donderdag, september 20, 2007

My first impressions of Lotus Symphony

IBM has released Lotus Symphony. It is a free software suite containing a word processor ("Lotus Symphony Documents"), a spreadsheet ("Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets") and a presentation application ("Lotus Symhony Presentations"). It uses the Open Document Format (ODF) to store its files (just like OpenOffice.org).

I decided to download the Windows version and install it. Note that you'll have to register for an IBM ID to get access to the download pages. BTW: All files on the download pages are marked as "beta" even though the public (marketing) pages never mention this.

Some facts about the installation:
  • The size of the downloaded file is 133 MB.
  • The downloaded file is self extracting zip file that creates a setup.exe file, an update.zip file and a directory called deploy.
  • By default, files are installed in C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Symphony
  • The installation requires 324 MB of disk space.
  • The installation creates 3 icons on the desktop, without asking.
  • The installation creates 3 icons in the Start menu (directly under All Programs), without asking.
  • The installation associates Lotus Symphony with the file extensions odp, ods and odt, without asking.
  • After starting each application once, the disk usage of the files in the installation directory has grown to 364 MB.
It is all built on top of Eclipse. The benefits for developers are still very vague but hopefully this will become clear in the near future. I would like to know:
  • How to integrate Lotus Symphony in a standard Eclipse installation or in my own RCP?
  • How to create plug-ins that extend the functionality of Lotus Symphony?
We'll see how that turns out...

4 opmerkingen:

  1. I hope that one will be able to add plugin eclipse existing like this one org.eclipse.team. What would make it possible to add the function collaboration to Synphony by connecting it has a CVS and to propose the functions comparison allowing to manage documents ODT.

    I hope ...

    Phil

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  2. I am also curious to find out if it is available for Mac/Unix/Linux. If it is RCP/Eclipse and therefore SWT, shouldn't all four platforms be supported (at least in theory?). I suppose I should head over there to find out!

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  3. I was under the impression this was built on Open Office and not Eclipse.

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  4. It's a branded open office inside an Eclipse shell.

    Windows and Linux is supported now, with Mac support coming soon.

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