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The Intelligent Flatplan is evolving.

Since it’s launch in 2006, the Intelligent Flatplan has relied on Flash for its interactive user interface. With the recent announcement that Flash support will cease around 2020, research and development of a replacement HTML interface began in 2017.

Following successful prototype trials in Q1 2018, development of the production code began on 1 June 2018.

To keep existing and potential customers informed of our progress, this webpage will provide a live, running commentary of the 12-month development process including: descriptions of each phase; milestone dates; new features; video demonstrations of completed work; and an opportunity to offer suggestions.

This development represent’s the largest single reinvestment in the Intelligent Flatplan since its launch, offering new features and productivity enhancing benefits, while also future-proofing the technology for the next decade. Multi lingual support will benefit international publishing teams and users in non-English speaking regions.

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If you are an existing user of the Intelligent Flatplan and would like to suggest new features for consideration during the development process, please email your ideas to

wdt_ID Index Phase Description Features Start Finish Status Rollout Demo
1 001 Phase 1 Planning Screen Synchronise HTML and Flash with common database
Migrate planning screen to HTML
Apply real-time, animated, multi-user refresh
Introduce new default editorial/advert Objects
Turn Snap-to-Edge off
01/06/2018 30/06/2018 Complete Q1 2019 Watch
2 002 Phase 2 Multi-language Framework Add translation framework
Modify site structure to accept translations
01/07/2018 31/07/2018 Complete Q1 2019 Watch
3 003 Phase 3 Object Panel and Holding Zone Migrate Object Panel to HTML
Migrate Holding Zone to HTML
Add new Advertorial Object type
01/09/2018 30/09/2018 Complete Q1 2019
5 Phase 4 Object Dialogue Panel Migrate Object Dialogue Panel to HTML
Add new 'right click' Function Menu
01/01/2019 31/01/2019 In Progress Q1 2019
6 006 Phase 5 Menu Bar, Status Bar, Activity Log, Workflow, Notes Migrate Menu Bar, Status Bar, Activity Log, Workflow and Notes to HTML 01/02/2019 28/02/2019 Pending Q1 2019
7 007 Phase 6 Page actions Migrate Page Insert, Move and Delete to HTML Add Loose Supplement Add Loose Insert 01/01/2019 31/01/2019 Complete Q1 2019
8 007 Phase 7 Thumbnails, Columns and Sections Migrate Thumbnails, Columns and Sections to HTML 01/12/2018 31/12/2018 Pending Q1 2019
9 008 Phase 8 Print and Email Dialogue Panels Migrate Print and Email Dialogue Panels to HTML 01/01/2019 31/01/2019 Pending Q1 2019
10 Stay tuned for updates on Phases 9 to 11
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