Microsoft Publisher Reader OnlineReaders of Microsoft Publisher Online
Opening PUB Folders under Windows without Microsoft Publisher
LiberOffice 4 (Release Certificate already available; definitive version very soon) includes this convertor so that it can open.pub docs if you still need this feature. There' is an online data converting tool named Zamzar (http://www.zamzar.com/). But I' m given to comprehend that it converts.pub data into the slightly friendlier.doc as well.
As soon as it is in.doc you should be able to do whatever you want on LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org, or Abiword, or whatever. However, there is a good chance that you will lose a significant amount of formats when converting the data. As far as I know (and as far as I have found out), only Microsoft Publisher can really read.pubs.
The. pub is obviously built on the.doc style, so hopefully it won't be too bad for you. Alternatively, it is less preferable to ask the person who uploaded the document (who probably has Microsoft Publisher) to save it as a.pdf or.doc one. They said it was from a client, so I understand why this would be a less than desired option, but you could try to tell them that you are not configured for.pubs.
When using Office 2010, it is easy to choose a "Save As" instead of just storing the original and choosing the.pdf,.doc or.docx data type - so it is not a complicated task as long as the clients are at least semi-computer capable. A last possibility is to get the free evaluation version for Microsoft Publisher and converts the documents yourself.
First of all I suggest using LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice. I' ve verified it and the latest release of LibreOffice works with Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3). I have not told you which LibreOffice you are using, but I know that LibreOffice 4 and above works with Microsoft Publisher (.PUB) data.
At the moment it is in the 5.2 state. Launch the LibreOffice application or the LibreOffice Impress application and navigate to the.PUB files.