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26 October 2010, 10:04

IBM releases Lotus Symphony 3 office suite

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IBM has announced the arrival of version 3 of its free Lotus Symphony office suite. The productivity tool suite consists of three applications, Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations, and is based on the 3.x branch of

Lotus Symphony 3 features the addition of new sidebar menus and support for version 1.2 of the Open Document Format (ODF) standard. Users can now customise toolbar content and layout, as well as create new business cards and labels. File encryption and password protection for Microsoft Word and Excel files has also been enabled. Version 3.0 includes a built-in update utility for future updates and Windows users can now download the spelling check dictionary from a choice of 22 different languages, separately.

Other changes include support for VBA scripts, a new clip art gallery, additional template files and master document and Office 2007 Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) support. The developers note that object rendering has been improved through anti-aliasing and overall performance has also been improved.

Further information about the release, including a full list of changes and new features, can be found in the release notes. Lotus Symphony 3 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the company's site following the required registration. An Installation Guide is provided.

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