Continuing my series of first-look galleries covering the IBM Lotus Symphony office suite, I've created a gallery introducing the spreadsheet application, Symphony Spreadsheets. (I covered the word processor, Symphony Documents, in the previous gallery.)
In keeping with its goal of making the Lotus Symphony product an easy-to-use suite that doesn't contain overly complex functions and features, IBM put together a basic tool in Symphony Spreadsheets. As you'll discover, Symphony Spreadsheets lacks many of the bells and whistles you'll find in Microsoft Excel and even in its cousin, OpenOffice Calc. However, Symphony Spreadsheets is a functional tool that will get the job done and allow you to create informative spreadsheets and charts.
You can download the Lotus Symphony suite and try Spreadsheets yourself.
Keep in mind that Lotus Symphony is listed as Beta 1. However, since the suite has essentially been extracted from the final version of Lotus Notes 8, it's actually pretty solid. That's not to say that I didn't encounter any snags — but they were fairly minor.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.