SmartSuite Millenium Edition 9.7
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SmartSuite Millennium Edition 9.7 is an office suite comprised of Lotus Word Pro, Lotus 1-2-3, Lotus Freelance Graphics, Lotus Approach, Lotus SmartCenter, Lotus Organizer, and Lotus FastSite. SmartSuite 9.7 includes numerous improvements in many SmartSuite applications. With SmartSuite 9.7 users can convert files from earlier versions of SmartSuite and other business applications, including Microsoft Office. SmartSuite 9.7 file filters exchange documents seamlessly to and from Word Pro and Microsoft Word, Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel, and Freelance Graphics and PowerPoint. SmartSuite 9.7 can create or open files from WordPerfect and many other popular desktop applications as well.
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I tried to have my money returned but the vender said that I must return to Amazon for a refund. Although I have sent an email to amazon, I still have not heard from them
Shortcomings aside, however, now I love the programs, especially Approach. Building an Approach database is 100% easier than MS Access. In a week, I built a complex database. I loved the intuitive tab format for navigating between forms (I hate having to define subforms and macros to link data in Access). Further, OLE linking is much easier in SmartSuite than Office.
As for data analysis, the tools you really need for basic number crunching are available: basic distribution analysis, multiple regressions, etc. As to the grammar, I simply print and proofread more carefully!
In short, SmartSuite is a pleasure to use. It offers full functionality at a fraction of the price of Office Professional. Now I know why my company uses it: It makes sound financial sense without sacrificing functionality. You do, however, sacrifice MicroSoft's questionable business practices.
Not too great a sacrifice, needless to say.
In WordPro, for example, you click one button on the tool bar, a little menu appears with sections for type size, color, font, paragragh formatting and more. You can create as many styles as you want and apply them throughout the whole document and/or to sections as you go along. If you don't want the menu open, close it. When you click on that one, single button to reopen the menu again, all your styles are still there. Easy!!! In Word, this kind of thing is a nightmare.
Microsoft Office definitely has it's good points, it is just that they are not enough to make up for the simplistic power of the very stable SmartSuite package!
At my workplace I am obligated to use software of another maker, but at home I can use whatever I please, so I have selected a product that I enjoy using, SmartSuite.
For over five years, I have been using Lotus SmartSuite, and I can say that this is a fine product and getting better. I have used all of the SmartSuite components and can't say anything bad about any of them. Unlike one other office suite, the default configurations are perfectly usable right out of the box. The user interface is also highly consistent among different applications, and more intuitive than another well-known word processor. The pop-up formatting boxes are easy to learn and very convenient.
Lotus Freelance has become one of my favorites recently. It is particularly useful for its ability to create simple web site slide shows. Lotus has a Freelance viewer downloadable for free on its website so users may exchange Freelance presentations with associates who don't have SmartSuite installed.
Late last year, I prepared a lengthy consulting report with numerous tables and footnotes. Using WordPro it was a snap to assemble the final document from the separate files in which I had written the various chapters. WordPro properly indexed cross-references and placed all endnotes where they belonged and in proper format.
One more thing: SmartSuite is highly stable, and it doesn't crash my system.
For the money, SmartSuite is also the smart buy.
Lotus 1-2-3 is, hands-down, the fastest spreadsheet program to use. Gone are the ridiculous required mouse movements that infest other programs. A simple /-command and I've reformatted, moved, copied, pasted entire columns, rows or sheets. I can keep my hands on the keys and finish my work, rather than figure out why some editing commands are under "edit" and others are under "font" and others are under "format" - ugh!
WordPro is far superior to other "Word" processors for many of the same reasons. I prepare an exhaustive audit and budget report each year with embedded charts and tables. I once mistakenly tried to migrate it to Word, but simply could not tolerate Word's eccentricities. Why did that graphic link to the page and not the paragraph? Why does inserting a line make this graphic move UP and the other graphics move DOWN? Where are the formatting commands - aAArgh! WordPro gives me none of that headache.
Given the choice, I would choose SmartSuite over any office suite out there. It helps me get more work done - period.