I have never been a big fan of Microsoft Publisher. Too many quirky behaviors for my taste. I spend more of my time figuring out workarounds than actually designing a quality product.
Not that graphic design and layout are particular strengths of mine.
Anyway, I was recently having a big problem with producing a PDF using Publisher 2010. I had quite a few links in the document, so using my print-to-pdf option wasn’t going to cut it. No problem, just use the built-in Save As PDF feature, right?
Save as PDF maintained the links in the Publisher document, but it did something very strange. It changed the font color from a very particular color of green from a branding guide to plain black.
The solution came from a quick Google search.
The problem was apparently that there is a color printer installed on my computer, but a black-and-white printer is my default printer. When I changed my default printer to a color printer, and then tried Publisher’s Save As PDF routine again, the font colors came out just as I expected.
Strange. But workarounds are kinda par for the course for Publisher.
I can hardly wait to get the whole “department newsletter” idea converted into a blog. I’ll gladly give up working with Publisher ever again!
Thanks to this Microsoft Community post for cluing me in to where the problem was.