Archive for Symphony Thursday

Symphony Thursday: Briefings for Lotus Symphony

April 23 2009

Ed brings us news about the Lotus ExpertBriefing on Lotus Symphony from IBM Software Services. There is a podcast and a transcript pdf you can download that covers topics such as: What is Lotus Symphony and how does it fit into a set of tools? Open source movement - Is it safe to be moving in this direction for an organization? How does Lotus Symphony compare to Microsoft products? Who should use Lotus Symphony? What additional functionality or benefits does Lotus Symphony have beyond Microsoft's suite? What is our roadmap, long-term viability of Lotus Symphony? What do I do about technical support, what’s the best method for coexistence, what do I do about security and stability? If you are looking for a more in depth briefing for your company about Lotus Symphony, PSC has a Lotus Symphony JumpStart offering. Over two days, we do a briefing around executive, user, administration, development, and migration topics. At the end of the two days, your company will have an idea of the le

Symphony Thursday: In-depth product comparison white paper from IBM

April 23 2009

Mikkel Heisterberg brings us news of an IBM White Paper that provides (from the IBM position) a comparison of Lotus Symphony, Microsoft Office, and You can get it here (once signing in to the IBM website). Thanks for the heads up Mikkel!

Symphony Thursday: Team Blog on Document Interoperability

April 23 2009

Most readers here know that I am very big on the document independence nad interoperability movement going thru the industry right now. The age of application automation and file format lock-in is giving way to document generation and open standard, document formats. The Lotus Symphony Team Blog has an new entry written by Wei Guo SHI, Development Manager for the product: In current Office market, there are a number of document formats, includes not only traditional binary formats, e.g. Microsoft Office binary format, Lotus SmartSuite format, but also XML based open standard document formats, e.g. ODF(ISO26300), UOF(China national Office standard format), and OOXML(ISO29500), as well as other popular formats, e.g. HTML, PDF etc. For each document format, there are multiple implementations, a large number of end users, and a huge amount of existing documents. With the requirements of exchanging document and sharing information across different formats, interoperability for documents

Symphony Thursday: New & Updated Plug-ins on the Symphony Website

April 23 2009

The following are the new and updated plug-ins available for Lotus Symphony: Plug-In Name Updated Date Plug-in Category Description Document2Html plug-in for IBM Lotus Symphony Apr 15, 2009 File Conversion This plug-in is designed to convert Symphony supported document files into html format by batch. The supported format includes Open Document Text, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Rich Text Format, Text, Lotus Word Pro. Chart Sync plug-in for IBM Lotus Symphony Apr 15, 2009 Utilities The Lotus Symphony Chart Sync plug-in adds the capability of synchronizing charts which reside in spreadsheet document, presentation document and text document. When you create a chart in a spreadsheet document, you might want to make a copy of the chart in a presentation or a text document. This plug-in helps you to automatically synchronize the three charts when the original chart data changes in the spreadsheet document. Symphony Calculator plug-in for IBM Lotus Symphony Apr 15, 2009 Misc

Symphony Thursday: New Clip Art and Clip Art Collections on the Lotus Symphony Gallery

April 23 2009

This post is from the Notes Design Blog, by Mary Beth Raven: You can browse and download brand new Symphony clip art from the Gallery section of the Lotus Symphony website. From the Gallery, there are two ways you can download clip art, as shown in the figure below.: 1. "All In One" download: This is the most efficient way. You select your favorite category and then download the whole set of images. For example, if you want to download all of the "Bullet" icons, just click the "Bullets All In One", then from the details page, click "Download now" to get a .zip file (you need to unzip the file later). 2. "One By One" download: You can also browse individual clip art images and select your favorite ones to download one at a time. After you download them, just follow these steps to add them into the clip art gallery. 1. Open the clip art gallery dialog (main menu entry: Tools Gallery). 2. Click the "New Themes..." button, and you will see a pop up dialog. 3. Click

Symphony Thursday: It’s Back!

April 23 2009

Sorry for the past couple of weeks where Symphony Thursday went dark. My travel schedule got the best of me. So I am taking full opportunity of some down time this week to get a bunch of articles written for the next month. Some other pieces of news that go along with Symphony Thursday: 1. I have created the twitter account SymphonyThurs. That should have all of the Symphony blog topics I post on there later today. I am looking for ways to make that the defacto Symphony twitter account going forward. More to come there. 2. I will have a dedicated RSS feed for Symphony Thursday soon! I am getting ready to talk all about Lotus Symphony 1.3 and the long awaiting Symphony LSX that brings LotusScript and Java support to Domino Designer for automating Lotus Symphony. I should have complete overviews and detailed examples using the LSX when 1.3 ships! Technical tips will return next week!

Symphony Thursday - Are you using the Plug-ins Manager?

March 12 2009

A week break in the technical posts, I wanted to highlight a feature that was added to the Symphony Plug-ins page since the 1.2 release. So before the Plug-in Manager, a user had to download the zip file from the Symphony Plug-in pages to their machine. Second, go to the File | Application | Install dialog and go thru the clunky Add New Feature dialog for every Symphony plug-in. With the Plug-in Manager, they only have to this once! Let me walk you thru the steps of installing the Plug-in Manager: Step 1: Go to the Symphony Website and click Plug-ins Step 2: Go to the Plug-in Manager Plug-in (you may have to scroll down to find it in the list) and click Download Step 3: Start Lotus Symphony. Go to File | Application | Install Step 4: In the Install/Update dialog, select the Select for new features to install Step 5: In the Install Dialog - Applications Locations dialog, click the Add Zip/Jar Location... button Step 6: Locate the Plug-in Manager zip file that you downlo

Symphony Thursday: Developer 101 - Presentations "Hello World"

February 26 2009

Symphony Thursday: Developer 101 1. Introduction to UNO Development and Documents/Writer "Hello World" 2. Spreadsheets"Hello World" 3. Presentations "Hello World" Last time, I covered the basics of UNO Development and walked you thru a "Hello World" application for Writer and Lotus Symphony Documents. This blog entry will cover an introduction to Impress and Lotus Symphony Presentations. Introduction to Lotus Symphony Presentations In both Impress and Symphony Presentations, you work with presentations. From there, you work with slides / pages. On each of those slides / pages, you have shapes. The shapes contain text, graphics, or the other data on your slides. Once you navigate to the shape, you get a text handle to the text object and everything else is much like working with text in Symphony Documents or Writer. Let’s Start Lotus Symphony Presentations To create the instance of Impress / Lotus SYmphony Presentations, call its URL Set I

Symphony Thursday: Developer 101 - Spreadsheets "Hello World"

February 19 2009

Symphony Thursday: Developer 101 1. Introduction to UNO Development and Documents/Writer "Hello World" 2. Spreadsheets"Hello World" Last time, I covered the basics of UNO Development and walked you thru a "Hello World" application for Writer and Lotus Symphony Documents. This blog entry will cover an introduction to Calc and Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets. Introduction to Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets Just like we did with Lotus Symphony Documents, we have to call the Service Manager and the Desktop. Set SM=CreateObject("") Set Desktop=SM.createInstance("") Next, we need to start the Calc / Spreasheets appplication. They use a different URL to define the application, one specific for Calc / Presentations. Set CalcApplication = Desktop.loadComponentFromURL_("private:factory/scalc","_blank",0,args) The command above creates the workbook and opens it for the user. We then need to get the

Symphony Thursday : Developer 101 - Introduction to UNO Development and Documents/Writer "Hello World"

February 5 2009

This is the first of the Symphony Thursday developer articles. In this post, we will cover the introduction to UNO development, a bit of history, and our first "Hello World" application. Introduction to Development Designed on an interface-based component model called Universal Network Objects (UNO) UNO definition UNO offers interoperability between different programming languages, different object models, different machine architectures, and different processes; either in a local network or even via the Internet UNO components can be implemented in, and accessed from, any programming language for which a UNO language binding exists StarOffice? Lotus Symphony? StarDivision StarOffice written in the mid 80s Bought by Sun Microsystems in 1999, StarOffice released in August 1999 Source code released October 2000 1.0 released May 2002, 2.0 in October 2005 OpenDocument format becomes international standard ISO/IEC 26300 November 20