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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

Lotus Symphony has been getting a lot of attention in the last week. My team worked on the user interface improvements to the Open Office editors that we are using (which first appeared in the Workplace Client - you remember that one, right?). I think one of the excellent changes is the addition of the properties panel to the right (see below). The only complaint I have is that I wish more properties were exposed there. Oh well...something to do next time.
picture of Symphony Documents property panel

I'm not the only one who is noticing the UI - PC World has an article online that says:

Despite the fact that it is free, Symphony is powerful, deep, well written and well documented. Aside from a minor formatting issue, I had no problem opening and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations created with Microsoft products.

Not having used IBM Lotus products for many years, I still was able to edit using my favorite features in just a few minutes. When it comes to core office applications, it isn't hard to navigate.

The writer concludes with: "In the end, Lotus Symphony is a solid offering and will certainly meet the basic office needs of many users. And you can't beat the price!"

Nice job, UX and Dev teams!

Chris Reckling
Program Director, MA UX Design Studio, Lotus Software

Chris Reckling | 28 September 2007 08:31:59 PM ET | Westford, MA

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