Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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We changed our editor app (again!)

work - 22 Jan 2019

Editor UI update At the end of 2018 we put a completely new website online with a lot of new possibilities. From your existing floor plans you can now render stunning interior stills, interactive VR panoramas and beautiful photo-realistic interior visuals. Last week we rolled out another big update, this time of our editor app.

Back in the early days of Floorplanner we built the very first version of our editor app on top of a browser plugin called the Flash Player. At that time it simply wasn’t possible to build an app for the web using Javascript only. In 2010 Steve Jobs single handedly killed the future of Flash (then owned by Adobe) by not allowing the Flash Player on the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Which meant we had to re-build our editor app from the ground up, using another technology: Javascript (aka HTML5).

As Javascript - and the supporting frameworks - weren’t very mature at that time, it was quite a struggle to build anything decent. But we kept trying and in late 2010 we demoed a first version at the Googleplex in Mountain View as part of their new HTML5 Rocks initiative. Since then we’ve came a long way to where we are now. We’ve tried a lot of different things, made many mistakes, ended up at plenty of dead ends but finally found a way through the maze.

We care a lot about our products and we want to make an editor app that is simple and intuitive to use, but on the other hand very powerful. We are very happy with the state of the Floorplanner platform now, after recently rolling out our new website and the latest editor update, but we think there are a lot more wonderful new things to create. So keep an eye our for our future updates!