Box on Wednesday introduced Box Developer Edition, a suite of software tools for building apps on the company’s file sharing, collaboration, and cloud content management platform.
The new toolkit “provides developers with their own complete Box instance, allowing them to tap the full power of Box in their apps and reimagine workflows for any industry,” Box said at its annual BoxDev developer conference.
Box Developer Edition provides a new user and authentication model for creating apps on the Box platform, the company said.
“The opportunity to build transformative enterprise applications is greater than ever, because today’s digital enterprises are using technology as a competitive advantage to create more productive workforces and more powerful customer experiences,” said Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie. “These new platform technologies will make it easier than ever for developers to unlock the full power of the Box platform and create new digital experiences that transform the way people and organizations work.”
Box software partners who are planning to build apps using Box Developer Edition include Advent Software, Exitround, and Sensery, the company said.
Levie also spoke with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt at length to kick off BoxDev, discussing opportunities in enterprise software development.
In addition to announcing Box Developer Edition, Box demonstrated some new tricks it’s rolling out for its Preview feature, including 3D preview, medical imaging, and watermarking. The cloud services firm has bolstered its SDK offerings with PHP, Java, and .NET integrations in Preview, and lists Airtable, Appcelerator, Autodesk, Brightact, Greenhouse, Highspot, Hightower, Kapost, Lithium Technologies, Mindflash, PlanGrid, Redbooth, Showpad, Submittable, and Xendo as integration partners.
“Autodesk is reinventing collaboration with best-in-class tools that allow anyone to work with 2D and 3D design and engineering files,” Scott Reese, vice president of Cloud Platforms at Autodesk, said in a statement. “We look forward to exploring how the Box View API can complement the experience our customers have come to expect when using our cloud collaboration platform, Autodesk A360.”
On the 3D front, Box is acquiring Verold, which will bring interactive 3D viewing technology to Box.
Box also has four new mobile SDKs—Content, Preview, Browse, and Share.
“The new SDKs introduce lightweight, reusable components for mobile app development that take advantage of Box’s clean UI and comprehensive enterprise security features,” Levie said. “The core components of the Content, Preview, Browse and Share mobile SDKs introduce new ways for developers to quickly build and enable user authentication, preview permissions, enhanced collaboration and streamlined navigation.”