ok, some things to try, in publisher 2.25 press the sphere-like button in the image window with your texture selected. (the button is on the window header)
is this what you mean?
also, faces can be oriented to face the camera with the halo flag (face buttons) or to the camera, but still vertical with the billboard flag (face buttons). This requires faces point down the -x axis (I think), and works better if they are centered at the object’s center.