Lotus Symphony is comprised of three applications - Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets and Lotus Symphony Presentations. These intuitive software tools, which support Windows and Linux desktops, are designed to handle the majority of office productivity tasks that workers typically perform. It supports multiple file formats including Microsoft Office and Open Document Format (ODF), and also can output content in PDF format.
- Enabled Microsoft Office 2007 files import support
- Significant enhancements in DataPilot in spreadsheets
- Numbering enhancement in documents to improve interoperability with Microsoft Word
- Enabled Microsoft Office and IBM Lotus SmartSuite password protection support for spreadsheets
- Enabled network URI access and hyperlink support that allows you to create network connection hyperlinks for URI protocols including FTP, MailTo, and SMB
- Enabled envelope support which allows you to create an envelope, set envelope properties, and set printing options
- Enabled Widgets Catalog server support
- Improved print performance
- Enabled Sumproduct's ForceArray formula support in spreadsheets
- Many other enhancements and bug fixes
Reviewing Beta 3 (Dec 24, 2007)
More improvements, including faster installation, blogging features, and autosave. This is what MS Office 2007 should have been like.
Reviewing Beta 1 (Oct 3, 2007)
Essentially an advanced shell on top of OpenOffice, I actually like it and it's a lot faster on GNU/Linux than on Windows (just like OpenOffice is). Neat features include: (1) placing formatting and positioning elements in a visible taskbar, or "sidebar" which can also be floated or hidden; (2) tabbed documents below the menu and dropdown toolbar icons; (3) an integrated environment, allowing you to open and view any type of document without opening another window; (4) a wordcount dialog that also counts foreign words to the default language; (5) features for long research papers and documents, and hey, stupid-simple TOC creation.
IT IS A BETA RELEASE as some keyboard shortcuts don't work and it doesn't remember to open in a maximized position. But if MS Office 2007 had taken this tack instead of that 1st grader ribbon, they would have saved 116 pixels of vertical screen space for each document. In all, this makes the 23rd office program or suite to use ODF as its native file format compared to [-1-] for Microsoft's failed MS-OOXML format.
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