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Want to view code on a Lotus Symphony program on Windows 98

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  1. sean106965

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    Hello, I have a Windows 98 computer with a lotus symphony software on it that I would like to know how to access the code and edit it as needed? I noticed the program is locked from edits with a password that know one would know. Is there anyway to bypass that? I should add the software was written by the former owner of the company I work for and is now deceased and no ones knows the password.

    I know very little about programming and nothing about the lotus program or windows 98. The program is currently used to perform a series of calculations. I want to be able to view what calculations are being done behind the scenes and adjust as necessary for updating purposes.

    Thanks in advance for any help or information!
     
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    Sorry, but I'm afraid we can't help you with this one. From the Rules page:

     
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    Hello, I have a Windows 98 computer with a lotus symphony software on it that I would like to know how to access the code and edit it as needed?
    I know very little about programming and nothing about the lotus program or windows 98. The program is currently used to perform a series of calculations. I want to be able to view what calculations are being done behind the scenes and adjust as necessary for updating purposes.

    Thanks in advance for any help or information!
     
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    I'm guessing these are macros which are written for the spreadsheet element of the suite, correct? If so, what instructions are performed by the code, i.e. what does it actually do on the spreadsheet?
     
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    Correct, it is in spreadsheet "mode". Ive attempted going to the word processor, graph, and communications and none of those had any data in them. You input a series of variables for tank design and it computes stresses and deflections based on the parameters given, i.e. tank length, width, and depth, specific gravity of fluid, material thickness. I want to see what formulas are being used to perform the calculations and transfer those to a different program that i would put together on Windows 10, most likely in Excel.
     
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    This information appears to be for the later revived Lotus Symphony, the interface does not resemble that of which I have. Can it still be applied?
     
  8. SpywareDr

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    Afraid I don't know. Which version of Lotus Symphony?
     
  9. sean106965

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    From what I can tell, it is Symphony 3. I have included two pictures of the properties window and the interface when opened.
     

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    Wow, that's pretty old. It apparently allowed using something called the "Symphony Command Language (or SCL)". It also had several "add-in applications" that could be "attached" and activated, extending Symphony's capabilities, including a powerful macro manager.

    As old and complicated as it sounds, it may be tough trying to find someone still well-versed in it all AND willing to help.


    FWIW - more info on Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Symphony_(MS-DOS)
     
  11. sean106965

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    Thanks for the additional info, seems I will have to find a different route.
     
  12. lochlomonder

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    It's been a long time since I've been near this suite, so bear with me. If you hover the mouse over the cells which contain the formulae, does it not show you the calculation itself; are they hidden?
     
  13. SpywareDr

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    Your welcome. Best of luck with your endeavor.
     
  14. sean106965

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    No it doesnt show anything when hovering. attached are two pictures of the format and main screen when i open the program.
     

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    My apologies, but I've done a lot of reading on this subject and I can't find a way to circumvent this without delving into topics which are not appropriate for the forum.

    Perhaps someone else can chime in and offer a more enlightened response.
     
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