Symphony

Version: 1.3 || Release Date: 2009-06-10 || License: Freeware Developer: Lotus | App Owner: mt36000

The wait is over....Lotus Symphony 1.2 delivers beta support for Mac OS X 10.5(Intel). So, what do you get when you combine the standard-bearer for GUI elegance of the Mac OS X with the clean, award winning interface of Lotus Symphony? An unbeatable combination of innovation and simplicity for office productivity applications, designed with users in mind.

The development team has worked hard to ensure that Lotus Symphony not only works on Mac OS X but is optimized to take advantage of elegance of Aqua GUI theme with the innovation and simplicity Mac users have come to expect.

Right now, for Beta, Lotus Symphony on Mac OS X is available in English only. Rest assured, however, we will support all the languages when we move Lotus Symphony support for Mac OS X out of Beta to be generally available.

Now, it's your turn to do the work. Download it, use it, give us feedback. Your feedback is vital to ensuring that we continue to focus on the right things and ensure that Lotus Symphony delivers the experience you need.

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6 Opinions

Tried Symphony 3 Beta 2.
Pro: Symphony can open multiple documents in tabs, and starts up slightly faster than Open Office.
Con: Byzantine download procedure; wouldn't want to go through this every time there's an update. Symphony takes more space on your disk than Open Office, even though it has less features. Review at Datamation says Symphony uses more RAM than Open Office, & can take a year for new Open Office features to be integrated into Symphony. Interface has IBM's branding on it. Has IBM light blue background instead of Open Office gray; the gray is easier on the eyes.
IMO: Use OpenOffice or NeoOffice.

Just submitted an update - is now at version 1.3

Well...it's easy enough to enter a fake address on the registration and bypass the download applet by clicking the http download link....but it's annoying that it's only at the point that the file is revealed to be Intel-only.

The IBM download site sucks horribly, and requires Java to be enabled so that their download applet will run.

Once you get beyond that, there's some interesting concepts in the program itself. The core of the program is based on OpenOffice, but the interface is very clean and streamlined, and it has a sidebar that works similarly in principle to the tabbed palette in the old Lotus SmartSuite on Windows. The suite also borrows some concepts from Firefox 3 for the GUI: a tabbed interface, an addons browser, a thumbnail view akin to the one Firefox 3.1 will be acquiring (and which hopefully will have a working text search in the near future!), etc. It's a bit too buggy for regular use right now, but it's a good start and will hopefully evolve into a nice alternative to OpenOffice for people who don't like the latter's MS Office 97-style interface.

Seems you must register to try this application out. No go for me.

I commend developers making free apps, for what they do, but I have funny feelings towards marketing jargon and tryout registrations.

What's with the first person and marketing language (The wait is over... team has worked hard... Now, it's your turn). Somewhere in the midst of this must be a description of what it does. Oh yeah, 'office productivity applications'.