Adobe InDesign is the tool of choice for creating high-quality print-ready documents. These days, nearly every magazine or high-end printed piece was created with InDesign.
In the cold winter of 2008, we were approached by a technical lead at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ("RCCL"), regarding the topic of cruise booklet production. Sajan Chacko had seen our Silicon Paginator product (based on Adobe InDesign Server), and he inquired by email:
"Based on an XML stream, can it do the following:
1. Get data from external file-paths specified in XML
2. Reference external sources such as HTML, RTF, or Word?"
This is the sort of inquiry that brightens our days here at Silicon Publishing. We have lived and breathed this sort of technical work for decades, and whatever the year, we're using the very best technology to make it even more efficient. 2008 was no exception. I could tell immediately that Sajan would be happy with InDesign Server as a solution, because we had already mastered the art of just this sort of workflow.
Silicon Designer was announced as a product in the fall of 2009, via a press release called, "Web to Print missing Link Revealed in Chicago." This was distributed quite effectively around the world (No subsequent press release saw such results. what was the magic?) One of the many resulting inquiries came from Peter Gunning of Printing.com: "I'm interested in seeing how we would create templates on Silicon Designer."
More than 10 years later, their implementation of Silicon Designer is still going strong. Silicon Designer can edit virtually any document online, but both the product and our company come from the print space, where a common class of documents is business collateral. Of all the online editing systems built on the Silicon Designer platform, Printing.com (now known as Grafenia, with their Nettl brand growing globally as well) exemplifies a very fundamental use case in the world of web-to-print: online editing of business collateral such as business cards, flyers, and postcards.
Here is the entire video of our Webinar, "The Insider's Guide to InDesign Server."
The new Silicon Designer is scheduled for release in January of 2020. We are very happy with the state of the product and its direction. Silicon Publishing people are fresh from the Adobe MAX conference, where David Blatner showed Designer in one of his InDesign presentations, so we had a webinar to show the things we thought were cool at MAX and the state of our product, which has seen steady advances over the past two years.
Following is an overview of the webinar along with links to related information.