API and Integration
Going API first is the most robust way to build a scalable product but it wasn’t where Niice started. In the early days the app was very tightly coupled with the interface on the same server as the backend along with multiple others. This effected performance, scalability, and our ability to move faster and develop quicker. We had to stage our API builds according to capacity and budget to keep the business moving forward while we were gradually moving over to a solely API-based product.
“Our software doesn't exist in a vacuum, it's critical that we understand our place in someone's workflow and play nice with all the other tools they're using.”
Officially an Adobe partner, Niice has linked up with Creative Cloud to move content between Adobe and Niice. There aren’t many applications that allow you to send an image from an iPhone straight into Photoshop and back again in the seamless manner Niice has achieved. It seemed like a small idea at the time but these integrations have become a vital part in integrating Niice into the creative workflow.
Integrating with Slack allowed Niice to seamlessly slip into existing workflows of creative teams. On-boarding a team internally to a new tool is incredibly challenging, the Slack integration was a small helping hand we were able to provide at very little development cost.
As Niice transitioned from a tool for individuals to an enterprise platform for teams the Dropbox integration allowed two-way sync to get lots of content in and out of Niice quickly. This is vital for non-design team members who want to contribute fast - just put it in Dropbox, Niice does the rest.
We can’t take much credit for most of the brilliance of Niice but we especially can’t take credit for the iOS app however, our API development is the foundation that it’s built upon.
Fun fact #1
We used to share an office with Niice… or rather… we used to share Niice’s office with Niice. Eventually, we got too big and had to move out before Chris politely kicked us out. We probably overstayed our welcome.