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Introduction

The Intelligent Flatplan offers a simple, affordable, browser-based flatplanning solution designed to solve problems, save time, save money and make publishers’ lives easier. To deliver these benefits, the Intelligent Flatplan is built on four solid cornerstones: planning, communication, automation and control.

Introduction
Like everything in life, perfect publishing requires perfect planning


Planning

Timely flatplanning is essential, yet the awkward process of building and editing a flatplan via DTP, spreadsheet or pencil and paper often means flatplans run late.

Using the Intelligent Flatplan’s rapid editorial and advertisement drag-and-drop design capability, plus the flatplan clone function, a year’s worth of flatplans can be prepared in minutes.

Likewise, changes take seconds: new pages/supplements can be inserted; unwanted pages removed; editorial and advertisement objects dragged to new locations; and colour-coded workflow updated.

Planning
Prepare any number of flatplans, for any number of titles, in seconds


Communication

Publishing was the original virtual business with editorial, advertising sales, design, production, reprographics and print often based in different offices, buildings, towns: even countries. This naturally introduces communications difficulties.

As a hosted solution, the Intelligent Flatplan provides all team members with a simultaneous, real-time flatplan, accesses via PC or Mac, immediately eliminating version control problems.

Other communications features include: PDF flatplan generation (print and save); PDF flatplan email capability; change notification; and flatplan content information via web, PDF and spreadsheet export.

Communication
View flatplans via: a web browser; printed PDF; emailed PDF; or spreadsheet management report


Automation

Traditional flatplanning is characterised by repetitive, time consuming, manual tasks. This diverts staff from high value-added and creative activities and introduces endless opportunities for error.

Where possible the Intelligent Flatplan automates repetitive manual tasks. For example, after inserting or deleting pages the flatplan automatically repaginates, preventing page numbering errors.

Also, when updating the workflow status of an editorial or advertisement object, the flatplan can be configured to automatically notify other team members of the change.

Automation
After inserting or deleting pages the flatplan automatically repaginates


Control

There are no international ‘standards’ for flatplanning which can lead to confusion, duplication and repeat errors. These problems are often amplified when remote, freelance and temporary staff/suppliers are involved in the publishing process.

Using fonte the Intelligent Flatplan’s unique user login and permissions feature, publishers can choose to add structure to the flatplanning process. For example: editors can be authorised to place, edit and move editorial objects; advertisement managers can be allowed to place, edit and move advertising objects; production managers can access all functions; and printers may be offered ‘view only’.

Control
Users can customise the workflow status to exactly mirror their publishing process
 
Users Total number of users: 6054 Flatplans Total number of flatplans: 34528 Pages Total number of pages: 2492599