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Lotus Symphony is a suite of applications for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Lotus Symphony is based on OpenOffice.org Technology and supports the ODF standard, ISO 26300.

What's New

Version 3.0.1:


  • Opening Microsoft Office 2007 documents that are protected by a password.
  • More numbering and bullet styles.
  • Performance enhancement for autosave.
  • Homepage enhancement.
  • Editing speaker notes in normal view.
  • Coping data from a spreadsheet as a link.
  • Keeping formatting in DataPilot tables.
  • 1 more...


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Tsehov Member IconReview+27

This could be nice app if there were more spell checkers available. It seems that there are many languages supported in Windows version unlike in Mac version.

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Version 3.0.1

And you give half star only because you did'nt find spell checkers?


They have spell checkers is so many different languages that you can download and install on Mac from Lotus symphony website. and they have other Add on's there too.

Cattus-Thraex Member IconReview+154

After several days of test (I received the IBM info letter last week), I find IBM Lotus Symphony a good work, quite fast, very mac-like style. Seems to better preserve original formatting of .doc and .docx files, imported Nisus rtf files very well, including headers and footers.
The problem with this build, as well as the already numerous OO, LibreO, NeoO variants is that we already have TOO MANY offices for mac, to add here iWork and, of course, MS Office for mac. This may prove confusing.
I understand Lotus symphony will merge with OO 4. This sounds good, if OO 4 takes this interface, and improves it, then make a jump in speed, then this may be indeed a great step forward.

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Version 3.0.1
Ilgaz Member IconComment+522

Sad thing is, with every single G5 we purchased, we paid a significant sum to IBM and nobody else. G4 etc. got Motorola involved and you know current status of them so lets not bother with them.
IBM Lotus Symphony is Intel only. IBM can't code multiple architecture and yet this is the same company who STILL sells G5 and real POWER machines, some costing millions. Same company also sets up www.power.org .
I got great respect for them but every kind of "Intel only" release validates Steve Jobs point even more. In fact, if Console makers go with X86 in next generation, this kind of abandonment will also be part of reason.
They just validate non-X86 phobia with such actions. SJobs said really less about their disservice. It wasn't just 3Ghz and performance per watt, it was also lack of support from IBM and their strange developer connections.

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Version 3.0

PPC is completely out of sight now, the last PPC mac was shipped in August 2006, so any nostalgic analysis is entirely useless. To be clear, I am an old mac user, and—at that time—fond of PPC architecture. G 5 was a great processor. Well, in this field, whosoever remains behind is abandoned, so was PPC.
Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 seems OK, well done, stable, very mac-like, unlike OO and LO, still with that ugly Linux-like interface.

Wighta Member IconComment+17

This feels like a direct Windows port i.e. fairly horrid to a long time Mac User. From IBM's web site it is clear that though there are Mac & Linux versions it is primarily meant as an alternative to Office for Windows users. It is based on current OpenOffice.org 3.0. I prefer NeoOffice, which is also based on current OpenOffice.org 3.0, which much more Mac friendly.

Why bother with such software, even if it is free? I see them as being primarily document conversion utilities i.e. you can open Windows documents and then save them out as PDFs. Alternatively one can transform Mac documents into a form Windows users can readily handle. And why install it if you have already installed NeoOffice? Well, it might just happen to handle a Windows document better than NeoOffice. That's why I have Adobe Reader---I rarely use it except when Skim or Preview or PDFpen cannot successfully print a particular PDF file.

Incidentally, before you can download you will have to give your full contact details but can then opt out of being contacted by them. And when you do download, be sure to select the non-default option of download via http as their applet crashed Safari on my 10.5.8 system.

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Version 3.0
Franco45 Member IconComment+2

I downloaded the .dmg file in both ways, through the IBM applet AND by http connection. The dmg file opens up, but when trying to launch the package , the Apple installers opens... and nothing happens. Is there something else to do i missed? When downloading by the IBM applet, the progress bar indicates a 99% completion, whilst the applets say "finished". Mistery. I really would like to try Symphony.

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Version 1.3

You got further than me. I just tried to download their latest beta, and I got this whole weird dialog box thing that I've never seen in all the years (decades, actually) I've downloaded shareware. Ultimately, no matter which drive I tried to select for downloading it, it did not seem to recognize it. They did, however, manage to successfully gather my e-mail information. I can't say strongly enough that one should STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS!!

Y-Guy Member IconReview+163

I picked up v1.3 back in June and been running it on my Mac as well as my XP machine at work. I really like the interface compared to OO or Neo, just has a refined clean look. I didn't care for IBM's request to register and their download process is anything but easy, but the program itself is great. I've since removed OO and Neo and only use Symphony for my Mac.

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Version 1.2b
gazman Member IconComment+189

I would really like to try this software but the link MacUpdate supplies doesn't work and when you go to IBM's page to download it, instead of using Safari's built-in downloader it insists on using its own 'Download Director' which cannot connect through my work's proxy server. Ridiculous setup.

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Version 1.2b
rampancy Member IconComment+127

Version 1.3 of Lotus Symphony is here:


Hopefully this resolves the issue where it broke after 10.5.6.

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Version 1.2b
AppScout Member IconComment+56

The interface indeed looks much, much better than either Neo or OOo.

But, that's about it.

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Version 1.2b
wilpon Member IconComment+11

This is using the current OpenOffice 1.1.4 code. The response I got from the Symphony Forum was that they will be moving to the 3.0 code in 2009. The interface seems superior to other OO derivatives.

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Version 1.2b
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Date 02 Mar 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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