You link it, we print it! – Putting Photos on T-Shirts using Simplomat and Spreadshirt API

“You link it, we print it!” is not our new slogan. But those of you who are with Spreadshirt for a while might remember one of the old slogans we had: “You think it, we print it!”. I did my own intepretation of that and wrote a Simplomat demo that shows what I mean.

The Simplomat is a Javascript abstraction layer and simple Javascript shirt designer for Spreadshirt API v1. It is open source and available at SourceForge. In my last blog post “Putting News Headlines on T-Shirts is Easy as Pie”, I already described how easy it is to use the Simplomat to put news headlines on shirts.

What does “You link it, we print it!” mean?

In my interpretation, “you link it” means, you give the Simplomat a Web URL that points to an arbitrary pixel image (gif, png, jpg). The image is ideally the result of your own work and reflects what you thought of (“You think it …”). The Simplomat will load that image automatically and render it on the selected product type. It also allows to rotate, zoom and move the added image.

“We print it” means that when you click on “buy now!”, the Simplomat will submit the created product with the design automatically to Spreadshirt using our API and after you got through the checkout, we will print the design on the t-shirt and send it to you. Isn’t that simple?

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Spreadshirt at Barcamp 8 London

This weekend (13.-14. November 2010), we, Kate and me, attendedĀ  barcamp 8 in London. Being the sponsor of the barcamp’s shirts, it was interesting to see how people liked their shirts as well as what they put on their shirts. As far as I could see, people really liked them and put all kinds of crazy stuff on them – from things in braille font to lots of text with special flex and other crazy things.

As barcamp 8 also calls itself the “unconference for designers, developers and geeks of all types” with lots of IT related people there, I did my presentation on “Realizing your Ideas around Customized Apparel using Spreadshirt’s API” at around 4:10 pm in the afternoon. I had about 12 people attending my presentation (of about 150-200 people being there), with some of them being really interested in the topic. In advance, I asked
people about what they would like to know about Spreadshirt or Spreadshirt API. Interests
where very different. One guy wanted to know how he can earn money using Spreadshirt. Another guy was really interested in what products and integrations people are looking for wanting to use Spreadshirt for creating, selling and promoting customized apparel, e.g. WordPress integration, Facebook integration, white label fulfillment. Other people wanted to know more about the technical details and how they can make use of the API. And one guy wanted to know about the secret sauce behind Spreadshirt – which was apparently a question about how this mass customization thing works in the background. Continue reading “Spreadshirt at Barcamp 8 London”

Grails Plugin Version 0.3 released

For an internal project which transforms shop data into a format that’s readable by Amazon Selling Central I had to quickly add some core API features to the Spreadshirt Grails Plugin that weren’t available yet. Beyond that – I have to admit – there were a couple of bugs within the latest version (o.2) which have also been fixed.

These new features and bugfixes are now available via Grails Plugin Repository as Plugin Version 0.3:

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API Key Call Limits Introduced

Since today, we are tracking the usage of specific API features based on the used API key. Features that are tracked are for example product creation, design upload and basket creation. We also use the tracked data to block specific features automatically on a daily basis. The default limit is 1000 calls per feature. However, we are able to adjust the call limits to your needs on a very fine-grained level. In case the call limit is too low for your application, tell us. We will increase the call limits after checking your application.


Spreadshirt API Moves to Beta

As announced on our official german and uk blog a couple of days ago and in an e-mail that we sent out to registered developers today: Our API is officially beta now.

What does that mean?

That basically means, that from now on, you can count on the API being available almost 24×7 and that the API will be stable regarding the currently provided functionality. We will of course further improve the API and add new features during the next month (order interface, shop management, etc.) and improve current ones, but always in a downward compatible way.

What is the API good for?

The API is basically the core of our new platform strategy. It provides data and functionality required for writing all kinds of applications around creating, selling and promoting customized apparel in a reusable and easy to use way. The API allows us to build better and more main stream applications to improve our offerings to you. And it allows you to use the same functionality to write your own applications thereby realizing opportunities that you haven’t had before.

Where can I find more information?

We have set up a few things to help you get started: documentation in the Developer Wiki, this Developer Blog and a Support Forum (with login). We have also worked on and provided a couple of sample applications, such as the Simplomat, that shows you what opportunities you have with the new API at hand.