Free Lotus portal builder for R5

Lotus Development has launched its Portal Builder for Notes Release 5 (R5), which allows nontechnical end users to customise the Notes Welcome Page.

The portal builder template, which is available free via a Web download, lets users create tailored and personalised portal applications using a set of templates and Best Practices Guide.

"Portal Builder allows IT and application developers to create a customised portal application that gives complete control over the interface they want to deliver to end users," Michele Pennell, senior marketing manager at Lotus Development, said.

"Once the application is deployed, end users can personalise a specific section of the portal to include information they choose," she said.

Pennell described the portal as a "digital dashboard" as it offers a multitude of ways to bring information from various sources into one place.

The portal builder can be used for organisational, departmental or personal use, and programming skills are not required, she said.

R5 provides out-of-the-box central access to personal information such as e-mail as well as Web sites, corporate intranets and Domino-based collaborative applications.

The Notes R5 Portal Builder and Best Practices Guide is available to customers with Lotus Notes 5.03 or higher as a free download at

Lotus Notes R5 is available for Windows 32-bit platforms (Windows 95/98/2000 and Windows NT 4.0) and Macintosh PowerPC-based systems (Mac OS 7.6.1+) for a suggested volume price of $116 per user.

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