Publisher: Using Tags to Store Custom Information (Part 2)

In my last entry, I talked about the Tags collection, which you can use as generic holding bins for whatever data you want to persists within your publications, pages, or shapes. Now let’s look at some actual examples. So far, the examples I’ve been able to think up use tags for storing two general types…

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Publisher: Using Tags to Store Custom Information (Part 1)

Today I’m going to talk about the Tags collection, a feature in the Publisher object model that hasn’t gotten a lot of notice, but is extremely useful when you examine it. (And I’m as guilty as anyone of ignoring it; one of the Publisher testers pointed out tags to me months ago, and it’s taken…

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Publisher: Working with Multiple Open Documents

Here’s something I didn’t notice until I’d been programming with Publisher for awhile: You might have noticed that in Publisher 2003, we added a Documents collection to the Application object. But, you might ask, isn’t Publisher a single document interface (SDI) application? If so, shouldn’t each open document have its own separate Application object? And…


Publisher: Writing Macros to Save Time and Effort

Just a quick, shameless plug: Do you have things that you do repeatedly in Publisher? Do you find yourself doing a certain set of tasks over and over again? Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell Publisher to perform complicated tasks automatically? Guess what? You can. There’s a way to give Publisher detailed instructions…


Publisher: Programming Made Easy Article Now Live

The first of my five part series, ‘Programming Microsoft Office Publisher Made Easy’ went live yesterday. The series consists of five lessons aimed at users who have never coded before, and want some from-the-ground-up assistance in writing powerful, flexible macros using the Publisher object model. Here’s a list of the content and tentative publish dates…

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Publisher Programming Made Easy: Types of Visual Basic Statements

I’m writing a series of articles for beginners on how to program the Publisher object model. These articles focus on the practical side of programming, and only go into enough conceptual detail to explain what the code is doing. So I thought I’d provide some more in-depth technical information for anyone interested. In the lessons,…

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Publisher Programming Made Easy: Why Program with Objects, Anyway?

I’m writing a series of articles for beginners on how to program the Publisher object model. These articles focus on the practical side of programming, and only go into enough conceptual detail to explain what the code is doing. So I thought readers of those articles might have some questions about what’s really going on,…

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Creating Personalized Thank You Cards with Publisher 2003 (Part 4 of 4)

(Previously: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) Perform the Merge Now you’re ready to actually preview how the cards will look when merged. To set up the data source, do the following: ·         Sort the records based on Gift? = True, so you select only the records for people who sent you gifts. ·        …

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Creating Personalized Thank You Cards with Publisher 2003 (Part 3 of 4)

Now that we’ve got the card exterior designed, we’re ready to work on the catalog merge. Create the Data Source Next, create the data source for the cards. We used the same one we used for addressing the invitation. We just added several fields to the spreadsheet: ·         Salutation: The informal name you use for…

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Creating Personalized Thank You Cards with Publisher 2003 (Part 2 of 4)

Now that we’ve covered the basics of the project, let’s jump into the details: Requirements Here’s the household items you’ll need for this project: ·         Elmer’s glue (or paste) ·         Safety scissors ·         A 6-inch length of string ·         Glitter Oh wait, that’s a different arts and craft project. The tools for this one are…

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