Send print and post for as little as 50p
As ever, Docmail's secure API (Application Programming Interface) allows you to send A4 letters, Postcards, Greeting Cards and Business Cards (corporate only) from a click of a button within your own computer systems.
Docmail creates a Hybrid of electronic and physical mail by transmitting an electronic document and mailing list to us, where we print and mail it as real post!
The Docmail API allows you to add a Hybrid Mail service right into your own systems and workflows.
The API is a SOAP-based webservice allowing the creation, proofing and confirmation of orders for mailings, single letters, postcards and greeting cards. Documents (PDF, RTF or Word files) are submitted as files or selected by name from your account. Address lists may be selected by name, submitted as a file (CSV, XLS, XLSX, Tab delimited, fixed length fields etc.) or added as individual addresses using the AddAddress call.
A PDF proof approval is available, but is no longer a required step in the process.
Payment is made via Top-Up credit on the customer Account, or for large volume users, payment on invoice may be available (subject to status, volume and regularity of orders).
Examples in the API documentation are based around Microsoft Visual Basic .NET code and the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 development environment. ▲Top...
Here you'll find sample codes and projects to get you started with Docmail's physical mail API.
Microsoft Visual Basic .Net
- Quick Start Code Sample
- Quick Start Project (vs2008) Sample
Docmail Zip Library: DLL
(DLL to allow efficient order mailing creation from a zip file. Wraps the zip creation process into similar method calls to those seen in the webservice, and includes enumerated type lists and helper functions.) ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib is used to handle the zipping of the files.
- Docmail Zip Library: Source Code
- Docmail Zip Library: Simple Code Examples
- Docmail: Send a Postcard in Seconds (code sample)
- Docmail: Send a Postcard in Seconds (VS2008 sample project)
- Single letter example code (using NUSOAP)
- Perl SOAP webservice example code (using SOAP::Lite with the Docmail webservice "GetBalance" call)
Docmail provides a separate testing environment for use with the API. It provides the same API, and web functionality as the live system, with a website mirroring the live version. We do not produce any print or mail output from the test environment and any credit has no cash value. Credit in the test system can be topped up from the Account Admin section of the test website without charge.
The test environment uses separate databases, so your live login details don't apply. Likewise, your test login credentials are not available for use in the live environment.
- Docmail test system access: https://www.cfhdocmail.com/test/
- Docmail test system signup: https://www.cfhdocmail.com/test/signup.aspx
- Docmail test API wsdl: https://www.cfhdocmail.com/TestAPI2/DMWS.asmx?wsdl
- Docmail test API definition: https://www.cfhdocmail.com/TestAPI2/DMWS.asmx
Feel free to browse & access the test website and test with the API, remembering that to send any live mailings, you'll need to switch your credentials to your live account and the webservice URL over to the live address, shown below. ▲Top...
Webservice definitions for the API are available at these URL’s: