Ed Brill – Bob Sutor: IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration

IBM VP Bob Sutor just posted this to his blog, following discussion on some of the Apache mailing lists over the last 24 hours:

via Ed Brill – Bob Sutor: IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration.

IBM Lotus Symphony – Release Notes

What’s New in IBM® Lotus® SymphonyTM 3.0.1?

IBM Lotus Symphony offers better visual design, easier access, and more useful functions to assist your work.


  • 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 million rows support in spreadsheets
  • Preserving the cell comments in Microsoft Office 2007 Excel files after save it in Lotus Symphony.


  • New chart types.
  • Inserting new level categories in chart data.
  • Including values from hidden cells.
  • Rotating text in data labels.

via IBM Lotus Symphony – Release Notes.

IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0 Review & Rating | PCMag.com


Highly usable, reliable, sleek, and integrated multiplatform desktop application suite, free for the download.


Can’t import as many formats as other variants on the OpenOffice.org codebase.

Bottom Line

The best free productivity suite you’ve probably never heard of. Designed by IBM for smooth, reliable use in office environments.



via IBM Lotus Symphony 3.0 Review & Rating | PCMag.com.

Speeding up Notes and Symphony

I ran across this tip today in one of our IBM user forums and thought you all would find it interesting for increasing performance at the desktop level …

Speeding Up Notes and Symphony


Making Notes 8.x (including 8.5 beta) in Eclipse feel much faster.
I’ve been reminded of this gem, given to me by skilled person I trust, which really speeds up the way Notes 8.x in Eclipse feels. I can’t say if its actually faster, but it does feel much faster. Use your file explorer to find this directory:

 for Notes version 8.5.1 The file “jvm.properties” is now located in a new place.


For versions prior to 8.5.1 –

In this folder, look for the file “jvm.properties” One of the first lines that isn’t commented out (preceeded by #) is:

Change that line to roughly half of your available ram. The recommendation I was given was actually 768, but since I have 3gb of RAM available to XP I set mine up a bit higher.

Note: Make sure you close Notes before you do this, and that all the Notes processes are terminated. If you’re not sure, reboot first. Go ahead, try it, and report what you think.

for Symphony

C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\framework\rcp\eclipse\plugins\com.ibm.rcp.j2se.win32.x86_1.6.0.20100225b-201009231900

Just a thought in case you are interested.