IBM Lotus Symphony is an office software program that consists of 3 applications: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets and Lotus Symphony Presentations. It is based on OpenOffice.org, but with an improved interface and a more professional look.
This new package, offered free of charge by IBM, is compatible with Microsoft Office, being able to open and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Those users accustomed to Office programs will have no problem adapting to Lotus Symphony as it is similar and has a very similar interface.
The word processor is similar to Word, and has most of the usual editing functions, in addition to many advanced functions, such as: the ability to save documents as templates, the ability to insert floating notes in documents, Support for nested tables, possibility of text selection by regions within the document, and several more functions.
As for the application to create spreadsheets, it is similar to Excel, and offers most of its functions, in addition to including a complete library of mathematical functions, and also the possibility of exporting spreadsheets to PDF format. In this edition is added a new wizard to create graphs, extremely complete and intuitive.
The presentation application is similar to PowerPoint, and allows you to open PPT files, but also allows you to create new presentations and add affects to transitions between pages. It has templates to insert tables, texts and images, having different designs, and with the possibility of personalizing them. It is possible to export presentations to the SWF format (Flash videos), which facilitates the inclusion of presentations within websites, without the need for an external application to open them.
On the official site there are more templates to add to any of the 2 applications, which include models to be used for different purposes: calendars, invoices, liquidations of expenses, and so on.
Lotus Symphony's Spanish documentation is available, explaining the main features, news, and operation of its tools.
The application is available in Spanish, being possible to add a dictionary in Spanish, to be used by the spell checker when analyzing the text.
An interesting novelty is the inclusion of a web browser within the application, which allows access to the internet to query and copy text, without leaving the processor.
IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 is the latest version, which is available for Windows (Windows XP with SP3, Windows Vista with SP2 and Windows 7), Linux (SuSE 11, RedHat 5 Update 4, Ubuntu 10.04) and Mac OS ( Macintosh OS X 10.6.2, Macintosh OS X 10.7).
NOTE: Before downloading the application you need to register.