Developers: Fuji helps you add photo product purchases to your apps
posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM EDT
For the non-programmers among us, API is an abbreviation of Application Programming Interface. Think of it as the glue between the application, and Fuji's photofinishing services. The API by itself won't allow non-programmers to order photo products from their favorite program, but its availability should make it more straightforward for developers to add that support.
Of course, pleasing their customers with the availability of in-app purchases isn't the only advantage for developers. They also get access to an additional revenue stream, sharing profits from the photo products with Fuji. The API allows a wide range of photo products to be ordered, including prints, posters, magnets, postcards, plaques, puzzles, mousepads, mugs, water bottles, and ornaments. In all, Fuji says there are over 40 different products on offer. The API also caters for providing product previews, and Fuji handles not only fulfilment, but also the shopping cart and payment services. Developers will get access to reporting tools that let them monitor their sales, information that will help in fine-tuning of apps to promote more future sales.
More details for developers can be found on the Fujifilm Developer Network website, including code samples for Android, iOS, and other platforms.
Fujifilm Announces New API That Allows Developers To Create New Revenue By Delivering Exciting Photo Products To Consumers
Valhalla, N.Y., July 11, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that it has launched a new photo product fulfillment API (Application Programming Interface) aimed at helping mobile developers monetize photos in their applications by generating incremental revenue streams for their platform and business. The new Fujifilm Smart Publishing API allows developers to enhance their photo-related applications by offering a wide range of high quality photo products produced by Fujifilm’s Printing Services Group. Products like photo prints, magnets, stickers, and coffee mugs can be easily added to mobile applications for purchase and delivery right to consumers’ homes.
To assist developers in setup and management of the API, Fujifilm is launching a web portal at http://www.fujifilmapi.com that will provide instructions on how to implement the API as well as web based tools for developers to easily configure products and pricing for their applications.
The Fujifilm Smart Publishing API has the following features:
Built-in shopping cart that handles payments directly via the API
Built-in product previews using customer images
Over 40 high quality photo products, ready to be shipped directly to consumers
Robust sales reporting tools
“As digital imaging use on mobile phones and tablets continues to rise, we are pleased to provide high quality Fujifilm products to meet the needs of this exciting market segment,” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Offering photo products is a very tangible way for application developers to build deeper relationships with their users, and additionally a great opportunity for them to create a new source of revenue.”
Developers interested in signing up for the new Fujifilm API can go to http://www.fujifilmapi.com. The portal provides instructions for accessing the API and code samples to simplify the integration process.
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