Silicon Designer Mobilizes Online Editing

SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 12, 2015 — Silicon Publishing is now announcing the latest release of their Silicon Designer online editor at the 3D Web Fest in San Francisco. This mobile version focuses on enhancing document editing and product configuration from a web-based mobile app, while also bringing HTML5 and a robust set of features to modern browsers on PCs.

Silicon Publishing’s CEO Max Dunn described recent progress: "With mobile, far too often, editing and configuration applications are built as native apps. While such an approach can be expedient in the short term, we have focused on fulfilling our vision in HTML5: a single application runs on multiple devices directly over the web, without compilation or need to fall back on the 'walled garden' approach."

Industry-leading Online Editor

Announced in 2009, Silicon Designer now serves as the platform of choice for web-to-print and product configuration sites around the world, from B2B document editing solutions to the largest-scale consumer sites. The Designer suite includes:

  • InDesign CC Extension for configuring document templates.
  • Administrative system for managing templates and production jobs.
  • Runtime system where users create and edit template-based documents.
  • Back end composition engine for web previews and high-quality print output with Adobe InDesign Server.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Silicon Designer enjoys increasingly broad adoption as the leading tool for online editing, but with great customizability: each deployment can offer a totally unique appearance. Using the latest HTML5 technology, Silicon Publishing has completely de-coupled the look and feel of the application from the core editing/rendition functionality. For example: one client might choose a slider to change font-sizes, while another prefers a dropdown. With Designer, both are easily accommodated, and this flexibility applies across all components of the interface.

In addition, Silicon Designer is built for extensibility from the ground up: the customization layer, as well as the web services APIs, are available to clients who need to customize the product’s look and feel for specific needs. Clients without heavy technical resources are still free to deploy a designer with only a modest design/integration effort provided by Silicon Publishing, or third party resources.

Standards are the Present

Silicon Designer is built to today’s web standards. Given the standards-compliance of modern desktop and mobile browsers, Designer’s editing experience is consistent across all environments, while interface points based on RESTful web services and/or Web Sockets enable easy integration with practically any shopping cart or workflow system.

"This standards-based approach, coupled with extreme customizability, has been our dream for 15 years, from the time when we first pioneered SVG," says Dunn. "We have constantly been told how patient we are, but it would be more accurate to say that we are relentlessly impatient for long periods of time. This seems to be the norm among innovators in the technology space."

About Silicon Publishing

The world leader in web-to-print and multi-channel publishing with Adobe InDesign Server, Silicon Publishing has 15+ years of experience delivering best-of-class solutions for top brands including Nike, Google, Amazon, Hallmark, Adobe, and Disney.


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