Author Archives: Max Dunn

MediaBeacon Publishing

Four DAMs from the InDesign Out

Silicon Publishing has built InDesign Server Solutions the past 15 years for the largest organizations in the world: from Web to Print applications for the likes of Amazon, Hallmark and Shutterfly to Database Publishing applications for companies including Disney, Nike, and Royal Caribbean. In this context we have seen well over 30 “Digital Asset Management” (DAM) systems from third parties providers such as MediaBeacon, Widen and Adobe, as well as a number of home-built concoctions, some of which have actually been quite powerful.

We are not DAM-centric: we focus on InDesign Server automation and in most cases we integrate this with whatever asset management the client has running. Only quite rarely do we encounter clients at the point they are contemplating a new DAM. So we have made pretty much every popular DAM out there work, at least to the point of serving assets to our publishing applications.

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https://medium.com/@maxdunn/webgl-comes-of-age-73cbff91b161

WebGL Comes of Age

WebGL

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Silicon Designer: Online Editing Without Limits

Silicon Designer: Online Editing Without Limits

In this post I am going to explain how Silicon Designer is built to support the most demanding online editing solutions in the world. We are at a point in the evolution of this product that I am truly proud of, and I am deeply grateful to our incredibly talented developers and other participants in its success. Go here for some history of how it came about: in this post we will talk about what it is and how it works.

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https://medium.com/@maxdunn/farewell-to-the-empress-of-adobe-64c8b5725e60

Farewell to the Empress of Adobe

Whitney McCleary

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https://medium.com/@maxdunn/instant-celtic-art-fc56890a6716

Instant Celtic Art

Instant Celtic Art

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famo.us

The famo.us controversy

famo.us is a 2.5-year-old Silicon Valley startup that claims to have solved the performance challenges of HTML5.

HTML5 Performance

“Performance challenges?” you might ask, but only if you hadn’t yet heard the tales of Facebook and LinkedIn turning an about face from HTML5 in favor of native applications. As I blogged about a year ago, HTML5 has had mixed results in the wild, driving many to adopt native or hybrid native/html5 strategies. As I discussed in describing the event where I first encountered famo.us, the classic example of poor HTML5 performance is the scrollview. Quoting Trunal Bhanse of LinkedIn:

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https://medium.com/@maxdunn/its-famo-us-now-html5-doesnt-work-d24447fffd5

It’s famo.us now: HTML5 doesn’t work

Link to a Medium post by Silicon Publishing co-founder Max Dunn describing a 2013 presentation by famo.us, the San Francisco startup rendering dynamic 3D interactivity on mobile browsers at gaming performance levels, in spite of rumored HTML5 failings.

famous

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Silicon Connector for Box

Using Adobe InDesign with Box: The Trend to Cloud-based Design Workflows

At the time Adobe InDesign was created, 15 years ago, it was generally impractical to store print-quality assets on web servers. A decade and a half later, however, the maturity of cloud-based file storage and asset management systems is making links from InDesign to assets housed in modern platforms, such as Box, a powerful solution for creative professionals.

Asset storage as of Adobe InDesign 1.0

Adobe InDesign is the tool of choice for the creation of high-quality print documents. It is nearly ubiquitous among those creating newspapers, magazines, books, catalogs, marketing collateral, or almost anything that prints. InDesign started out as a competitor to QuarkXPress, and given the dominance of Adobe in tangential technology (PostScript, PDF, PhotoShop, Illustrator) along with substantial and well-focused investment in the product, it was inevitable that InDesign would take the place of Quark at the center of high-end publishing workflows.

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https://medium.com/tech-talk/a708cda55921

The Greatest Software Product of All Time: A Developer’s Appreciation of Adobe InDesign

Anything you can dream, you can do.

Adobe InDesign

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https://medium.com/@maxdunn/when-the-minimum-viable-product-is-not-enough-308d8f009b13

When the Minimum Viable Product is Not Enough

MVP

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