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I occasionally use Symphony, like others, for non-complex tasts. It was originally written in Java, a streamlined version of C / C++ for portability and the ability to use it on a variety of platforms (Windows, Linux, etc.). The code is tight, making it ideal for use with a netbook or an aging computer. Symphony is well-behaved by my experience, never crashing nor interferring with other programs. I, for one, am grateful to IBM for continuing to make it available. Beto
Tried Symphony for a few days on two or three occasions and found nothing to say, "USE ME, USE ME!" over Microsoft Office OR Zoho. Seems to be just another fish in an overcrowded pond.
I disagree with the author's comments, plus similar reviews on other sites - whilst OpenOffice might have more functions by way of a database application etc, the usability of Symphony is far better. Having context menus immediately available on the right side of the screen is far more effective than trawling through the normal menus. This is exactly what Microsoft should have done to improve on Office 2003 rather than changing to the really stupid dumbed-down ribbon interface in 2007. For that reason alone i think many businesses should look seriously at Symphony but it is a pity that IBM simply do not push office and retail products any more. I hope they change their approach.
Hi I am still using the discontinued Original Dos based Symphony. I am limited by size when using the spreadsheet, but still functional especially the database. Macros can be written freehand (unlike Excel) Cell ranges - touch of a button Import whole ranges from another sheet format. When I have a difficult job to do I use Symphony then switch over to Excel for the printing bit. It is a pity that Lotus preferred to advance 123 rather than Symphony. I bet there must be many who are nostalgic of such a wonderful programme. The present format does not live to what one might expect - too much of nothing and nothing of what is needed.
Larger businesses won't touch Symphony unless it can be deployed and updated easily as well [for Windows] sufficient group policy settings.