# Saturday, March 7, 2009

PC2Paper provides two letter sending API's and one Letter Pricing API (please see below)

PC2Papers API Letter Sending Interfaces

PC2Paper has two letter sending API interfaces available. One interface is a simple back end form post interface that only accepts text input (our most popular) and the other is a back end XML RPC interface that only accepts PDF and MS Word documents.

Form Post Interface

The Form Post Interface (FPI) is our most popular because of how simple it is to setup. If you have ever created a backend form interface to integrate with services such as PayPal and World Pay then you already have most of the skills you need to use the FPI. Simply speaking the FPI accepts a form post from either a normal webpage or a back end server to authenticate you, you provide your PC2Paper username and password to it and that is how the site knows who to bill the cost of the letter to. To use the interface and to find out more download the PC2PaperFPI pack.


XML RPC Interface

The PC2Paper XML RPC Interface is a bit more advanced than the form post interface and enables the sending of PDF and Word documents from server to server or desktop application to PC2Paper. Inside the PC2PaperXMLRPC pack we provide you with the sample XML the interface is expecting and a compiled (optional) VB 6 DLL called PC2PaperRemote.DLL which you can call instead of trying to create the XML the interface is expecting yourself. You should be able to use PC2PaperRemote.DLL from most COM aware languages such as VB, ASP, Delphi, .NET etc.

To use the PC2PaperRemote.DLL you will need to install MSXML if it is not already installed on the machine you intend to use it from. However if you prefer to generate the XML yourself and Base64 encode the file you wish to send into the XML, the format of the XML file can be found in the file XMLFormat.txt which can be found in the PC2PaperXMLRPC.

Letter Pricing API

PC2Paper provide an XML based interface that enables you to workout the price of your letter before sending it. This is useful for websites that resell our service and would like to know how much to bill the customers before actually sending the letter. To get started you can download the documentation for our interface here. You can also download the country code file, a csv you will need to lookup country codes.

posted on Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:03:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This article highlights what have been named as Britain's 10 worst hotels in a poll of travellers. The poll was carried out by the travellers website TripAdvisor.com It allows visitors to rank hotels giving them stars on a scale of one to five with the worst receiving one star and the best five stars. Seven out the top worst hotels are in London with the Cromwell Crown in Earls Court in central London topping the list.

The worst 10 hotels are:

1. Cromwell Crown, London

2. Corbigoes Hotel, London

3. Nanford Guest House, Oxford

4. Cosmopolitan Hotel, Brighton

5. Eden Plaza Hotel, London

6. Hanover Hotel, London

7. Rose Court Hotel, London

8. Imperial Hotel, Manchester

9. Gresham Hotel Bloomsbury, London

10. Park Hotel, London

posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12:46:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Recently airlines have been introducing charges for things that customers have previously taking for granted, like checking in bags on in flight meals. It appears Ryanair may go one step further and start charging customer to use the toilet. According to this article Ryanair are considering charging customers £1 to use the toilet on their flights. The article suggests that they are looking at the possibility of installing a coin slot on the lavatory door, this just seems another good reason to avoid Ryanair.

posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 2:06:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 2, 2009

Royal Mail are currently experiencing delays to deliveries in Staffordshire due to a rooftop protest at the sorting office in Burslem. Deliveries in the ST6 1 to ST6 8 areas are likely to experience delays and disruption to mail deliveries. During this time mail deliveries to this area is likely to take longer than usual.

posted on Monday, March 2, 2009 2:36:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 27, 2009

How do I send Recorded Signed For mail from PC2Paper?
After writing your letter in the normal way you can select the Recorded Delivery option from the extras drop down menu.

How is my Recorded Signed For letter processed after I have sent it?
Your letter will then be printed and posted in the usual way and then passed to Royal Mail for delivery. PC2Paper then receive a tracking number.

When do I receive my tracking number?
Within 24 hours you should then receive an email from PC2Paper with your Royal Mail tracking number.

How do I track the progress of my Recorded Signed For letter
You can use your tracking number at www.royalmail.com to check when your letter has been delivered and to see a copy of any signature that has been obtained on delivery.

What happens if my letter cannot be delivered?
If Royal Mail are unable to deliver your Recorded Signed For item and it remains unclaimed from the local delivery office it will be returned to the return address within 7 days with a reason why it could not be delivered. For this to happen the return address needs to a valid UK based address. Where no return address has been specified the letter is destroyed by Royal Mail.

What happens if my return address is not in the UK?
If you want to send a Recorded Signed For item and add a return address that is outside of the UK then it is not possible for Royal Mail to return the item outside of the UK. In this case the letter is destroyed. If you are outside the UK and want to use this option we recommend signing up for a PC2Paper mailbox which gives you a UK based address and using this as your return address. The letter will then be returned to us and we will notify you by email.

What happens if my letter is lost?
Royal Mail does not consider mail to be lost until 15 working days after it has been posted. If after this time your Recorded Signed For item has not been delivered you should contact PC2Paper giving the letter ID. We will then raise a claim for the lost item and providing that the letter was addressed correctly and the claim is successful we will then reimburse you for the cost of the lost letter.

posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 10:33:26 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 26, 2009

A new station has recently opened in Corby to provide a direct service into London for the first time in 43 years. Corby has not had a station since the 1990's and the new station has been eagerly awaited. The station has cost £17 million to build and should be running one train per hour into London, however due to a shortage of rolling stock there are not currently enough trains to operate the station to full capacity. This means that until more trains can be found there will only be one service per day from the new station. To run to full capacity the operator East Midlands Trains needs three trains but it currently only has one. It is hoping to have an hourly service up and running by April.

posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 5:14:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 25, 2009

article-1155022-03A9F6F3000005DC-789_468x286 A plane carrying 135 passengers has crashed and broken into three pieces at an Amsterdam airport. The Turkish Airlines 737 broke into three pieces as it hit the ground near the runway as its attempted to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport this morning. Officials from the airline has initially said that no one had been killed but it later emerged that 9 people are dead and at least 50 are injured. As yet it is not known what caused the crash.

posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 2:45:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 23, 2009

You can upload images in the rich text editor by clicking the insert image button, browsing to the image on your computer and clicking the upload button, we should then be able to print your document complete with the images. Alternatively you can insert your images into a Word Document or PDF document and upload this instead.

posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 12:00:46 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback