Currently, there is no Microsoft Publisher for Mac, but there are some great MS Publisher alternatives that I’ll outline below along with a trick to get the real publisher on a Mac.
Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing software that allows you to design, layout and print any sort of media. From pamphlets to billboards to magazines and more. MS Publisher is a great way to organize everything, but unfortunately there’s no Mac version.
Microsoft Publisher For Mac Trick
The only real way to get Microsoft Publisher for Mac is to download parallels onto your Macbook Pro, iMac, Macbook Air or Mac Pro. If you download Parallels it allows you to run Windows on your Mac and then you can download MS Publisher and run it on your Mac via Parallels.
The main downside to this is it requires you to buy Parallels, which ups the cost of using Publisher. On top of that, you’re running several high intensity apps that cause your Mac to slow down so you’ll need a lot of processor speed and RAM available.
Microsoft Publisher for Mac Alternatives
There are a bunch of great alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for Mac. The most common alternative is Pages for Mac, although there are some downsides. Pages is good for fliers or something you’ll do on a small scale.
You may not want to use Pages if you want true professional layouts, though. Pages is not free, but it is much cheaper than the alternate InDesign.
The best alternate option to Microsoft Publisher for Mac is InDesign, which you can download a free trial using the link. Eventually, you’ll have to pay and it’s rather pricey but certainly the best alternative.
InDesign is Adobe’s professional publishing software and it costs $50 a month once you’ve exhausted the free trial. It’s great for newsletters, magazines, newspapers, etc.
In summary, Microsoft Publisher is a great tool, period. However, like many other Office products, you can only use it on a PC. Microsoft is very particular about it’s software, just as Apple is about theirs. You can tell by how long it took them to release Office for Mac, even though it’s missing some of the many components. The most Office for Mac will give you are the more popular and used titles like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. But others like Access and Publisher are missing. I suppose Microsoft didn’t see a need in spending the money on making those cross-platform compatible. Maybe one day, we’ll all get what we want, even if we have to pay for it. Until then, these alternatives are good options for using Microsoft Publisher for Mac. Share the good news with your friends!
Do you have any other suggestions or tips for Microsoft Publisher for Mac alternatives? Have you tried to use Parallels to run Microsoft Publisher for Mac, if so let us know how it works on your computer.