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Description of the Publisher 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: May 24, 2006

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Microsoft has released the Publisher 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package for Microsoft Office Publisher 2003.
This article describes the following items about the hotfix package:
  • The issues that the hotfix package fixes.
  • The prerequisites for installing the hotfix package.
  • Whether you must restart your computer after you install the hotfix package.
  • Whether the hotfix package is replaced by any other hotfix package.
  • Whether you must make any registry changes.
  • The files that the hotfix package contains.
This article describes the Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 issue that is fixed in the hotfix package that is dated May 24, 2006.

Issues that the hotfix package fixes

This hotfix package fixes the following issue that was not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
  • When you use a color PostScript printer to print a Publisher 2003 publication, you may experience one of the following symptoms:
    • When you print the publication, the colors that are printed are not the colors that you expect.
    • If you print the publication to a PostScript file (.ps file), you may receive the following error message when you work with the .ps file in another program, such as Adobe Distiller:
      Publisher detected an error in converting RGB to CMYK values.Microsoft wants to learn more about this error so that this issue can be fixed. Please send e-mail to Provide a description of your print job and your printer driver configuration. If you have steps that can be used to reproduce this error, please provide these steps.
      Note When you use Notepad to view the .ps file, you may see the text of this error message in the file.
    This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:
    • The publication contains text inside a text box.
    • The text inside the text box is formatted with a font effect, such as one of the following font effects:
      • Emboss
      • Engrave
      • Shadow
    • The Spot colors option in the Color Printing dialog box is selected.
    • The Output option is set to Composite CMYK. This option is located on the Separations tab in the Advanced Print Settings dialog box.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


The following list contains prerequisites for the hotfix package:
  • This hotfix is an Office 2003 Service Pack 2 hotfix. To install the hotfix, you must have Office 2003 Service Pack 2 installed.For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    887616 Description of Office 2003 Service Pack 2

Restart information

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix is not replaced by any later hotfix.

Registry information

You do not have to create any registry keys or modify any registry keys to use any hotfixes that this package contains.

Hotfix file information

This hotfix may not contain all the files that you must have to fully update a product to the latest build. This hotfix contains only the files that you must have to correct the issues that this article lists.

The global version of this hotfix uses a Microsoft Windows Installer package to install the hotfix. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in the following table. When you view the file information, the date is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Download information
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Microsoft Windows Installer .msp file information
File nameFile sizeDateTime
After the hotfix package is installed, the global version of this hotfix package has the file attributes, or a later version of the file attributes, that are listed in the following table.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Additional notes:
  • For more information about how to install this hotfix, see the Readme.txt file that is included in the hotfix package.
  • For more information about the terminology that Microsoft uses for software that is corrected after it is released, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
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