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New version goes live!!
Dec 19, 2008

After months of Beta testing, the new version of Floorplanner is finally here! In the past months we have done a lot of listening, designing, tweaking, discussing, testing and coding to make it happen. Now that it is finally live, we'd like to introduce you to the new version of Floorplanner and cover some of the common questions.

What's new?

The most visible changes are of course the new interface and the improved 3D. But we have also made some big changes to the PRO and Business subscriptions, added a new Enterprise version (for retailers) made lots of 2D improvements, completely rewritten the backend for better worldwide speed and reliability, integrated a translation system that can be maintained by local users, moved to the "cloud" for storage and content distribution, improved and extended our API's, built a better integration of Flash and HTML content and done many more things. Some of you followed the progress through Twitter or our Tech-blog

Interface

The look and feel of the site and interface was due to a serious make-over. Richard and Rob redesigned most pages and combined with Tummie's" illustrations gave the site a fresh new look. Usability has been improved on various fronts. For instance, logged in users can now access their plans on the dashboard page by clicking on the preview. The sidebar in your work-area can now be minimized for maximum working space. New interface

Enhanced 3D

The 3D view is now available for all users of Floorplanner including the Free accounts and has been significantly improved. You can now see 3D objects and we have also added shadows! The general speed and quality of the 3D is much better (especially for bigger plans) as Tim has completely rewritten the existing Floorplanner 3D engine. This development went hand-in-hand with his work in the Papervision3D Open Source initiative. Gido, Nico and Raj have been working on getting 2D and 3D objects for homes, offices and gardens in Floorplanner and more are added every week.

Floorplanner 3D

2D improvements

Creating and editing in 2D is very much the same as the old version. The construction toolbar still has a minimal number of buttons and the way rooms are drawn and objects are placed will instantly be familiar for existing Floorplanner users. However,if you look carefully you will find a lot of enhancements that have been made by Gert-Jan, Rinde and Nico. Among these are free-form surface drawing, mirror designs, grouping and locking of elements, full undo/redo, interface improvements, right-click and shortcuts, enhanced printing and image export and many other "little" improvements based on your feedback and the constant flow of amazing floor plans you have been creating with Floorplanner.2D improvements

Backend /scalability

The HTML part of Floorplanner has completely been rewritten by Jaap and Willem (our Ruby on Rails wizards) which was no small task. The content is now distributed and stored in the cloud using Amazon Webservices like S3 and StormCloud. This resulted in significant speed improvements (especially in Asia and South America where lots of you live) and better scalability and reliability. The development of the site has led to various Open Source contributions that can be found on Github and/or through our tech-blog.

Subscriptions

With the rebuilding of the back-end, many improvements have been made to make both the personal as the professional accounts. Free users now also have 3D capabilities and PLUS users have more plans and better sharing and co-editing options. For PRO and Business accounts it's now much easier to create nice looking custom templates. You can also completely brand the admin environment of Floorplanner to match your own company style. Changes in the pricing structure now makes it more attractive to publish interactive plans and archive non-published plans for reference or future use. Also searching and managing large volumes of plans is now faster.

Localization

Making Floorplanner available in more languages/localizations has got a big boost by the translation engine that has been built into the new system by Jaap. This allows users to contribute to the translation of Floorplanner in various languages. At this moment 8 languages are already available while users are working on 10 more languages as we speak.

More languages

How do I get this new version?

The new version is now available for all Floorplanner users. When you log in to your account you will be asked to migrate your account to the new version. If you have existing plans your migration will be queued and you will receive a message by email when your account + plans are available. This should take not more then 30 minutes. If, for some reason, you want to access the old version of Floorplanner you can through this link. This version will be available in the coming months but no updates will be done to it.

Running into problems?

Although we have done our best to make sure everything is working correctly there still might be some issues we have overlooked. We will be monitoring the new version and the migration process very closely in the coming period so please let us know if you run into any problems with the new version through our contact form or post your question in the forums

Some final words

We're excited to release the new Floorplanner as we think you'll like the new features and improved 3D capabilities. A big thanks to all users who have provided us with thousands of valuable comments and suggestions during the Beta. Also a special thanks the growing group of translators who are helping us making floorplanner available in many more languages.
With this new version we have a good base to build on and already have many new features planned for 2009.
bistro613
bistro613 2008-12-17 11:51

Help! My design disappeared!
I was working on it this morning, and everything was fine. When I returned to lunch and logged back in, the name of the project still shows, but it is empty!

HELP!

alleycat
alleycat 2008-12-17 20:55

The same thing just happened to my design…everything is gone! The name of my project doesn’t even show anymore!

Floorplanner staff
Floorplanner staff 2008-12-17 21:18

We are looking into this, somehow your plans didn’t migrate properly. Your plans are still available in the old version (www2.floorplanner.com) so no work is lost. We will provide you with a way to migrate the plans to the new version

Floorplanner staff
Floorplanner staff 2008-12-21 08:37

Your plans should be migrated to the new version. If a plan is not converted properly you can still access the old version through http://www2.floorplanner.com/account/login

Floorplanner staff
Floorplanner staff 2008-12-22 06:51

Oops, mistyped the URL here is the correct one http://www2.floorplanner.com/account/login

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-25 12:53

i cant open the project, i can see the project but i cant open it.

Gert-Jan van der Wel
Gert-Jan van der Wel 2008-12-26 06:21

You can click on the edit-icon (pencil) to open your plan. Hope this helps!

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-29 11:42

I am a FREE Floorplanner but when I try to make a floor plan i’m instructed i’m not allowed why ??????

AC - HALC³¹
AC - HALC³¹ 2008-12-29 12:16

somebody jobed with this program?

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-01-06 04:22

how can I get back my work in the old version?

Floorplanner staff
Floorplanner staff 2009-01-10 09:52

you can access the old version through: http://www2.floorplanner.com/account/login

Keycode Media
Keycode Media 2009-01-17 20:09

I’m noticing 3D seems to be broken….I click 3D, and the advertisement pops up, the percentage meeter at the top counts to 100%, but a 3D image never appears. This was working until this week…then it stopped!

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-01-22 07:15

can you no longer remove gridlines and cam no longer turn the info on or of !

Gert-Jan van der Wel
Gert-Jan van der Wel 2009-01-26 02:56

@User18124031 Click on the 2D button in the right top corner. A menu with display settings will appear.

JTQ
JTQ 2009-01-26 11:30

Love the new interface and the options. Would like it if I could leave out the “log in” option on the published design as well as the “placed objects” column, but would like to leave in the “comments” column.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-03-16 01:15

Is there a downloadable version of the floorplanner….its so good n easy to work with…but u cant b on net all the time>>>>

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-08-22 03:14

I tried new version of floorplanner,its very good to use with its enhanced features.I am not a regular user of internet but i want to use floorplanner regularly.Do you have a download version of floorplannerso that we can use it without having internet connection.

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Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-03-29 02:46

would it be possible to just upload pictures of floor plans and edit them here?

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Anonymous 2011-05-22 22:29

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