Publisher 97's new Web publishing capabilities consist mainly of a "wizard" guide that walks users through Web page creation and saves HTML files. Microsoft representatives are quick to point out that Publisher 97 is not a fully functional site builder, as the Web Site Wizard is basically a set of style templates that shield the user from HTML coding.
"You can design your Web page to be consistent with all your marketing materials, like with a jazzy theme or a modern theme or funky toolbars," spokeswoman Courtenay Miles said. Publisher 97 users will also have access to a clip-art library including audio and video material on Microsoft's Web site.
Other new features include a Postcard PageWizard for creating postcards, a font preview menu, and mail merge that accepts imports from other Microsoft products.
Publisher 97, which is not a component of Office 97, will be available in English in October for an estimated price of $79.95. Foreign-language versions will be available starting in November.