We have an SDK available that lets you (or a developer) create plugins and other wonderful things. If you know what an SDK is and why you want to use it, head over to devhub.author-it.com and get your hands on it.
But not all of us know what an SDK is or why we should care. In a nutshell, it’s a way for your developers to make your applications work automatically with our application.
For example, if your sales team uses Salesforce, you can use our products to create custom sales proposals and Powerpoint presentations and have those connected automatically to the customer info in SalesForce.
I asked one of our sales team fellows, Matt Armstrong, to help me come up with a story that makes sense for those not super technical in the programming area.
This is his story. He’s sticking to it.
Why everyone should be excited about the Author-it SDK… A colourful metaphor
Imagine you have a model car made out of those truly awesome Lego Technics blocks – it’s fun to use and does many cool things, but the individual blocks have been stuck together so tightly you can’t pull them apart. And even if you could, there’s no instruction manual to show you which piece does what and how to put it all back together again. There are lots of other people in your street who also have Lego cars.
Then one day the Lego head office posts every single Lego owner in the world instructions for not only how to pull the car apart and put it back together, but also what each piece does, which other pieces it works with, and how you can make new bits for your model car.
In the parcel, Lego has also included a handful of other Lego models, completely free, that you can use and pull apart and join onto your model car or make into completely new Lego models. The instructions also tell you how to Lego can connect with fun toys from other manufacturers.
At first, everyone looks at the instructions and the new pieces and puts them on the shelf. After all, the model car is already pretty cool.
And then one day your next door neighbour’s older brother is playing with a Lego boat he build from the pieces Lego sent him. Even better, he can tow the boat with his original model car because all the model cars have tow bars, but you’d never noticed that before.
The next day your cousin shows you how he can remote control his Lego car from a cell phone and uses it to walk the dog. He’s pretty pleased because he still gets pocket money for walking the dog.
A week later your sister shows you the Lego aeroplane she made using the engine out of the original model car. It’s really cool and everyone in the street thinks so, too. Your sister writes down how she made the plane and the next day everyone in the street has a Lego aeroplane.
Best of all, every couple of months Lego send everyone in the world a new engine.
So, that’s what an SDK can do
I urge you to point your developers (or you, if you’re good at that) to our website and have them get the download. They can do amazing things with it and make all your lives easier. You may be spending hours every week doing something that your programmers can automate in 30 minutes.
You can also create and release plugins for others to use. So it’s worth checking back occasionally to see what other people have contributed, or contribute yourself!
What things would you like to use a plugin for? What doesn’t Author-it do that you’d like it to do?