Can Silicon Publishing offer an apples-to-apples, server-driven URL rendering of our Scene7 Web -to-Print files?
Yes. The Silicon Publishing web-to-print solution (“Silicon Designer for Web to Print”) can render partial templates (individual renderings of page items for display in a web editor), full template preview images, new FXG files, or press-ready PDFs.
Does Silicon Publishing host these files on their cloud service?
We offer On-premise solutions. We intend to start doing SaaS in Q2 of 2019. We expect pricing to be available Q1 of 2019. Until then, we are building solutions that can be self-hosted.
How do I add new Web-to-Print files to Silicon Designer for Web to Print?
By default, the process is roughly the same as the upload process used with Scene7 Web-to-Print, using an online management portal. But SPI can customize the process to best suit your current needs.
How do I build templates with Silicon Designer for Web to Print?
Using Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator. Ideally, the Scene7 item markup is done in the application using the object name in the Layers panel. Other markup approaches are available. Note: if you have previously done markup in InDesign using the Script Label panel, SPI provides a script for converting that markup to item name markup. This script can be run as part of the conversion process (see below). There are benefits to using InDesign as a starting point, but this is not a requirement.
How do I edit existing Scene7 Web-to-Print templates?
It depends on what you mean by “edit”. If you mean “change the template”, you can make changes to the InDesign or Illustrator file, and then save the file as FXG using the SPI FXG export script. If you mean “change the data in the FXG”, then you’ll be able to edit the template data using the SPI admin, just as you currently do with the Scene7 admin. If you mean “change the template as a user”, then it’s up to your web editor’s user interface.
How do I convert my Scene7 web-to-print files to Silicon Designer files?
SPI provides an automated process that converts existing FXG and template files to InDesign files for use by an InDesign Server instance. See below.
Who does this file conversion from Scene 7 to Silicon Designer files?
SPI provides conversion scripts and documentation so that you can convert the files yourself. Template files can be converted one-by-one as the need arises, or as a batch process capable of converting thousands of files at a time.
What is the “deliverable” from the Silicon Publishing solution?
Silicon Publishing provides a “drop-in” replacement for Scene7 Web to Print.
What support does Silicon Publishing offer?
SPI supports the software in terms of any bugs, installation issues, and quality concerns 100%, within the cost of the license. Hours spent extending the software, troubleshooting issues on an urgent/priority basis, and after-hours support are available under extended support agreements.
What is an example URL that I’d recognize with my experience with Scene7 Web-to-print?
SPI supports the Scene7 FXG DOM manipulation functions that are typically used as parameters in a rendering URL. You should be able to use the same parameter strings that you currently use. The server address and template specification will likely change, but the parameters sent by your web editor can remain the same.
Is the Silicon Designer for Web to Print solution scalable?
Yes, it is very scalable. Silicon Publishing has 12 years’ experience scaling InDesign Server, for literally the largest Web-to-Print sites on the planet. Our algorithms distribute renderings efficiently (based on load), and can automatically provision new IDS servers at peak loads, if that is a requirement.
What does the future hold for the technology offering Scene7 Web to Print migration?
Our priority is getting all clients who wish to migrate to our platform from Scene7 Web to Print up and running. We will not embark on serious development of additional features until we are certain that we have met all commitments related to migration.
We have a very ambitious roadmap once we are past this transition, including integration of WYSIWYG on-canvas editing (from our base Silicon Designer product, which we intend to fully integrate), SVG (as an additional option beyond FXG with an automated migration path), long document features, and more.