Symphony: Numbered Headings

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

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Symphony: Docking the Style List

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

Lotus Symphony

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…

SSH Tunnels

Usually the Internet works great and I can get to everything I need to from wherever I may be.  Sometimes, however, I find myself in a network with a firewall that blocks access to something I want.  At times like those I revert to using SSH tunnels.  Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) I don’t find myself in those situations often enough to memorize the proper command syntax.  Hopefully this blog entry will save me the hassle of sifting through Google results for the solution. Continue reading