Lotus releases a standalone version of Approach

Lotus releases a standalone version of Approach

Database manager application is final piece of Smartsuite Millennium Edition 9.5 to be spun off

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

Divvying up a final chunk of its SmartSuite Millennium Edition 9.5 suite, Lotus Development Corp. is releasing the Approach database manager as a standalone application.

Approach 9.5 normalizes multivalue Notes fields into a table without altering them in Notes, so they can be replaced periodically.

Lotus last year did the same thing with SmartSuite components FastSite, SmartCenter and Organizer.

The standalone Approach 9.5 will be available only as a $63 download from www.lotus.com/lotusstore or from government resellers' Web sites.

Senior development manager Dick Robinson said Lotus' parent company, IBM Corp., sees Approach as an easy front end to DB2 Universal Database and other high-end relational database management systems.

Robinson said DBMS users tend to specialize and generally don't want as wide a range of office applications as do general users.

Robinson said the standalone Approach 9.5 has a speedier query algorithm, a dialog editor and a utility called Notes Normalizer, which can import multivalue, comma-delimited fields from Notes R5 or 4.6 and assign them columns and labels for analysis.

The standalone Approach 9.5 also can export to a Web or intranet site without any Hypertext Markup Language coding.

The downloadable Approach requires Microsoft Windows 9x or NT and at least 24M of disk space. Lotus' site also offers a free, 30-day CD-ROM with the full SmartSuite Millennium Edition plus NetObjects Fusion.

Contact Lotus at 703-284-9666.

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