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Taking a look at IBM Lotus Symphony Documents

By Greg Shultz

When IBM decided to extract the productivity tools from within Lotus Notes 8 and make them a stand-alone product, using the Symphony name to jump-start the suite's acceptance as a bona fide office product was a good choice. The fact that the productivity tools, and thus the Symphony suite, are based on OpenOffice, was also a good choice.

The Lotus Symphony suite consists of the three most commonly used business tools: a word processor, called Documents, a spreadsheet program, called Spreadsheets, and a slide show program, called Presentations. In this gallery, I'll take a look at Symphony Documents.

About

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.

7 comments
cmc
cmc

I have Open Office on my pc and am very close to running Linux but come to a roadblock when I find that Open Office doesn't have an email program and it looks like Symphony doesn't either. Still need Office Outlook until one of them develops an email program as robust as Outlook.

oded
oded

so what? Is the product downloadable? fully compatible with word format with conversion filters both ways?

terry
terry

It looks good - I learnt to use a PC using the Original Symphony program - It was good

wodenickel1
wodenickel1

With true OpenOffice available, also free - why bother with this? Other than the IBM name? Or perhaps that's the only real added value over OO? I did not come away from the article with a compare/contrast list of features of Symphony vs OO which would be nice... Nice job summarizing it tho! thanks :)

mike-hanscom
mike-hanscom

Is the Spreadsheets part of the program compatible with the old Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheets? This was the most widely used of the Lotus Programs.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

At this stage in the development of Symphony, it's too early to do any real compare/contrast list of features of Symphony vs. OpenOffice or Microsoft Office. Symphony is a beta 1. I'm not sure that there is a real compelling reason to consider switching to Symphony in and of itself. However, as I alluded to in the introduction, being able to get lots of people to experience Symphony for FREE will make it easier for IBM to sell Lotus Notes 8, which essentially contains the Symphony suite in the guise of the Productivity tools. i.e. If you've used Symphony, transitioning to Lotus Notes 8 will be easy. Then, once you're a Lotus Notes 8 customer, who needs Microsoft Office.

oded
oded

I do not know how old you are. I am surprised at this so called beta. Symphony was up on win 3.1, 3.11 and DOS. I used it successfully. It was a good Lotus product taken over by IBM and superceeded with different funcionality by Lotus notes.