And now that Publisher opens multiple documents simultaneously, it's much easier to copy and paste content from one to another. Unfortunately, Publisher 2002 uses Microsoft's Single Document Interface (SDI), which opens separate windows for each document and puts an icon on the taskbar for each open publication, crowding small screens.
Office XP's influence
Many of Publisher's improvements come from the rest of the Office XP suite. For example, the Task Pane, a hybrid toolset of menus and wizards, makes it possible to select design themes, color schemes, and fonts with a single click. Also, like other Office XP applications, Publisher 2002 now opens, edits, and saves HTML files, simplifying your job if you create and maintain a Web site. Best of all, you get these XP-like features even if you install Publisher without the rest of Office XP.
SOHO'ers, this is for you
Publisher remains the best desktop publisher for small and home businesses. It's even a credible, easy substitute for the expensive and difficult HTML editor FrontPage. If you're using an older edition of Publisher, upgrade to 2002 even if you don't move to Office XP. Looking for your first business document designer? This is it.