Reader says, “I’m a Mac user, and a friend of mine gave me several Microsoft Publisher files that were created in 2005 that contain text and graphics that I want to include in an article that I’m writing. How can I open and use these files on my computer?”
If you don’t have access to Microsoft Publisher, try using one of the online sites to convert the .PUB files into a viewable format like Word, PDF, or Text.
One such site is PUB to PDF. To begin the conversion process, click the Pub to PDF button located on the home page.
Another online file conversion tool can be found on zamar.com.
If neither of those websites is able to convert the files to your specifications, try downloading and installing the LibreOffice suite, which contains a Draw program that appears to be capable of opening Publisher files and does not require a state-of-the-art Mac to operate.
LibreOffice System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher
512 MB RAM
At least 800 MB of available hard disk space
1024×768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended)
Import filter for Microsoft Publisher publications. More details in this blog and in Fridrich Strba’s speech at FOSDEM 2013
LibreOffice MS Publisher Import filter – young but strong baby
June 6, 2012