Business Software Word Processing Lotus Symphony for Windows

Lotus Symphony for Windows 1.3 for Windows

by IBM Corp.

Avg. Rating 4.0 (94 votes)

File Details

File Size 196.5 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 8,627
Publisher IBM Corp.
Homepage Lotus Symphony
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

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.

Latest Reviews

rfithen

rfithen reviewed v1.3 on Nov 23, 2010

Comments: 2. Does it skip installing additional products? nay* While this product does not install any 3rd party products; it does use the “QuickStart” tray icon by default. (Similar to OpenOffice.) It can be turned off. 03. Does it install correctly? aye* One exception, you have to manually associate Microsoft Office extensions. Either by the options menu, or you operating system. This does not affect the initial install; but does affect the hit the ground running’ functionality. 9 of 10 ayes. I prefer this over LibreOffice. Why? because one can open an Excel SpreadSheet, Word Document, and PowerPoint Presentation all in 1 Window.

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Full review at: http://rfithen.blogspot.com/

garretthylltun

garretthylltun reviewed v1.3 on Jun 12, 2009

It is a very nice suite which offers a clean and to the point interface offering just enough of what you would typically need to use instead of tossing a ton of toolbars and buttons in your face. Seemingly rock solid and stable as well, but it suffers greatly from one drawback which is that it is so so very slow.... In comparison to say OpenOffice, it takes near 5 times longer to load Lotus Symphony.

But if you have a superior top of the line PC and don't need all the extra features and functionality of most of the other office suites, then Lotus Symphony maybe just what you've been looking for.

H2O_lover

H2O_lover reviewed v1.3 on Jun 11, 2009

197MB

And this makes sense,... how? Comparing to OO, MSO, or something else?

cpb

cpb reviewed v1.2 on Nov 17, 2008

206mb.

thefallenlight

thefallenlight reviewed v1.2 on Nov 6, 2008

Nice user interface is just not enough. Slow, demanding on system resources, based on an outdated technology (OO.o 1.x). If it is supposed to be a replacement for Lotus Smartsuite then it is a huge step back.

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v1.1 on Sep 6, 2008

I like the program but the process of downloading it is just horrible. Hey IBM, making your products a hassle to download is a real turnoff to people. Having to register, and then actually find the link you want...try waking up and joining us in 2008. Give users a simple way to download the version they need and stop requiring them to fill out forms.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v1.1 on Sep 2, 2008

For the average human, it's really nice and also intuitive. I like it.

mytake4this

mytake4this reviewed v1.1 on Sep 1, 2008

Compared to OO Portable, the tabs for open spreadsheets is a plus. It seems to take longer to load on my computer than OO Portable, and for what I use it for mainly, the spreadsheets, I still prefer OO. You can pre-load into memory with Symphony, and it opens in about the same time frame as OO, but what's the use. The OO Portable is as fast without pre-loading for the initial spreadsheet to come up, then afterwards is the same speed as the Lotus using the optimized setting for 1GB of memory computers. I customized the OO toolbar the way I like it, find it attractive enough. Don't need Excel. Don't see how Symphony is all that much different looks wise, though as mentioned before, the tabs are nice.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v1.1 on Sep 1, 2008

Not impressed. Was like pulling teeth just to down it. During install wanted DNS access and then upon it's slow startup it then wanted to be a server too. Doesn't even have a check for update option and it didn't ask me if I wanted it to put an item in my startup folder either. It just did anyways.
While this seems to be portable as is OO, albeit about 65MB larger than OO, it is not as responsive as is OO which btw does not ask for dns or server abilities just to run. And OO is faster imo.
Granted I did not test the compatibility between document formats. If there were reason to say it IS better than OO, spell it out next time. Not impressed at all. I won't even mention the ton of crap it left in my reg upon uninstall.
And for those who have trouble using OO, maybe you should lay off the pc altogether-rediculous.
BASIC is the best word for this. OO is way more powerful in a smaller package and has much more behind it than just a logo (ibm).

netean

netean reviewed v1.1 on Sep 1, 2008

I loathe openoffice, it's ugly and bulky and slow. Yeah it's free, but if it's a pain to use who cares.

Symphony is based on Openoffice IIRC. but looks nice, looks simple to use, has a good overall design philosphy. 90% of most word processors features are not used by most user, symphony works with that, but only showing you the most basic features until you want or need something more - then it's there for you.

This is qhat openoffice should have been like 5 years ago.

Avg. Rating 4.0 (94 votes)
Your Rating
rfithen

rfithen reviewed v1.3 on Nov 23, 2010

Comments: 2. Does it skip installing additional products? nay* While this product does not install any 3rd party products; it does use the “QuickStart” tray icon by default. (Similar to OpenOffice.) It can be turned off. 03. Does it install correctly? aye* One exception, you have to manually associate Microsoft Office extensions. Either by the options menu, or you operating system. This does not affect the initial install; but does affect the hit the ground running’ functionality. 9 of 10 ayes. I prefer this over LibreOffice. Why? because one can open an Excel SpreadSheet, Word Document, and PowerPoint Presentation all in 1 Window.

..

Full review at: http://rfithen.blogspot.com/

garretthylltun

garretthylltun reviewed v1.3 on Jun 12, 2009

It is a very nice suite which offers a clean and to the point interface offering just enough of what you would typically need to use instead of tossing a ton of toolbars and buttons in your face. Seemingly rock solid and stable as well, but it suffers greatly from one drawback which is that it is so so very slow.... In comparison to say OpenOffice, it takes near 5 times longer to load Lotus Symphony.

But if you have a superior top of the line PC and don't need all the extra features and functionality of most of the other office suites, then Lotus Symphony maybe just what you've been looking for.

H2O_lover

H2O_lover reviewed v1.3 on Jun 11, 2009

197MB

And this makes sense,... how? Comparing to OO, MSO, or something else?

cpb

cpb reviewed v1.2 on Nov 17, 2008

206mb.

thefallenlight

thefallenlight reviewed v1.2 on Nov 6, 2008

Nice user interface is just not enough. Slow, demanding on system resources, based on an outdated technology (OO.o 1.x). If it is supposed to be a replacement for Lotus Smartsuite then it is a huge step back.

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v1.1 on Sep 6, 2008

I like the program but the process of downloading it is just horrible. Hey IBM, making your products a hassle to download is a real turnoff to people. Having to register, and then actually find the link you want...try waking up and joining us in 2008. Give users a simple way to download the version they need and stop requiring them to fill out forms.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v1.1 on Sep 2, 2008

For the average human, it's really nice and also intuitive. I like it.

mytake4this

mytake4this reviewed v1.1 on Sep 1, 2008

Compared to OO Portable, the tabs for open spreadsheets is a plus. It seems to take longer to load on my computer than OO Portable, and for what I use it for mainly, the spreadsheets, I still prefer OO. You can pre-load into memory with Symphony, and it opens in about the same time frame as OO, but what's the use. The OO Portable is as fast without pre-loading for the initial spreadsheet to come up, then afterwards is the same speed as the Lotus using the optimized setting for 1GB of memory computers. I customized the OO toolbar the way I like it, find it attractive enough. Don't need Excel. Don't see how Symphony is all that much different looks wise, though as mentioned before, the tabs are nice.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v1.1 on Sep 1, 2008

Not impressed. Was like pulling teeth just to down it. During install wanted DNS access and then upon it's slow startup it then wanted to be a server too. Doesn't even have a check for update option and it didn't ask me if I wanted it to put an item in my startup folder either. It just did anyways.
While this seems to be portable as is OO, albeit about 65MB larger than OO, it is not as responsive as is OO which btw does not ask for dns or server abilities just to run. And OO is faster imo.
Granted I did not test the compatibility between document formats. If there were reason to say it IS better than OO, spell it out next time. Not impressed at all. I won't even mention the ton of crap it left in my reg upon uninstall.
And for those who have trouble using OO, maybe you should lay off the pc altogether-rediculous.
BASIC is the best word for this. OO is way more powerful in a smaller package and has much more behind it than just a logo (ibm).

netean

netean reviewed v1.1 on Sep 1, 2008

I loathe openoffice, it's ugly and bulky and slow. Yeah it's free, but if it's a pain to use who cares.

Symphony is based on Openoffice IIRC. but looks nice, looks simple to use, has a good overall design philosphy. 90% of most word processors features are not used by most user, symphony works with that, but only showing you the most basic features until you want or need something more - then it's there for you.

This is qhat openoffice should have been like 5 years ago.

nanek921

nanek921 reviewed v1.0 on Jun 16, 2008

The Best MS Office Alternative, though it is still miles behind MS Office itself. As long as you have a newer computer (dual core anything with 1gb Ram) this is a great free set of office apps. I think the interface is much friendlier than Open Office or Sun Office, while offering the same basic productivity.

Someone reviewed vBeta 4 on Apr 1, 2008

I am rating this a 4 just to ask some questions about open office and how it comapares to MS Office.
Since I haven't used open office, this is an information seeking review.
MS Office, over the years has done a pretty good job in integrating excel, word and even Powerpoint. Excel also allows you to print the information in different styles depending on what you think is the best way to present the information( i.e pie-shape, bar-shape, graph..etc). What flexibility and integration does open office give you. If anyone does respond, I would ask that you give specific examples of the differences (don't mention price, that is a given). Also, Ms has a ton of templates that you can download that can make presentations even better. I realize that office 2007 has made many changes especially in excel but these seem to be more of a re-learning issue than a problem. So, as someone who is open to concrete explanations, I would appreciate some feedback especially since in 2 weeks I have to give a presentation to the USGS on a specific theory and want the best tools available.

Ian C.

Ian C. reviewed vBeta 4 on Feb 6, 2008

Significant speed improvement in this version, just about as fast as OOo now. I think maybe I'll uninstall OOo and Star Office.

@gcbetaman
I agree with you on that point, registration is kind of a pain (although most huge companies with free products do this now: Sun, Vmware, etc ), but shouldn't you at least give it a neutral score if you didn't try it. I did forgot my account info from the beta 3 download, no easy way to retrieve it, so got one from dontreg.com. :)

edit: Gonna keep OOo around for a while since this doesn't support databases yet.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed vBeta 4 on Feb 6, 2008

I fully support and/all freeware Office suites.

I have this installed on one system, with no complaints.

gcbetaman

gcbetaman reviewed vBeta 4 on Feb 5, 2008

The lengthy registration required to download this application suite is NOT working. I've tried twice, and it's still a no-go. As badly as I'd like to try this out for my company, this perhaps shows you how much IBM really cares about this product.

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