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Lotus 1-2-3 Release 9.8 Review

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PROS / Lotus 1-2-3 is very intuitive and easy to use.

CONS / The help section was hard to use and the option to convert to PDF format was not easy to find.

 VERDICT / Lotus 1-2-3 is a very good program and because it is so easy to use you really should give Lotus 1-2-3 a try.

Lotus 1-2-3 is an exciting product and is very different than its competitors, but definitely one of the best spreadsheet software programs and the  winner of our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.

Lotus 1-2-3 is part of IBM Lotus SmartSuite, with Lotus 1-2-3 being the spreadsheet program that "started it all". The Lotus 1-2-3 interface is refreshing since it’s different than all of the other interfaces.  IBM Lotus SmartSuite is composed of: Lotus 1-2-3; Word Pro, the word processor; Lotus Organizer, a personal information manager; Freelance Graphics; and Approach, a relational database. IBM Lotus 1-2-3 and IBM Lotus Organizer are stand-alone products.


If you aren't already an IBM Lotus fan, you will be after purchasing Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus SmartSuite. The capabilities will blow you away and you'll like the way the product will let you maneuver through crafting complex algorithms, producing nice-looking spreadsheets with templates, and dragging and dropping worksheets, columns, rows and more.

Give Lotus 1-2-3 a chance and you'll become a Lotus aficionado.