Best Alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for Mac

Microsoft publisher only available for Windows not Mac. But you can open .pub (Publisher file format) file in Mac.

If you want to install Publisher in Mac use, Parallel Desktop software or bootcamp Windows.Otherwise use Microsoft Publisher alternatives for Mac.

Microsoft publisher available for Windows within MS Office or download Publisher separately for Windows PC.

Microsoft Publisher

Lucidpress (Free for Single user, Also available in Pro version)

LucidPress is one of the best software for Mac to create posters, brochures, magazines and newsletters.

Free version only exports .pdf file format files in screen quality (not print quality) with watermark. It also offer 15 day trial version, 50% discount for non-profit organisations, free account for students and teachers.

Swift Publisher ($19.99)

User friendly desktop publishing software for Mac. Rearrange graphic elements like tables, images and text is really easy. It have integration with iPhoto. Its allow you to export your files to JPEG, EPS, PDF, TIFF file formats.

Pages ($19.99)

Its a part of iWork suite and its equivalent of Microsoft word.  It have lot of professional templates and layouts. creating tables and moving elements is really easy.

iStudio Publisher ($17.99)

professional alternative to Microsoft publisher. Its easy to create brochures and documents using iStudio publisher.

Drag and drop images and text boxes in page and export your work to PDF.


  • Its only allow you to import and export PDF file format 9RGB or CMYK). So you can’t DOC, RTF, PUb and TXT files.

Scribus (Free DTP software)

Open source desktop publishing app for mac. Its have lot of templates for Newsletters, Brochures and Posters.


  • So long its not updated.
  • you need to install Ghostscript on you Mac in order for Scribus to work.

LibreOffice (free)

Free alternative to Microsoft office for mac based on OpenOffice. Its allow you to open and edit publisher files. But you can’t export publish format.

QuarkXPress (Trial, Full version – $1134, Non-profit version – $299) – Best professional alternative to Microsoft publisher. Its mostly used in Newspaper industry.

Adobe InDesign (Trial, $29.99 per month, $239 per year)

Another great alternative. InDesign offer vector based tools to create books and magazines.

How to open Microsoft Publisher files in Mac 

  • You can’t directly open .pub files in mac. Import that file into LibreOffice.
  • Ask the file sender to export .pub file in different file format (File -> Export -> Change file format)
  • You can convert .pub file using online convertor like Zamzar.
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