These notes contain information about new
features and known limitations between beta 3 and beta 4.
What's New in Beta 4
The new Lotus Symphony Developer Toolkit is introduced with Lotus Symphony Beta 4. Now developers are able to build their own Symphony plug-ins using Eclipse technology. Using the API's and the documentation and samples provided with the Developer Toolkit, developers can build plug-ins and integrate them seamlessly into Louts Symphony productivity applications -- sharing menus and views, creating dialog and manipulating the content of Lotus Symphony documents directly. This programmability gives developers the ability to expand Lotus Symphony for with specialized capabilities , for example the WebSphere Translator Plug-in helps the user to easily translate the words and sentences on-the-fly when working on a Lotus Symphony document.
The general spell check performance is improved.
Slides can be inserted from existing files in Lotus Symphony Presentations.
The data from external files can be imported so that a link to the external file is maintained. With this feature,users can refresh the embedded data when the external data source has been updated.
Password protected Excel (xls) file is able to be opened in Lotus Symphony Beta 4.
Document encryption is enabled for Lotus Documents, Lotus Spreadsheets and Lotus Presentations.
Euro currency is added to support some languages.
The UI of installation program is now available for multiple languages.
The Lotus Symphony website has been updated and enhanced to give users a catalog of plug-ins from IBM and 3rd parties as they become available and provide support should they have questions.
Also, a dedicated Developer Support Forum has been added to the website so developers building plug-ins get the help they need from IBM and other developers.
Toolkit of Lotus Symphony and plug-ins can be download from the website in Beta 4.
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Known Issues and Limitations
JAWS 8.0: Marked words cannot be read out consistently
JAWS 8.0 will not consistently read out words marked by the "Find & Replace" or "Spelling Check" dialog, if JAWS has been started with the operating system. As a workaround, close JAWS 8.0 and restart it.
SLED 10: SCIM 1.4.5 or higher is needed
On SLED 10, text cannot be input correctly with SCIM 1.4.4 using Lotus Symphony . It needs to be upgraded to SCIM 1.4.5 or later.
UI labels may be truncated with an ellipsis at the end
UI labels may be truncated with an ellipsis (...) at the end. To work around this issue, hover your mouse over the truncated label text, and the full text will be shown as a hover tip.
Forms are not saved correctly in .PPT format
If a Lotus Symphony Presentations document that contains forms is saved as a Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT) file, and then re-opened by PowerPoint, the forms in that document will be shown as blank rectangular frames.
Graphics with text cannot be copied to other applications
In the Lotus Symphony SpreadSheets and Lotus Symphony Presentations, inserting a graphic and inputting text into it, and then copying the graphic to another tool, or to Lotus Notes, the text inside the graphic may be lost.
JAWS: Version 8.0 or higher is needed using Windows
For JAWS users on a Windows machine, JAWS 8.0 or higher is required for Lotus Symphony.
There is no "Save as type" combobox in the 'Save as' dialog for Lotus Symphony running on the SUSE platform. File extensions need be set specifically to save a file as a certain type.
ODF file association is overwritten
The following file extension associations that are defined by the OpenDocument standard are overwritten on Windows platforms when you install Notes 8: .odt, .ott, .ods, .ots, .odp, and .otp. If you want to change the association, please consult your system administrator. The following gives one possible way to change the association of certain file extensions:
- In the Windows Explorer, right-click on a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and click "Open With"
- In the "Open With" dialog, click the program that you want to use to open the file, or click "Browse" to choose the program on a disk
- Select the check box "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file"
Save unsupported document type may cause data loss
Unsupported document types can be opened by altering their extensions, but this can cause data loss when the file is saved back. For example, changing a .HTML file into a .SXW file and opening it may result in the document content being lost when subsequently saving the file.
Special characters are not supported in file name
Use of special characters, like "*" and "#" in a file name is not supported, and should be avoided. Unpredictable results, including opening the wrong file and overwriting other files, may occur.
Avoid using special characters when saving a document. If a file name contains special characters, rename it before opening it.
Tables in Notes cannot be copied to Lotus Symphony Presentations
Selecting and copying a table in Notes, then pasting it into the Lotus Symphony Presentations, will cause only the table text to remain.
User cannot Undo if a document is not completely loaded
The "Undo" command does not work when a document is still loading (for example, if the page number in the status bar keeps on increasing), until that loading is finished.
Installation program doesn't support BIDI languages.
Installer doesn't support two BIDI languages translation, includes Hebrew and Israel. In these 2 languages, the installer UI will in English, but it will install right NLV resource files. So after installation, Lotus Symphony has correct native UI languages.
The Package For The Web utility only supports English
The very first unpack progress dialog from PFTW (Package For The Web) utility doesn't support translation, so it always keeps in English.
Spell check doesn't support the user dictionaries for some languages
Spell check does not support the user dictionaries of the following language versions: Hebrew, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Hungarian.
Lotus Symphony documents cannot be opened correctly via LotusScript
When opening documents with LotusScript code, if the LotusScript code is executed directly after the Windows system or Lotus Notes is restarted, the document is loaded into a separate window, not a tabbed window within Notes.
There are two workarounds:
Kill the soffice.exe process before executing LotusScript code
Disable preloading from the preference page; reference the preference page from File -> Preferences... -> IBM Lotus Symphony
Lotus Symphony freezes when invoking system menu with Jaws running
With Jaws running, pressing "Alt + F" then left arrow, or "Alt + Space" to launch Lotus Symphony's system menu, leads to a Lotus Symphony freeze. To recover from the freeze, please press "Alt + Tab" to switch focus to another application, then back.
Please press "Ctrl + Tab", "Alt + F", or "F10" to switch focus to menu bar, then press "Alt + Space" to launch Lotus Symphony's system menu.
The limitations of switching between languages
You can switch between English and any other supported languages. But you can only switch from one non-English languages to another within the same group:
Group 1 refers to Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish.
Group 2 refers to Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.
Without a successful switch between languages, you may get a partially translated or completely English user interface. This problem also exists when you upgrade from a different NLV installation of the same Beta version.
Preference settings will be lost after you upgrade to Beta 4
Preference settings will be lost after you upgrade to a later Beta 4 version.
The Windows desktop icon and menu item cannot be created in some special ca
This problem usually happens when you switch between operating system language locales. You can still launch Lotus Symphony directly by navigating to the installation folder and double-clicking the symphony.exe file.
Can't create localized slide from templates after changing locale
Users change the locale from English to other languages, then create a presentation from the an existing template. The language of the created slide is still English.
File association is not fully installed on Vista with UAC enabled
Symphony file association is not fully installed on Windows Vista with UAC (User Account Control) enabled. This is because the installation program does not have enough privilege to write the file association information to registry during the provision. After users install Symphony as Admin and log in as a standard user, the file association does not work for this user.
- From the Start menu, select Run...
- In the Run window, type cmd and then click OK
- Change the directory path to
\framework\shared\eclipse\plugins\ com.ibm.productivity.tools.standalone.addin_ \apps.ibm.productivity.tools.standalone.addin)
- From this dbr /> Notes and Symphony icons are created again. Delete them and use the original desktop icons.
"Reversing Path Direction" is not supported for animation effect
"Reversing Path Direction" is an attribute for the 'Motion Paths' animation effects in Microsoft PowerPoint. This attribute is not supported in Lotus Symphony Presentations; there will be no animation effect if this attribute is set to 'True'.
"Colors" setting in Preferences can't be applied or restored correctly
Modifications on colors settings in "File > Preferences" can't be applied by clicking the "Apply" button. As a workaround, click "Modify" to apply the modifications.
After completing modifications, clicking "Restore Defaults" will not restore the default colors setting.
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