Lotus offers Portal Builder for Notes R5

Following a trend toward personalisation, Lotus has presented its Portal Builder for Notes Release 5 (R5), a set of templates and Best Practices Guide that helps Notes R5 users add a custom touch to their Notes environment.

Portal Builder lets users create a personalised "digital dashboard" on their Notes R5 welcome page through a drag-and-drop process, adding access to their e-mail, calendars, and company intranets as well as Domino-based collaborative applications and various Web sites the user can monitor during their workday.

"Customers want to do this in order to create tailored portal applications without requiring basically any programming skills," said Karen Kazanjian, a spokeswoman for Lotus.

Kazanjian noted that the addition of portal templates, which let users avoid the need for additional portal design or programming insight, is key to Portal Builder's simplicity and ease of use.

"It really benefits, I think, corporate and application developers and IT departments that can make customised portal applications for their businesses," she added. The Notes R5 Portal Builder and Best Practices Guide is currently available as a free download at www.lotus.-com/portalbuilder, but customers must be using Lotus Notes 5.03 or higher to take advantage of its personalisation features.

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