Flat Planning Process

Discover how creative team members check their artwork from Adobe InDesign® into a shared visual flat plan

Check this out – Or more importantly, check this back in!

Pulling together and laying out all the page artwork for publications so everyone can see it can be a total drag

Not with GoPublish. It’s a beautiful example of collaborative harmony.

The sharing process blossoms from some neat integration with Adobe InDesign®, allowing creative designers and editorial maestros to submit work directly through the GoPublish InDesign plugin.

No more exporting PDFs. No more emailing them to someone to print out into a folder or manually combine them with other PDFs to create the ‘master copy’ – which is immediately out of date thanks to another designer emailing a new version with changes to their pages.

That person can take a well earned break and push on with other jobs as the two-way integration takes over.


The plugin runs as a palette within InDesign itself. It shows the full catalogue of publications and their individual issues, listing all the documents that are connected to them.

The documents are labelled with their associated page numbers or ranges on the plan, the name of the feature or story they are for and a design workflow status such as Corrections, Ready for Print – or With Client if it’s being reviewed. These are customisable by the way.

Designers can ‘check out’ the pages they want to work on, which locks those pages out from other designers and gives them sole ownership whilst they’re getting creative on them.


They can actually twist this process around by creating a new document first and then assigning it to the plan instead.

This is part of the ‘check in’ process.

Every time they are happy with a version, designers save their linked document in InDesign which triggers an upload of the artwork to the shared flat plan in GoPublish.

Then, everyone with access can come in and take a look, being able to see the most recent designs in their exact place on the plan and get a true idea on how the reader will feel.

It’s so much easier this way.

It’s more productive – removing the phone calls, emails and conversations constantly spent on rounding everything up.

And it works for all types of publishing operations, no matter on how big the issues are or the design team is.