Australian vendor Intranet Dashboard (news, site) has made much about being a real and viable alternative to SharePoint, but this week’s release of ID 4 adds new functionality that covers all the bases by offering a free SharePoint connector enabling users access their SharePoint content from ID.

The new connector is the first application to be developed using the new iD API, which enables users to customize the out-of-the-box iD applications, and is also included in the new version for free.

It is these two elements that make up the principal enhancements to iD, which only released v3.0 in August this year and which in turn focused on upgrading its suite of over 40 business applications. Highlights in that version included a new content management system, a better enterprise search engine and flexible role-based security model.

SharePoint and API

But that was August and this is October, and the two upgrades will put fire under the hood of iD, especially given that price-wise it should be well within the reach of most SMBs.

That is not to say that this is for SMBs only, as the ADWEB Agency, which develops iD says, they can cater for enterprises in excess of 2000 users.

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Intranet Dashboard enterprise search

So what do you get with iD 4? First of all the two main enhancements:

SharePoint Connector

This is exactly what it says it is, enabling enterprises to connect with SharePoint. As a free add-on app, it gives users access to SharePoint content, including Task Lists and Document Libraries, which can be seamlessly accessed within the iD intranet.

Enabling sophisticated interaction between both platforms, users benefit from the easy-to-use iD functions and can combine them with SharePoint’s collaborative abilities.


The connector was built with the second new feature, the extended API. The extended API enables users to build their own custom iD applications and components according to enterprise needs. Anything created using the iD API can use iD’s existing infrastructure, including style sheets and security settings and will fit seamlessly into the overall structure.

And while any new apps created will all have the appearance of native iD apps, the API namespace also provides users with access to information that is stored within iD. This includes details about the current intranet users, the current subsites, as well as many of the entities that are stored within the Intranet DASHBOARD hierarchy.

As well as facilitating the integration of new iD apps and CMS components, it also enables users to surface content from other 3rd party apps including CRM or HR systems.


iD Intranet Dashboard administration

iD Intranet Dashboard

These then are on top of the other features that have been added to iD over different versions, which include:

Content Management

  • Web Content Management: Intuitive enough for the less technical folks to create web pages and websites, drag and drop creation and editing of pages in WYSIWYG mode, a standard publishing system and the ability for end-users to submit content like FAQs, news, calendar events, room bookings and more.
  • Document Management: Version control, track changes, check-in/check-out, create and manage document categories, search and more.

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iD drag-and-drop functions in CMS

Forty Different Tools

Take a look at the forty some tools they offer in this suite, including:

  • Document Manager
  • Forms Manager
  • Calendar
  • Digital Assets Library
  • Layout Manager
  • Ad Manager
  • RSS News Feeds
  • Newsletters
  • Forums
  • Localization
  • Polls

Built on the Microsoft Platform

The Intranet Dashboard is built on the Microsoft .NET 3.5 framework and uses a SQL Server database.

They also claim to integrate with other applications and systems, having a number of content integration adapters for technologies like COM, ODBC, FTP, SNMP, HTTP and XML.

Multilingual and Localized

The solution supports all UTF-8 compliant languages and front-end localization is done through XML language documents. And this is what is available with iD4. Going back to the pricing, licensing for the solution is based on number of administrators/content publishers.

Prices cited on the website are between $4 per user per month for companies with less than 100 employees, down to $1 per user per month for companies between 1001 and 2000 users.

This is an Australian company so that probably means Australian dollars, which is close enough to US dollar (US$ 0.99). If you want to try it out, there’s a 30 day free trial you can download here.