Attention all iOS Developers:
The Walgreens Developer Program team has just released version 1.1 of our QuickPrints for iOS SDK.
After the final version of iOS6 was released to developers on Wednesday September 12, we encountered an issue in our testing relating to how the final version of iOS6 leveraged the new armV7S framework.
We have worked quickly to resolve that issue and are happy to report an updated version of our SDK is now available for iOS developers.
We don’t believe a SDK update will be required for all partner applications (depends on how/if you leveraged the armV frameworks, but wanted to let all of developers know either way.
Version 1.1 of the iOS SDK (and updated set of sample application source code) can now be downloaded on our iOS SDK documentation page.
Link - /api/quickprints/apimethod/quickprints-sdk-ios
Walgreens is proud to introduce Whot! Shot as a new partner for the QuickPrints Developer Program.
Whot! Shot allows you to capture, post, and print your iPhone/iPod Touch photos and discover mobile games in between picture takes. All you have to do is choose your pictures from your picture roll or take them on the spot. It's instant and incredibly easy. You can post picture images to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. You can also send your pictures via email as an attachment or print them to a local Walgreens store.
According to Ime Etim, Co-Founder & COO of nKanika Inc., "Walgreens is my absolute favorite drugstore chain. If I'm not going there to pick up photos, I'm there to rent Redbox movies, buy groceries, pick up medications for my elderly parents, or check out the latest tabloid gossip on the newsstand. The word "whot" is old english for "hot". I enjoy taking photos, posting photos, blogging and discovering new mobile games. Whot! Shot came about as a way for me to bridge my passions."
Download the Whot! Shot app today via the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Walgreens is proud to introduce Kicksend as one of our launch partners for the QuickPrints SDK.
Kicksend lets everyday people share and print big batches of photos with people they love. Kicksend's apps on iPhone, Android, desktop and web empower people to stay in touch with the people they care about through unique user experiences. Learn more at kicksend.com.
According to Pradeep Elankumaran, Kicksend Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, "Holding freshly printed photos of people and moments we care about is always a wonderful feeling. With Kicksend's QuickPrints integration, anyone can easily share, print and cherish memories from their iPhone for years to come."
- On September 5, 2012, Kicksend became the first partner to integrate QuickPrints within an Android application. You can download their Android app today in the Google Play marketplace.
- Kicksend has also integrated QuickPrints into their Windows 8 PC/Tablet and Web applications.
30 developers attend Walgreens event to integrate QuickPrints technology into prototype photo applications in under 5 hours
Hack day highlights company’s continued efforts to foster mobile innovation through relationships with third-party developer community
DEERFIELD, IL – Aug. 13, 2012 – This past Saturday, Walgreens hosted its first Mobile Photo Hack Day at its downtown Chicago office. The event gave developers the opportunity to meet, collaborate and showcase their creative implementations of the QuickPrints SDK in their applications.
The successful, single-day hackathon attracted a total of 30 developers making up 14 photo hack application demonstrations. Developer demos were judged based upon the unique features and functionality of the application and the completed integration of the QuickPrints SDK, which was determined by the photo print output created at the on-site photo lab.
The applications were reviewed by a panel of judges that included: Scott Regan (head of marketing, Apigee), Ari Fuchs (lead API engineer & developer evangelist, Aviary), Brett Goldstein (commissioner, Chicago Department of Innovation & Technology), Kevin McGinnis (VP of product platforms, Sprint), Terry Howerton (founder, TechNexus) and Jasbir Patel (senior director and general merchandise manager for photo, Walgreens).
“I would like to thank all the talented programmers who found very creative ways to use QuickPrints SDK in third party apps,” said Abhi Dhar, Walgreens chief technical officer for e-commerce. “Although ‘appathons’ are more common in places like Silicon Valley, it was our goal to bring the concept to Chicago and take advantage of the city’s burgeoning tech industry and its growing pool of talented programmers.”
The winner of both the Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards was Smilesback, developed by the husband-wife team of Mr. Bhabani Sahu and Mrs. Prachi Sahoo. Smilesback (watch their app demo video) reminds people about important dates such as anniversaries, birthdays and others occasions that are perfect for personalized, last-minute photo gifts.
“We wanted to build something that helps people and can make a difference in their daily lives,” Bhabani Sahu said. “QuickPrints is about convenience and speed and that really fits with our goals for the Smilesback app.”
The Smilesback team won a total of $5,000 in cash prizes along with a 6-month mentoring and residency program through event partner TechNexus, a Chicago-based technology incubator and collaboration center.
In July, Walgreens extended its innovation in mobile technology with its developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit (SDK), which allows iOS and Android mobile users to print photos directly from their smartphone to most Walgreens stores nationwide in about an hour. The launch of the QuickPrints SDK marked the first time that Walgreens has provided an open interface for third-party application developers to integrate Walgreens in-store services.
The Walgreens QuickPrints SDK, already implemented within seven partner applications, allows third party developers to integrate a print service within their existing mobile application and earn a revenue share from photo orders printed and picked up at a local Walgreens location. More information about the QuickPrints SDK program and its partners can be found on the Walgreens Developer Portal and through a dedicated Twitter handle @WalgreensAPI.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 7,919 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
Walgreens is proud to introduce Filterastic+ as a new partner for the QuickPrints Developer Program.
Filterastic+ is a fun, easy to use photo filter iOS app. Capture photos from within the app, or load them directly from your photo library and then use the 16 available filters to transform them in to works of art. Access your photos metadata and find the location where they wer taken. Share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, e-mail and now print them to Walgreens with QuickPrints.
According to Andreas Zimnas, Creator of Filterastic+, "When I first read about QuickPrints, I thought that's a service I would love to have on my iPhone. Take a photo, upload it and have it printed out, all done from my iPhone. I'm pretty sure the users of Filterastic+ will love it too."
Download the Filterastic+ app today via the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad.
Walgreens is proud to introduce Photo Collage Creator as a new partner for the QuickPrints Developer Program.
With Photo Collage Creator you can quickly and easily create spectacular photo collages from the photos stored in your photo album using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Once you've created your masterpiece you can share it with your friends on your favorite social networks, print it to your local Walgreens, send it in an Email, or store it in Dropbox for later. The possibilities are endless
According to Alex Keim, Creator of Photo Collage Creator & Pic Stitch, "I've been waiting for a print solution like QuickPrints to come along for quite some time. This is a big win for all the developers out there creating photo editing apps."
Download the free Photo Collage Creator app today via the Apple App Store.
Winners! Congrats to Makesake and Swish who shared the prize for best iOS integration with QuickPrints and Ultimate Traces for the best Android integration. Each application is now eligible for a 3% revenue share bonus (for 6 months) if they submit a production build to the app store by August 15. This brings rev share from 15% to 18%.
Bay Area developers and designers:
Join Walgreens, Facebook, Dropbox, Aviary, and more at the 3rd Photo Hack Day!
When: July 14th-15th, 2012
Where: Dropbox HQ - 185 Berry St, San Francisco, CA 94107
How: Register at photohackday3.eventbrite.com
Learn More: photohackday.org
[About the event:]
The original Photo Hack Day was the first image-centric hackathon in New York City, bringing together the brightest minds in photography, photo-editing, web design, computer science, and more. In 24 hours, over 200 developers put together an impressive 43 hacks with APIs contributed from 25 companies.
After garnering a wonderfully enthusiastic response from the community, Photo Hack Day II was organized, which brought over 250 developers, 30 APIs, the founders of reddit, Tumblr, and Cheezburger Inc., and $10,000 in prizes to General Assembly — plus a livestream of our sister Photo Hack Day taking place simultaneously in Berlin.
Now Photo Hack Day is making it’s way to the West Coast, with an open call to Bay Area developers and designers!
[Walgreens & Photo Hack Day 3]
Walgreens will be featuring its QuickPrints SDK for iOS and Android at Photo Hack Day 3 for developer attendees to utilize within their application hacks.
Walgreens will feature multiple representatives on-hand at the event to discuss the QuickPrints SDK and Partner Program. If you want to reach us at the event, feel free to send a tweet to @WalgreensAPI or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walgreens is excited to be a part of this event and look forward to seeing you there! The event is free to attend, and you can register at photohackday3.eventbrite.com.
Walgreens Introduces Developer Portal Allowing Third-Party Software Developers
to Integrate its Web Services into Mobile Apps
New program allows for printing photos at stores directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices
Company invites mobile photo application developers to its first ever
Mobile Photo Hack Day event Aug. 11 at its downtown Chicago e-commerce office
DEERFIELD, Ill., July 10, 2012 - Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) extended its
innovation in mobile technology today with the introduction of a developer portal that allows
third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit
(SDK), enabling photo printing directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices.
“Our new QuickPrints SDK enables third-party software developers to tap Walgreens Web services,
building a broad selection of apps that deliver our convenient store capabilities to more customers,”
said Abhi Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technical officer.
The launch of the QuickPrints SDK marks the first time that Walgreens has provided an open
interface for third-party application developers to integrate Walgreens in-store services. With this
program, Walgreens convenient Web services for QuickPrints can now be built into a wide range of
mobile apps that deliver these services to a large market of mobile users.
users to print photos directly from their phone to any of the 7,907 Walgreens stores nationwide in
about an hour. Starting today, Walgreens has released the QuickPrints SDK for iPhone and Android
devices, allowing third party developers to integrate the service within their existing mobile
application and share revenue from photo orders sent to be printed at Walgreens.
"With almost 30 percent of photos today taken on smartphones and the popularity of photo
applications growing, the opportunity for consumers to benefit from the convenience of printing
their memories to Walgreens through a variety of photo apps is tremendous,” said Jasbir Patel,
senior director of Walgreens Photo.
StillShot, with more partners expected to join the program in the coming weeks. Walgreens is also
partnering with Aviary, a digital photo-editing platform currently used by more than 1,200 app
developers and 8 million consumers, to leverage its growing group of photo application partners.
Detailed information for the QuickPrints SDK program, as well as other future offerings, can be
found on the Walgreens Developer Portal at developer.walgreens.com.
To encourage mobile developers to include new features using the QuickPrints SDK within their
application, Walgreens will host its first Mobile Photo Hack Day event on Saturday, Aug. 11, at its
downtown Chicago e-commerce office at 36 S. Wabash Ave. The event will provide developers the
opportunity to meet, collaborate and showcase their creative implementations of the QuickPrints
SDK in their applications.
Developer demos will be reviewed by a panel of top industry professionals with a total of $5,000 in
cash prizes available to the top developer integrations. For more information or to register for the
event, interested developers can go to developer.walgreens.com/page/hackday.
Walgreens is working with Apigee, a technology company providing the underlying platform for
Walgreens Developer Portal and application programming interface (API).
"Today's social media giants have demonstrated the power of APIs for creating a massive choice of
apps around a business, and now APIs are becoming imperative for any business to thrive in the
digital economy," said Chet Kapoor, Apigee CEO. "Walgreens is proving to be a leading technology
innovator, aggressively embracing the mobile market to enhance the pharmacy experience for
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens
(www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each
day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to
consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and
advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail,
specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services
improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care
organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company
operates 7,907 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care
Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of
worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700
locations throughout the country.
Walgreens is proud to introduce GroupShot as one of our launch partners for the QuickPrints SDK.
According to Yair Bair-On, CEO of Macadamia Apps, "GroupShot allows any parent to take the perfect family photo. When taking family photos it always happens that one of the children is not smiling or not looking at the camera. With GroupShot you can choose the best picture for every person and create a perfect shot - the shot that was never taken.” He added, “Macadamia Apps is very excited with the direction the company is taking in the photo app market and is in the process of launching the Android version of GroupShot with selected mobile carriers around the world.”
Walgreens is proud to introduce StillShot as one of our launch partners for the QuickPrints SDK.
According to Yair Bair-On, CEO of Macadamia Apps, "StillShot allows any iPhone user to create a high resolution image from any video file. This is very useful with video that were taken by mistake (very common in iPhone) or when object are in the move such as small children or even sports events where it is hard to 'catch the moment' and get the best picture. With StillShot you can load a video and simply choose the best frame. The Android version of StillShot will soon be launched together with selected mobile carriers around the world.”