I want the headings in my documents to have heading numbers. That way when I’m speaking to someone on the phone or via email, I can have them quickly navigate the document (e.g. “It’s in the first paragraph of section 2.2 on page 14.”). If you’re coming from Word, figuring out how to do this in Lotus Symphony isn’t necessarily easy but this lesson should show you how. Continue reading
When I was going to college in Boulder, one of my favorite treats was the beer bread at the Walnut Brewery. I don’t make it back to Boulder very often so I like to make the bread here in San Francisco using our very own Anchor Steam Beer. The following is a slightly modified version of the original. Continue reading
When you style your Symphony documents you should really use custom styles rather than individually styling your text. By using styles you can update the look of your document without having to go page by page making changes. A quick change of the appropriate style will propagate the change throughout your document. Continue reading
Last fall IBM introduced their Lotus Symphony product (re-introduced really). This time around Symphony is a reworked version of the Open Office suite of business applications (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation) integrated with the Eclipse application framework. I’ve been a huge fan of Eclipse since it first appeared as a replacement for the IBM Visual Age development environment. Eclipse has since grown into a multi-purpose framework for developing cross-platform applications.
So, why am I writing about this? Well, I’ve become increasingly frustrated with Microsoft Office and I’m at the point where I think it’s time to make a fresh start. Given the amount of time I have invested in learning Office, that’s not a decision made lightly. Symphony is still in beta release so my hope is that IBM will listen to user feedback and make an office suite that meets my needs.
As I go about my learning process I’m going to post my experiences here. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some useful information for others making the transition. Stay tuned…