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KYNO´s Signiant development

 Hi there,


I am really wondering what the purchase of KYNO by Signiant means, and telling truth, I am worried.

First the positive things from what i see:


- KYNO will (somehow) continue to exist. As the KYNO team is small and wasn't really active in feedback here or in support tickets and delying the roll out of update 1.9 without given any informations, things might be worse.

- There might be a devlopment of online tools hor remote collaborative work, as that seams to be a key part of Signiants business.


- Also therte might be a development of API and plugins. (Would love that news)

- more developers, stronger software. (Hmmm, I guess, lol)


On the negative:

- Never heared of Siginaint before. Who are they, how big? They run something like wetransfer or filemail. Well, that's not outstanding. At least, I think it's better than an aquisition from adobe but less as from affinity or blackmagic. (my opinion)


- what happens to the KYNO team? Will they contnue the development of the software? Will they stay inside the company? Will they split? It's such a small team, I guess it's vital for the software, that they all continue.


- as Signiant is some kind of cloudish company - will they push KYNO user to any kind of submitted service? We have a finetuned workflow with frame.io, filemail and p5 archiware, where I am trying to integrate KYNO, but I really don't want any further online storrage service-limitation


I really would appreciate further informations on the ongoing, and also would love to hear the opinion from other users.


'”Our talent and technology will be used to extend the functionality of Signiant’s market-leading Software Defined Content Exchange (SDCX) SaaS platform, adding powerful tools for interaction with media assets. With nearly one million users worldwide, the platform connects more than 50,000 Media & Entertainment companies of all sizes. [...] . Signiant is executing a true platform strategy by targeting software companies with complementary functionality that can be transformed into cloud-native SaaS. ”' https://www.provideocoalition.com/signiant-acquires-kyno-developer-lesspain-software/

well well well, they are quite clear - KYNO will be integrated in a cloud system, where users have to pay for subscrition. Yes, they also say, that the standalone software will be continued and updated. And how much is the fish for this SaaS? "Let’s have a quick conversation to discuss your requirements so we can provide the best option for your business." https://www.signiant.com/products/jet/pricing-packaging/

Oh dear...

This Interview gives some more insides:

https://larryjordan.com/articles/an-interview-with-margaret-craig-ce0-on-signiant-acquiring-lesspain-software/

Larry: What happens to Kyno, Lesspain’s stand-alone software?
Margaret: The focus of this acquisition is expanding Signiant’s SaaS platform. However, the Kyno application will remain available to the market.

Larry: If Kyno is going away, what should existing users do?
Margaret: The focus of this acquisition is expanding Signiant’s SaaS platform. However, the Kyno application will remain available to the market.

[...] Signiant is executing a true platform strategy by targeting software companies with complementary functionality that can be transformed into cloud-native SaaS. We’re operating the industry’s preeminent SaaS platform at scale, and we have built SaaS-centric operational infrastructure across every functional area of the company. Through adjacent acquisitions, these investments can now be leveraged to deliver the media-centric capabilities that our customers are clamoring for ⎯ all on a unified software platform"

Signiant itself doesn't really inform on their webpage about their pricing.
Some ideas are given here: https://www.signiant.com/products/flight/pricing-packaging/
"Flight subscriptions start at $35K per year for 200,000 GBs of data transfer. We offer several volume-based pricing tiers, with per-GB cost declining as the annual committed payload increases. [...] if you’re on the $35K plan and exceed 200,000 GBs, Signiant will invoice you monthly for overages at a price of $0.15/GB."

If one look for the competitors on the market, I think ICONIK.IO is the one, what Signiant wants to archive. It's also a SAAS, with this concept of local highres storrage and cloud proxy and control. With tagging, and player and so on. Cheapest pricing there is 100 US / month.

If sgniant / KYNO would be something similar in future, but with a offline stand-alone tool, and a pricing in that range, it would be a good deal.

But I really hope, that the software KYNO will stay alive and will be further developed. All this cloud based tools are fantastic, but filmmakers are in the wild. We need tools on the go.

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