can open?
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Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
Hi Nichole,
I've been using calibre for many years:
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Great piece of software...free and open source. Regards, Joe

Edit: I may have misunderstood your question. I was thinking e-pub, as in e-book, but now I'm thinking that you may have meant a Microsoft Publisher document. Which is it?
Nichole LaRueMarketing Operations Manager

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Hi Joe,
Sorry I didn't clarify. It is indeed a Microsoft Publisher document.

Regards,
Nichole
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
Hi Nichole,
Thanks for clarifying. I haven't tried it with a PUB file (works great with lots of other MS Office file types), but the excellent, free, open source LibreOffice should be able to do it:
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Here's a forum thread on it:
https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/112513/how-can-i-access-ms-publisher-files-using-libre-52/

Regards, Joe
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Hi,

Zamzar.com can conver PUB files to PDF or Word (doc or docx):

http://www.zamzar.com

Free and very quick, with nothing to install on your machine.

The accuracy can vary quite alot (which is true for nearly all options - online or installed), so you might want to convert to, say, PDF, DOC, and DOCX, and see which one comes out closest to the original.

Alan.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Nichole,
I decided to test this with the latest version of LibreOffice, which is 6.0.4.2 (on W7/64-bit). Doing a File>Open opened the PUB file straightaway in LibreOffice Draw. That was following a vanilla install of it, so the import/export of filters, as discussed in that forum thread, were not needed (no doubt an improvement from 5.2 to 6.0.4.2). As Alan points out, the conversion is not perfect, so experimenting with different products, such as Zamzar, is a good idea. A Google search for "open pub file" gets plenty of hits, including Zamzar. Another idea is the free, open source OpenOffice, which can probably do it, too (LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice, and while they've gone their separate ways, there is a lot of commonality in features). Regards, Joe
Nichole LaRueMarketing Operations Manager

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I went the ZamZar route.  Upon trying to save it as a PDF it only saved the first page and duplicated it 9 times.  When I saved it as a .doc all 9 pages were present. Thanks everyone!
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
You're welcome, Nichole, happy to help. Have a great weekend. Regards, Joe

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