The IBM Lotus Symphony suite--which is available at no
charge--can help you take back control of your IT budget while
giving most users the tools they need to excel at their jobs.
Designed to handle the tasks that most people perform in a
professional setting, IBM Lotus Symphony tools enable users
to create, edit and share word processing documents, spread-
sheets and presentations.
IBM Lotus Symphony software supports OpenDocument
Format (ODF) and is designed for mixed environments. So
users can share documents, presentations and spreadsheets
that are in the Microsoft Office format or in ODF-compliant
applications and solutions. That way, you can provide users
the tools they need with fewer sacrifices. Moreover, power
users, such as those in the finance department, can continue
to rely on Microsoft Excel while those who use spreadsheets
for simpler tasks can use Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets, for
example. Best of all, you can even make sure that every single
computer user has access to office productivity applications
without having to invest in costly licenses. Moreover, because
IBM Lotus Symphony software supports ODF, your organiza-
tion can free itself from specific vendors and can access, use
and maintain documents over the long term without concern
for ongoing licensing and royalty fees.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have used Bean. It crashes and did not have headers or footers. Not for any kind of business application since you cannot put in any logo in the header or address in footer. NeoOffice and OpenOffice also periodically crashed when I used them, versions about six months old in 10.4.11 on MacBook Pro. AppleWorks from Apple, their commercial software - it crashed as well. So then I started using Symphony. Works with my system great. But I took one of the poster's comments who talked about a registration account. I went to the Symphony site and downloaded the Beta 3 (third upgrade) of Symphony Version 3 (not 1.3 version). It does not crash, has footers and headers, etc. It does have a large interface and I am still looking to see if I can magnify the viewable file (just found, double click on the 100% and then make selection). Symphony was the leader years ago. It is IBM. Have you ever heard anyone say, "Well I just don't know about IBM." That has never happened to me. IBM is quality. This looks and feels better than any of the previously mentioned word processors. Great program and the Beta Version 3, Revision 3 is free. I just have to find the user manual. Try to get it when you do the download. You do have to register, but this thing is like a rock. Out of opening the limited number of files and times I have worked on files is only about 13 times, it has not let me down. Search the web for the Symphony beta site. I think you will be able to find it. It is relatively easy to find and easy to register. I forgot where it was. Remember fellow reviewers to give Operating System and Hardware configurations for the rest of us.