Archive for LotusSymphony

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 Plug-ins

June 8 2010

To go along with IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3, IBM has released a bunch of new plug-ins specific to this version: LotusLive Connector : Links you to LotusLive by simple click Mass Convertor : Batch converts MicroSoft Office files into odf format Organization Chart: Generates organization charts in Lotus Symphony Presentations Embedded SharePoint: Manages SharePoint server documents in Lotus Symphony Media Wiki : Lets you write and publish your wiki in Lotus Symphony Wiki Convertor: Converts Lotus Symphony Document to Confluence or Lotus Connections wik Send to Mail: Automatically starts your default mail system to send your current document Spreadsheet to HTML: Converts Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets into HTML files Document to HTML: Converts documents to HTML files Open HTML File: Opens and converts HTML files into Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets FTP Document Management: Manages your FTP server documents in Lotus Symphony Embedded Calculator: Does calculations without leaving Lotus Symphony

Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 gets IBM’s first collaborative editing in the cloud functionality with LotusLive integration

June 8 2010

It is a first release within a beta release of Lotus Symphony, so there is a lot of room for improvement. I would like to see: auto-refreshing a cleaner UI the ability to launch to LotusLive directly from the sidebar plugin Type-ahead support for the sharing dialog Group support for the sharing dialog and I think that if IBM really wants to compete with the other tools out there, there needs to be a LotusLive account that is free for users. Let them store documents and then be able to connect up to a paid corporate account. That will be a great solution. IBM has also released an add-in that provides LotusLive functionality as well. I think this is a great move on their part - embrace the greater community as the same time as deepening the functionality in their own products. Overall, this is a great first step. Lots of polish is needed, but I look forward to how this evolves as the Lotus Symphony 3 Beta continues.

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 Performance Results Video (WOW)

June 7 2010

I just recorded this video of the performance of IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3: So I know my hardware is pretty fast, but these results are still an amazing improvement over Symphony 1.3 and Symphony 3 Beta 2. WOW!

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 3 is Out!

June 7 2010

Just released today, you can find the release here. The highlights of what is new in Beta 3: What's New in IBM® Lotus® SymphonyTM 3 Beta3? General Quality Improvements Improved ODF file fidelity to better support processing files which were generated by previous versions of Lotus Symphony Fixed key Mac OS specific stability, functional and usability bugs Fixed Lotus Symphony Presentation table functional and usability bugs Improved memory leak issue during long run of Lotus Symphony Fixed additional bugs on general stability, function, usability and Microsoft Office interoperabilityNew Features More VBA APIs are supported Ability to customize toolbar content and layout Enabled Sidebar panel management to show or hide sidebar panels More sidebar pages and sections containing new property controlling Spreadsheet cell appearance, including cell borders Graphic Word processor page settings, including margins More sidebar panels in presentation editor Color palette, eyedropper, image a

PSC Getting Started Sample Database for Microsoft Office and Lotus Symphony Integration from Lotusphere 2010

February 8 2010

In both of my Lotusphere 2010 sessions, JMP106 “Kum Bah Yah” Meets “Lets Kick Butt” : The Integration of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino with Microsoft Office, .NET, and IBM Lotus Symphony and BP214 IBM Lotus Symphony : Finally, A Developer's Friend, we used the PSC Getting Started Sample Database. I promised to share it with everyone - and I apologize for the delay. This database has samples for the following technologies: Lotus Notes automating Microsoft Word Lotus Notes automating Microsoft Excel Lotus Notes automating Microsoft PowerPoint Lotus Notes automating Microsoft Project Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Documents (UNO) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets (UNO) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Presentations (UNO) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Documents (LotusScript) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets (LotusScript) Lotus Notes automating Lotus Symphony Presentations (LotusScript) Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) reading Lotus

IBM Lotus Symphony Website gets a makeover

February 3 2010

With the Symphony 3 Beta 2 Download, there is a new look and feel for the webpage Love the logo in the bottom right :-)

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 is now available

February 3 2010

IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 is now available! Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 is now available! Give it a try. Tell us what you think. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 represents a major new advancement for our Lotus Symphony users. Based on current 3 code stream. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 offers loads of new features and capabilities and improved file fidelity. The Lotus Symphony team is excited to get it out to you and get your feedback. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 introduces support for Visual Basic Macros, OLE Objects, and embedded audio/video as well as delivering business card and label templates commonly used. Users will also find enhanced support for and interoperability with Microsoft Office 2007 files and file formats. We've enhanced the user interface and added features throughout the product, such as support for nested tables, presentation masters and Digital Signatures. Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 also makes improvements on commonly used features such as comments and Da

Lotusphere 2010 : Lotus Symphony Development - Comparing UNO vs LotusScript

February 1 2010

One of my favorite slides at Lotusphere 2010 was in "AD207 IBM Lotus Symphony Technical Overview" when they were comparing the code needed by both UNO and LotusScript to create a table. Let's look at this in detail: Here is a screenshot of the table to be created: The code required in UNO to create this table: Object desktop = factory.createInstance(""); XComponentLoader loader = ( XComponentLoader ) UnoRuntime.queryInterface(XComponentLoader.class, desktop); PropertyValue[] args = new PropertyValue[1]; args[0] = new PropertyValue(); args[0].Name = "Hidden"; args[0].Value = Boolean.FALSE; XComponent component = loader.loadComponentFromURL("private:factory/swriter", "_blank", 0, args); XTextDocument document = ( XTextDocument ) UnoRuntime.queryInterface(XTextDocument.class, component); XMultiServiceFactory docfactory = ( XMultiServiceFactory ) UnoRuntime.queryInterface(XMultiServiceFactory.class, document); Object ob

Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1

January 31 2010

So like many of the other bloggers in the Lotus Community, I was asked to check out the new "IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1" book from Packt Publishing. I got thru the book today and here are a few thoughts on it. First and foremost, the book is designed to be an overview of the product and an update on what is new. In many ways, it feels like the content you would get from a super duper "What's New in Notes" help file or something from Lotus Education to take the new certifications. I do not think that is a bad thing. If you were expecting a really detailed book on Xpages, this is not that book. I will get to the Xpages issue in a bit, but first - lets talk about what is good in the book. I found the chapters on the Domino Server, Deployment, Upgrading, and Coexistence to be very good, even if there are two chapters about Domino (Chapters 4 and 10) which should have been consolidated into one. I thought for anyone who was a beginner to mid level IT professional would learn someth

Word of Warning: Don’t Download Symphony 3 Beta just yet

January 29 2010

It seems people are excited about the upcoming Symphony 3 beta that is coming out shortly. So excited that I see a Symphony3Beta.exe has landed on bittorrents and Rapidshare, along with other sites. Here is the problem - IBM has not released a beta. Not even to Design Partners. So that file is not really Symphony 3 - it seems to be Symphony 1.3 Gold code - with a virus. Maybe even some malware. I won't spread what it is doing, but DO NOT DOWNLOAD Symphony3Beta.exe from anywhere other than It is not real and your computer and network will regret it.

PSC and "Insert Graphic in Lotus Symphony" demo video featured on Symphony Website

November 10 2009

PSC is one again featured on the Lotus Symphony website. And on the partner page: I was always skeptical on recording videos for this kind of business purpose, but the response from IBM and customers has been off the charts. Expect more videos! Thanks to IBM for the link love.

TriStateLUG 2009 - Integration and Coexistence Session Slides and Demo Database

November 9 2009

Tri State Lug 2009 - Integration And Coexistence SessionView more documents from John Head. Demo database available for download here