25 September 2011

Portable IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Fixpack3


Update 26 May 2012:
- now if somehow symphony stopped working (not started), deleting 'IBM' folder will reset settings
- revert to use soffice.bin since some featured hardcoded to this, thus do not run openoffice with symphony
- in 64-bit windows symphony didn't quit cleanly, fixed
- workaround for path with spaces 

Update 12 May 2012:

Apparently IBM has discontinued Lotus Symphony, what a shame :( (last version is 3.0.1)  so I decided to update this:
Portable Lotus Symphony 3.0.1 fixpack 1 All languages 194 MB or
Launcher only (to run pre-installed symphony 3.0.1 unmodified in portable mode) 678KB

Notes:
- Although this was less than half smaller of original installer (570MB), it is really full version :)
- All jars and zips were unpacked so you may experience slightly better responsiveness
- Startup (as older version) also has been tweaked, it should be significantly faster than the original, especially after first run

- Although IBM has offered Symphony to Apache OpenOffice as open source, do note that this download remain illegal except the launcher download



A continuation of my guide here, I made small launcher (basically a 7-zip SFX) to make Lotus Symphony a little more portable. This is based on version 3 with fixpack 3, the SFX installer will extract to PortableSymphony3 folder from there run launcher.exe (symphony.exe.bak - the original launcher- has been renamed as I don't use it).

Unlike the original Symphony this one will kill soffice.bin (file has been renamed to prevent conflict) after exit to make it usable in removable drive. One caveat: don't run multiple instance of it... but that shouldn't be an issue as it was a multitabbed office anyway.

If you wish you could manually extract it with 7-zip



Portable Lotus Symphony 3 125 MB
md5: 8c85538e10d804136e4d394f6b8a93cb

15 comments:

  1. nice, permit for downloading (party)(happy)

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  2. For some reason, it doesn't work from USB (Launcher.exe - Cannot create folder '.'. Access is denied.) :(

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  3. Did you place it in the the root of your flashdrive? You need to keep Launcher.exe inside a folder (PortableSymphony3 for example), sorry for the hassle, I guess that's two caveat then :(

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  4. Launcher is in: root/PRG/Symphony/

    There are many portable freewares inside PRG folder and they are all working fine. For some odd reason, Symphony gives error message - run as admin or normal, always the same.

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  5. I'm not sure what happened, but I can't reproduce the error message unless I put it in root.

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  6. Anyway, the launcher basically run soffice.bat and then symphony.bat. If both files don't exist they will be recreated and launched.

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  7. This is odd. I'v just downloaded it again, and this time double clicked on a file (not extract with IZArc like I did before). Run Launcher from extracted folder - It works. Transferred whole dir to USB, killed all processes in task manager, run Launcher again - It works! :) Hope this helps for troubleshooting! One more thing: Symphony works noticeable FASTER then a portable OpenOffice3 from USB.

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  8. @udeystar
    Cah semarang tho? Salam brot! Aku yo wong semarang

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  9. Thanks a lot for this great job ! May I ask you if you can do the same work with the french files of Lotus Symphony ? I cannot find a portable french version of LOTUS on the web.
    Thanks again.

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  10. Ok, it's perfect, I follow your tutorial and I built my own Lotus portable in french. Thanks !

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  11. I detected what I think it is a problem; once a .doc or .xls or .ppt documents are connected with symphony, when I dounle click in documents like these symphony gives an error saying it can not open a folder '.'

    pjn

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  12. Do you mean file association?
    Symphony has weird file association method need filepath to be converted into binary decimal form. So it's not supported...

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  13. Self extracting EXE do not work. I get the same error message as mentioned in another post. But unpacking from WinRAR does the job.

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  14. Hmm doesn't like spaces in folder names either. So I removed them from residing folders.
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    Now it works.
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    Still have an issue with sidebar on the right (e.g "Properties"): Items are overlapping. Anyway I was never fond of sidebars and related garbage(:read Microcrap Ribbons), and since I can use the window with all options, I can do without them.

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