Introducing Improved Anaplan DX: a browser extension for Anaplan Modelers

We at valantic are excited to share our latest development: Improved Anaplan DX, a browser extension designed to enhance your modeling experience and increase efficiency. Please see below for more details. The extension is now available in the Chrome Web Store (can be installed on Chrome and Edge):

For any feedback, suggestions, bugs, or general enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected].

Here's how the Improved Anaplan DX enhances your model building experience:

1. Keyboard Shortcuts: Say goodbye to the mouse! We've added an extensive set of keyboard shortcuts that cover almost all actions in Anaplan. From navigating modules to editing line items, you'll be amazed at how quickly you can accomplish tasks with just a few keystrokes, without continuously having to swap between mouse and keyboard.

2. Page and Report Analysis: Need to find all pages referencing a particular module? Or want to identify which line items are used as filter variables in your pages and reports? Our extension has you covered! With a keyboard shortcut, you can quickly locate and analyse critical dependencies, enabling you to make informed decisions about your models.

3. AI-powered Formula Assistance: Imagine having an AI-powered assistant right in the formula editor, just like Co-pilot for developers. With our integration of ChatGPT, you'll have access to intelligent suggestions, code snippets, and contextual guidance as you write your Anaplan formulas. This powerful feature will help you become even more efficient and accurate in your modelling.

4. Formula Editor Enhancements: We've supercharged the formula editor to make creating and editing formulas a breeze. Hovering over items or functions now provides helpful tooltips, ensuring you have all the information you need at your fingertips. Additionally, our validation and error highlighting feature help catch potential issues before you even submit your formulas, saving you valuable time and reducing frustrating wait periods.

5. Enhanced Popup Windows: We've taken the annoyance out of popup windows in Anaplan. Our solution makes them focus traversable (you can navigate the window with Tab), allowing for seamless navigation within popups. We have also added styling to these elements, so you always know which one you have currently selected. You can also reach the enter button with tab and confirm your changes in all popups now.

You can customise the extension by turning most features on or off in the extension settings.

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  • axel.frot
    edited July 10

    Interesting ctrl alt i and o.
    thanks a lot for sharing!

    5. Enhanced Popup Windows: We've taken the annoyance out of popup windows in Anaplan.


  • AxelT
    edited July 11

    Very nice!

    Love the function to identify which line items are used as filter variables in your pages and reports (ctrl+alt+o).

  • @axel.frot
    Glad you like the feature(s)! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any ideas on how this might be improved further.

  • Change notes 1.2.31:
    - Fix confirm button in source file edit view bugging out
    - Improve GPT Integration Feature (Prompt tweaks, punish longer responses)

  • Would be great to have a feature like "Improved Colors" from the A+ for Anaplan extension. It makes the modules visually easier to work with.

  • @Langerjt Thanks a lot for the feedback, happy to look into that.

  • @Vinz thank you for responding. below link is a post i made after the comment giving further detail on what improved colors does. I am really disappointed it no longer is available

  • @Langerjt I have included a preview of this in Update 1.2.33. With Ctrl + Alt + W in an open Module, it will add the grey shades to all Headings, Summaries and also Hierarchy Parents. Please let me know if my understanding of your request is correct, I will then expand this further, make it customizable and automatic etc.

    Version 1.2.33 is currently in review and should be public latest by tomorrow, perhaps earlier.

  • @vinz, thats great! i will check out once published and let you know

  • @vinz what you built already makes it easier to read a module/report. Thank you!

    if possible, it would be great to customize each "style" type. for example, for me, in the below pic, my "style" headings have no shading, but my summaries have shading + Bold font. Also, in the below the yellowish shaded cells are manual input/blank cells (ADJ - Acc Ins). Any white cells are calculations. These slight color variations make it so much easier to navigate the model.