Introducing Template Tagging

Some PrintUI clients have asked for a way to categorize their templates once they are uploaded to the PrintUI servers, so we are today introducing a new feature called template tagging. PrintUI developers can use several new APIs to manage tags as well as apply tags to specific templates. Because tags are completely arbitrary, and you can tag a template with as many tags as you want, this can be a very powerful feature.

For example, lets say that you have a web site where some of your templates are associated with one customer, and other templates are associated with other customers. You could use a tag per customer to easily specify which templates belong to each customer. As a further example, lets say that your customers are IBM, AT&T, and Coca Cola. You might organize your templates like this:

Template Tags
IBM letterhead IBM
ATT letterhead ATT
Coca Cola letterhead Coca Cola
IBM business card IBM
ATT business card ATT
Coca Cola business card Coca Cola
IBM brochure IBM
Generic coaster IBM, ATT, Coca Cola

When your web site calls the list templates API, it can specify that only templates with the IBM tag be returned, in which case it would return the templates: IBM letterhead, IBM business card, IBM brochure, and Generic coaster. (Note that the Generic coaster template is tagged with all three tags.)

Use your imagination, though, because tags can be used for all sorts of things. You could use tags to put your templates into categories such as letterhead, stationary, business cards, or signs. Or you might want to use them just for your own internal purposes and not call the APIs at all. In that case, you’d just log into and click on the new Tags link in the navigation bar to review and change the tags.

If you are interested in using the new tagging feature, contact PrintUI so that we can enable it for your account. (It is turned off by default to avoid any confusion for those who don’t need or want to use tagging.)