Today in the Lotusphere Opening General Session Alistair Rennie announced the winner of the Lotus Awards category 'Best Open Source Contribution by an Individual' - File Navigator from Rene Winkelmeyer.

File Navigator is a multi platform file navigator widget running inside the Lotus Notes sidebar. Lotus Notes users can detach files easily from Notes documents, and this includes full emails that are stored as EML on disk. Vice versa, files can be attached to Notes documents via drag and drop. Various user preferences allow the customization of the drives and directories that are displayed and these preferences are manageable via policies. Technically File Navigator is an Eclipse plugin leveraging Lotus Notes extension points.

In the spirit of open source Rene Winkelmeyer took the starting point of his project from other OpenNTF contributors and extended it in many ways, e.g. network shares, user preferences, policies, different languages, EML support, etc. He's implemented many feature requests from the OpenNTF community and made File Navigator the most active OpenNTF project in 2009.

The other two finalists were xTalk Discussion Forums from Declan Lynch and Snippets from Detlev Poettgen.

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