Silicon Render Service for Adobe InDesign Server
by Max Dunn

Paginator & DesignerSilicon Publishing has been delivering solutions using Adobe InDesign Server, since the product’s inception in 2005. We build solutions that let organizations generate dynamic documents at scale, or edit Adobe InDesign documents online through an easy-to-use, web-based interface. In the course of our work, we’ve learned a great deal about InDesign Server, and over the years we’ve developed software that can make working with it easy, scalable, and well-managed. We are now offering this core software in standalone form, as Silicon Render Service for Adobe InDesign Server.

Challenges with Adobe InDesign Server

When you work with InDesign Server, you will soon learn that It’s just InDesign desktop, made available in a server-based context. Out of the box, it doesn’t have a modern RESTful API, nor does it manage the load balancing and job queuing of multiple instances. Beyond the automation work needed to program document output, the administration and management of IDS is itself a significant development effort.

Enter Silicon Render Service

In the hundreds of IDS solutions we have built over the past 18 years, a powerful administrative tool gradually evolved—one that solves these challenges.

Silicon Render Service provides:

  • A RESTful service layer, enabling you to call rendition jobs
  • Load balancing and job queuing, across one or more servers
  • An administrative tool for storing templates, assets, and scripts
  • Alternate rendition modules, for both 2D and 3D graphics that can augment IDS workflows

For those seeking to deploy an InDesign Server solution using their own scripts, Silicon Render Service can provide instant deployment capability to your servers/cloud or in our hosted environment. To those wanting complete solutions, our Silicon Designer and Silicon Paginator products are now both built on top of this same service, and provide comprehensive APIs for online editing and database-publishing solutions. For more info, contact sales@siliconpublishing.com.

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