Ottawa's CanvasPop Launches Photo Printing API So Devs and Brands Can Monetize Visual Content

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

Ottawa's CanvasPop, a provider of canvas prints, this week announced the launch of its photo printing API.

CanvasPop says its new photo printing API allows app developers, website owners and brands to monetize their visual content by allowing their customers to turn images into beautiful canvas photo prints.

According to the Canadian company, the API will launch in partnership with 500px, A Toronto-based startup that last month raised $8.8 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Harrison Metal, as well as East Coast Pixels.

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“We’re seeing huge demand for mobile photo content to be developed,” says CanvasPop cofounder Adrian Salamunovic. “There are tens of thousands of apps and other than the initial sale, app developers have very few ways to monetize them. The API will offer them an opportunity to generate ongoing revenue.”

CanvasPop says that only 5% of photo apps currently have printing options included as one of their features, but it recognized early on that there was a demand for printing digital content.

“We have focused for years on creating a remarkable customer experience while building systems that could scale. We are now excited to offer application owners the opportunity to seamlessly extend the CanvasPop experience to their users,” says CanvasPop cofounder Nazim Ahmed.

This is not the first time that CanvasPop has worked with 500px. Both companies are part of the high growth photo printing sector, which has been increasing by over 20% per year and is projected to be a $1.9 billion industry in 2012.

500px Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their... more

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

At CanvasPop, we’re passionate about providing gallery-quality canvas printing and delivering a great customer experience every time. And that passion shows in our work. From consumers to digital artists, from photographers to interior designers, people everywhere choose CanvasPop because they know they can count on stunning photos on canvas giclee prints, lovingly crafted to your... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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