I disagree that IBM Lotus SmartSuite was intended to be a corporate only office suite. I have been using Lotus 123 since 1984 and Wordpro it since Lotus purchased Samna and acquired the Ami wordprocessor. It is a powerful but very easy to use package. Much superior to Microsoft Office.
As a member of Lotus's and IBM's Beta test team for the first and second iteration of Lotus Smart Suite, I beg to differ with your disagreement. It goes diametrically opposite what we were told many years ago by both Lotus and then IBM staff.
RE: AmiPro and then Lotus Smart Suite.... I was fortunate to have been a long time AmiPro user and a confidant to Samna, the Atlanta GA firm that designed and produced AmiPro.
Yes indeed, AmiPro was one of the most wonderful and useful graphical word and page processors of its time, and even as a 16bit only Windows application, it was overall far in front of any of it's then, and some newer, competitors.
AmiPro was for almost all, a true joy to behold and productively use. In fact, even AmiPro's competitors then and now respect and admire what it did.
Many users link AmiPro and then Lotus Smart Suite and IBM's iteration of same, and Wordpro, as being related or based on AmiPro codes or design.
In reality, no, nearly nothing of Lotus or IBM's offerings were based on AmiPro, although that was back then the fervent users hope and prayer -- that major companies would take AmiPro from 16bit and further enhance it as the
renowned power-house for both new and experienced users, beginning with the 32bit incarnation.
Unfortunately, and sadly, the page layout methodology, underlying code and ridiculous complexity of Lotus and then IBM SmartSuite were based on Lotus and IBM's own internal design teams that were ordered to build a nearly corporate-only product. What Many Will Refuse, yet It's Proven True:
Both Lotus and then IBM deliberately bought out AmiPro -- more precisely Samna, the company that developed it -- to get it off the market, one major reason it was allowed to die. This is also the reason AmiPro never made it to 32bit code status or improvements.More Importantly... HOWEVER, that said, your further SmartSuite vs. SM Office 2010 comments are VERY interesting, and are being absorbed here.... very to-the-point.
I firmly believe that one can be sure your comments will be read over by SoftMaker staff as well.
While features we "loved" about AmiPro may or may not be able to make it into any or all current products such as SM 2010, your comments are clearly thought provoking.
I humbly would support your "here are two things" comments.
In particular, it might be best if the same table cell formula in SM PlanMaker can be duplicated in SM TextMaker-- including Currency and Formula settings/options -- as that would allow the products to track the same in that area, improving the users experience.
Let us see what develops.