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26 February 2001 (A0102) ~ Actinic plc, the ecommerce software specialist,
has announced the release of Actinic PortalBuilder 3.0. This portal
development and management tool provides a scalable platform to run an
entire community of ecommerce stores from one site. New features in
3.0 include using post code searches to let a portal visitor identify
e-shops have a physical store nearby, the ability to create a personalised
portal and being able to use a standard domain name rather than a
derivative of the portal URL. PortalBuilder 3.0 is available to Actinic
partners now at £20,000 + VAT. See

"We have looked carefully at other software but PortalBuilder is by far
best value for money and gave us everything we needed to implement our
project without having to do the programming from scratch," says Paul
Driver, managing director of (the portal of British
Computer Fairs). "And for the user, a very important feature is that
PortalBuilder allows for product searching across a range of stores not
just within one shop."

Details of new features:

Sort stores by proximity to the customer - PortalBuilder can search on
standard UK and US post codes to show visitors all the stores in their
geographical areas in case they wish to try before they buy or if they
prefer to collect/return items in person.

Accessing stores via a standard domain name - Actinic stores that are
hosted and integrated with PortalBuilder can still be accessed via a
standard domain name, e.g. If a store owner wishes
to move their store to a PortalBuilder portal and benefit from the new
business generated there, they don't have to sacrifice the brand
recognition that they may have generated via their existing domain name.
They can simply point their existing domain name to the new shop location.

Portal personalisation - This feature potentially allows customers to
configure their own personal shopping mall as PortalBuilder can store
values entered by a visitor, such as name, location and favourite shops.
Then this information can be recalled next time the customer visits the

About Actinic PortalBuilder:

Actinic PortalBuilder is a powerful development tool that provides a
scalable platform to run an entire community of ecommerce stores from a
single site. The software offers portal owners all the tools they need to
build, host, and manage a comprehensive online shopping centre, including
easy-to-use templates, remote management capabilities, banner advertising
and more.

With Actinic PortalBuilder, anyone interested in developing and managing
online mall or community can install, configure, and set up a complete
ecommerce shopping centre in a matter of days. Users choose from a
comprehensive set of HTML-based templates and design options to create
customised design and content. An easy-to-use administration wizard
step-by-step support for building the portal framework, and integrating
ecommerce sites into the portal. PortalBuilder runs on a variety of server
platforms including Linux, Solaris and Windows NT. PortalBuilder comes
fully integrated with Actinic Catalog version 4 and Actinic Business. Key
features comprise:

Simple Management: Once built, control over portal content is provided
through a range of easy-to-use wizards.

Reduced Time to Market: PortalBuilder can provide core functionality for a
large variety of portal models. This will reduce time and money spent
're-inventing the wheel' in custom development.

Long Term Scalability: PortalBuilder provides a flexible programming
foundation onto which your own custom content can be built. If you wish to
change your portal's direction in the future, you will not have to start
from scratch.

Business-based: Actinic PortalBuilder manages your online revenue
generation, providing a platform for managing advertising sales and a
variety of ways of collecting revenue from ecommerce.

About Actinic plc:

Founded in 1996 and now listed on the London Stock Exchange, Actinic
develops e-commerce software for small and medium size enterprises. The
majority of sales are via Actinic's network of partners (web hosts, web
designers and Internet Service Providers). The software is used on
thousands of live sites in 33 countries. Some of Actinic's better known UK
users include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, Sony
Europe, Ericsson, J & J Crombie, Michel Roux's Waterside Inn, Essex and
Worcestershire County Cricket Clubs, Fulham FC, easyJet gifts, Letts
Diaries, Royal National Institute for Deaf People, Anything Left-handed,
West Sussex County Council and Hasbro. Actinic has sales bases in
(Surrey), New Jersey and Paris with a technical centre in Birmingham.


Lisa Walden, Actinic.

Tel 01932 871000,

For review copies:

Jane Lee, Dexterity (PR for Actinic).

Tel 01273 470199,

Hi-res box shot of PortalBuilder from

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