IBM's Unfinished Symphony

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When Lotus Symphony faces the music, the question becomes, “Do we really need another proprietary office suite based on OpenOffice.org?”
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-- Bruce Byfield (nanday)

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Symphony in a Web Browser

Anonymous's picture

I suspect the answer is 'No', since no one is talking about it; but here's my question:

Is there a Symphony plugin or extension that allows direct edit of documents in a Web Browser that gives the editor the option to "Submit" or "Save" the changes back to the server?

IBM Symphony

Brett D's picture

Lotus Amipro had more functionality and was easier to use then Symphony. Why IBM cannot take Amipro and make a carbon copy work in open document is beyond me.

People in my work place using Word always look back at how easy Amipro was to use and how reliable it was and wish that we could flick Word.

If IBM want a winner then implement a modern version of the way Amipro worked.

Unfinished Symphony?

GordonKeehn's picture

Regardless of the Symphony's finished (or unfinished) state, I'll be using it for quite a while to come. Why? because it's the only currently supported office suite that understands Lotus Wordpro files. I've been using Wordpro since it was Samna Ami. I've got years of documents that have been lovingly maintained and upgraded from Ami through Ami Pro to Wordpro, and an increasingly creaky copy of SmartSuite with which to read them. I don't know why IBM, in it's infinite wisdom, chose to abandon SmartSuite. Other than the fact that they had no users beyond the few of us that liked Wordpro, or 123, and were willing to put up with no support, for an aging interface that we knew and loved.
Well, the interface has changed. For the better? I don't think so. I don't plan on growing to love Symphony. (Although stranger things have happened.) BUT I now have a tool that I can use to translate all those old files into something that I can continue to use through that part of the 21st century that I am privileged to see.

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