eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Lotus Symphony 1.1 - Stale Features

By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2008-10-06 Email Print this article Print
Lotus Symphony 1.1 is a freely-available office productivity suite from IBM that brings together a trio of word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications under a Big Blue label. Symphony's interface is new, based on Eclipse, but its internals are old, based on OpenOffice.org 1.1.4; the result is a fairly good productivity suite with an interface that's much fresher-and a feature set that's more stale-than those that grace the OpenOffice.org 3.0 release I recently tested.


However, it wasn't long before I started noticing the absence of fixes and enhancements that long ago made their way into OpenOffice.org. For one, I missed the control-shift-v shortcut that pulls up the "Paste special" menu I'm accustomed to using to paste text from my clipboard while stripping out formatting. Symphony is based on an OpenOffice.org version that lacks that keyboard shortcut.


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