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Taking a look at IBM Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets

By Greg Shultz

In the first edition of this three-part gallery, I took a look at IBM Lotus Symphony Documents. In this gallery, I'll look at IBM Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets. IBM is promoting Symphony Spreadsheets as an easy-to-use tool that doesn't contain overly complex functions and features you will never need for most common spreadsheet tasks.

Keep in mind that Lotus Symphony is listed as being Beta 1. However, since the suite has essentially been extracted from the final version of Lotus Notes 8, it is actually pretty solid. That's not to say that I didn't encounter any snags -- but they were fairly minor.

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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.

8 comments
sjkoster
sjkoster

How about integrating spreadsheets in a text document (cf.Word, which is pretty terrible in MSOffice ? This was Symphony's strong point

raicsl
raicsl

Symphony is where I cut my teeth with Spreadsheets but more importantly where I fell in love with databases. So I eagerly downloaded and went to install it only to fail time and time again. Does anyone have any idea why it failed? I am not a newby but I could not get the damn thing to install and it does not take a rocket scientist to install software now does it? Appreciate any feedback. Regards, Les

acruz02
acruz02

I still have Lotus 123 v9.8 in use on a few of my employee's computers. It is much easier to learn for people that don't need to use spreadsheets everyday, and don't the complications caused by Excel.

TheVirtualOne
TheVirtualOne

copy the file onto a sub drive and try to install it on another machine.

mikec557
mikec557

Les Sorry I can't help you... yet. I learned on Lotus-123. If I can find the software to download, I'll give it a try and maybe then be able to give you an answer. Mike

bluesrenegade
bluesrenegade

I cut my teeth on Microsoft Multiplan on a Commodore 64 and I have memories of using Visicalc. Those were the days. I remember when Lotus Jazz came out on the Macintosh; it might even have been the predecessor to Lotus Symphony, not sure. I must be approaching memory full... LOL John