Lucid Dream introduces Micro Social Collaborative Design Studio at GraphExpo 2012

Working together on any number of projects!

Hoffman Estates, IL, (PresseBox) - Lucid Dream Software, Inc introduces the new, US Patent Pending, Micro Social Collaborative Design Studio (MSCDS) at Graph Expo, booth 662. This new invention enables any number of creatives to work together on differing projects at the same time.

Highly creative design projects, such as Photo or Scrap Books but also packaging and label projects, can greatly benefit when worked on in small groups where group members can gain inspiration and increased productivity by sharing ideas and viewing each others work in progress in these social settings. From the days of social "Quilting" to present day scrapbooking - "Crop" events these physical gatherings occur on a worldwide basis. The Micro Social Collaborative Design Studio provides the tools and features that are missing from all existing design platforms to enable social collaborative design groups to form, inspire, produce, and disband - without regard to physical presence of the group.

The Micro Social Collaborative Design Studio - or MSCDS for short - works in a networked or cloud environment. It consists of:

1. The Project Manager, is a centralized server or cloud based system that both manages user accounts and design projects

2. The Social Networking Manager provides tools in the form of web based methods for users to be able to perform actions such as listing or searching for Micro Network Groups based on a variety of criteria such as themes, size, users and more

3. The Collaboration Manager provides the live connectivity functions to make Collaborative Design possible. The Collaboration Manager will establish and maintain an always open connection channel - or "Socket" for each active Micro Network group.

4. The Design Studio, developed using technologies such as JavaScript, the Design Studio is a web application that will create a visual user experience when run as part of an internet connected web browser for each User - Project - Component. The Design Studio performs two most basic functions, providing the tools and features similar to existing design tools which enable the user to combine art, graphics, text and more into an artistic creation; and second to enable the Social Collaboration Preview Window features enabling users to experience the social sharing of design, inspiration, criticism, and communication that is critical to maintaining the Micro Network group.

5. The Design Processors developed using technologies such as AMQP messaging, C++ and Java the Design Processors receive messages from the Collaboration Manager to perform various work units which give work results that are then transmitted back to the Collaboration manager.

There are many circumstances where MSCDS can provide additional benefits. One example is the use in an "IntraNet" environment such as might be the case with a multi-national or regional company. Each divisional sub-unit in the company might be responsible for preparing artistic content while other executive units might be responsible for overseeing that such content meets corporate guidelines. Using MSCDS productivity in content creation is much greater due to the fast feedback and sharing, while at the same time another aspect of the Collaboration Manager enables the executive unit to "View" a masonry style layout of the activity of the divisional units in a passive fashion. At any point the executive unit has the ability to become actively involved as needed by either utilization of the communication tools or to become a multi-user participant of a project.

In a typical case users will start by creating a User Account. Next they would create a new project based on some designable product - or any kind of design event could be used in place of products depending on the nature of the web use. Once a project is created the user can attach the project to a Micro Network Group by creating a new group, responding to invitation of an existing group, or requesting inclusion to a found group, using features of the Social Networking Manager.

In a similar fashion as described above, one of the problems common to ecommerce sites involving web-to-print such as online commercial printing, screen printing such as T-Shirt or Sign printers, or any site utilizing client design as part of the order process - is the conversion rate between visitors and those that place an actual order. Current tools for such sites are very limited in regards to ways for site administrators to interact with site visitors, simple chat functions being the best case.

Using MSCDS site administrators can use the Collaboration Manger ability to provide a layout view of current active visitors enabling the administrator to easily determine if a user might need help and to proactively offer assistance. This layout view is provided in what is termed a "Masonry" style along the lines of "Bricks in a Wall". Each "brick" represents any given active users current Design Preview and can also include along with the Design Preview a variety of additional links to various tool sets, such as a link to open the design in the Design Studio, the ability to open a larger preview for closer observation, the ability to remotely activate various functions in the remote users Design Studio application such as save or build final print ready PDF, and also access to communication tools such as chat.

Currently, the wide spread nature and accessibility of the internet combined with social networks and other collaborative environments have expanded the collective base of like-minded people, irrespective of distance and location. This has given a new impetus to many traditional activities, such as scrapbooking, designing, projects (such as preparing regional marketing materials, project reports and so on) by allowing people to express their creative nature through collage and design in an artistic fashion through online social and collaborative networks. These activities are greatly enhanced by a collaborative environment, where people can work on individual design projects and tap into the collective consciousness of like-minded groups to share resources and knowledge. This group activity as it relates to the scrapbooking community is generally referred to as a "Crop Event" which has a long standing history in the traditional world of scrapbooking as a gathering of mostly women for the purpose of cutting pasting and assembling intricate books while working in the company of a group.

There are many websites which offer designing as a project, where users may create and edit various artistic works ranging from technical design, creative writing, and photo based layouts. A few of these websites provide a rudimentary capability for multiple users to edit the same design. However, none of the websites provide a capability for multiple users to work on multiple individual projects in a simultaneous collective fashion. In addition none have the capability to provide any indicators of the current moment activity status of online collaborative group designing.

Currently online social networking connections are made on permanent basis around individuals instead of events. Design sharing events such as the previously described scrapbooking "Crop" event are short lived networks based on the project and subject or theme relevance rather than long term connections and such connections will typically dissolve at the conclusion of the event.

Thus, there is a need for enabling a group of users to be able to easily find "active" design "parties" they can easily join to prepare creative expressions individually, while working in a shared collective social network that automatically dissolves at the conclusion.

These heretofore unavailable features improve the conversion of visitors to orders and enhance competitive advantage.

In addition, Lucid Dream will feature ArtAffirm and its RIP solutions in Chicago.

Come and see the Micro Social Collaborative Design Studio at GraphExpo 2012, booth622!

ArtAffirm makes art work!
About ArtAffirm ArtAffirm is available for OEM license as a web framework for prepress systems, to integrate with web2print and print store front solutions and is also available pre-integrated with Lucid's own TribalSketch online print store front.

Lucid Dream Software

Lucid Dream Software, Inc. is a provider of industry-leading, vertical market software tools and solutions for the prepress and printing industries since 1996. Lucid Dream develops digital workflow solutions including TaskForce RIP, I-Trap and OnTimeProof. I-Trap is the premier workflow tool for automatic and interactive trapping, simplifying operations and increasing productivity. OnTimeProof is an internet-enabled document/proof management and delivery system. TribalSketch is a complete Web2Print commerce system.

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