Introducing Filestack’s A-la-carte Features

As a tech company, we know how crucial good features are for you and your users. Video is now a key way to draw in viewers and share important messages. We’re excited to launch a simple, marketplace-style method to add new features to your work. This easy-to-use, ‘a-la-carte’ portal lets you quickly add and use any feature not in your plan. Whether it’s using OCR for turning documents digital or enhancing user experience with red eye correction, Filestack’s varied features provide a full range of options to boost your project. Let’s dive into these features and see how they can enhance your work.

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Main Features you should check out

Video Conversions

Video conversions are essential in a modern business approach. Consider, for example, you run a learning platform and wish to add your brand’s watermark to all uploaded videos. Manually, this is resource-intensive, but with Filestack’s a-la-carte services, it becomes an automated process. 

Filestack also makes it easy to change your videos into different formats. This helps make sure they work well on various devices and platforms, giving your users a better experience. With Filestack’s a-la-carte options, you get a smooth way to handle these video changes. This lets you quickly adjust and customize your videos for all sorts of places.


Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology has significantly altered our interaction with content. Filestack’s OCR feature recognizes printed and handwritten text in images, converting it into a JSON format that includes detailed breakdowns of text areas, lines, and words. We have several articles on OCR.

For instance, if your goal is to have users upload a document to your app and extract specific information, such as a document number, this once complex task is now simplified with Filestack. By adding this a-la-carte feature to your plan, you can efficiently implement the necessary code.

Image Enhancement and Captioning

In today’s world, high-quality images are a must for capturing attention online. Filestack’s image enhancement and captioning play a vital role in improving both the visual appeal and accessibility of content. Filestack’s image enhancement a-la-carte feature allows you to refine the visual quality of images, adjusting aspects like brightness, contrast, and color balance, ensuring a professional look.

Moreover, automated captioning with Filestack enhances accessibility and engagement, making the content more inclusive and understandable. Utilizing these a-la-carte features for image enhancement and captioning helps create a more engaging and immersive experience for your audience, boosting the content’s overall quality and fostering a stronger connection.

Additional features

These are just 3 of the many a-la-carte features you can include in your plan, a few others are:

    • Facial detection: trigger workflows and operations such as smart crop to focus on faces in a photo, or pixelate or blur for anonymity to give you full control over images containing faces
    • SFW Images: Easily detect and manage image content that violates Safe for Work (SFW) rules, such as pornography, violence, or gore.
    • Video Tagging: Uncover insights within your videos with Filestack Video Intelligence using state of the art machine learning.
    • Custom Picker Design: Easily customize the Filestack Picker with CSS. 
    • Webhooks: Integrate easily with your backend or frontend. You can learn more about this by watching our in-house tutorial.
    • Document Viewer and Slider: Preview files in the browser in normal or slide view. Any PDF file or file that can be converted to PDF can be previewed using the slide Processing API task.


Case Studies Showcasing Successful Strategy with Filestack

To see how Filestack’s a-la-carte features boost business, we’ll look at some case studies. These stories show how companies have used Filestack to improve user interest, sales, and brand strength.

Case Study 1: Streamlining Wishbone’s Image Management with Filestack

Filestack played a crucial role in optimizing Wishbone’s image upload process, particularly for avatars on their non-profit fundraising platform. By utilizing Filestack’s facial recognition and dynamic resizing capabilities, Wishbone significantly reduced development time and streamlined the alignment and resizing of thousands of user images, enhancing the user experience for students and teachers on the platform.

Case Study 2: Enhancing K-12 Education: Filestack’s Role in IL Classroom’s Digital Transformation

Imagine Learning Classroom (IL Classroom), formerly LearnZillion, successfully integrated Filestack’s a-la-carte features into their K-12 educational platform. This integration facilitated seamless uploads of educational content, including office files and multimedia, directly from Google Workspaces and desktops, enhancing the lesson authoring process. Filestack’s tools were instrumental in transitioning IL Classroom to a browser-native curriculum, proving vital for remote teaching and content management.

Case Study 3: Filestack’s Integral Role in HeyOrca’s Platform Integration with Third-Party storage

Filestack significantly enhanced HeyOrca’s content management platform, specializing in agency-level content strategies, by providing seamless integration with cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. This integration allowed efficient import of images, videos, and documents for content approval, along with dynamic image resizing and video transcoding capabilities, streamlining HeyOrca’s process and saving time and resources.

They have had success with the a-la-carte features; now you can too!

How to add a-la-carte features to your plan

Now, I hope your head is spinning around and you are thinking about all the possibilities to bulk up your project. The next question would be, what’s next? It’s super simple if you follow the instructions below:

  1. Access using your credentials and click “Upgrade.”( If you are completely new to Filestack and you do not have an account you can start a free trial here)alacarte_step_1
  2. After selecting the “Upgrade” option, you will be redirected to the Build Your Custom Plan page. Scroll down and select the “Get Started” option. alacarte_step_2
  3. Upon clicking the “Build your custom plan” button, you will have two options to choose from: you can either start a new A La Carte plan from scratch or enable your current plugins (AKA features).
  4. If you choose the “Start from scratch” option, a list of plugins/features, along with their respective prices, will be presented. You can then select which features/plugins to add to your custom plan. On the other hand, if you select “Enable my current plugins”, a list of features/plugins already included in your current subscription will appear. You can keep or remove these plugins from your plan and add new features/plugins.
  5. Once you select the desired features/plugin(s), proceed to “Request Update.”                                       alacarte_step_5
  6. Filestack directly processes the feature change request. If no existing credit card details are available, it takes you to the payment gateway page to complete the new plan subscription.

That’s it, it is that easy and quick!

Upgrade your toolset

Sticking only to the basics might not be the best plan for your business. At Filestack, we offer a lot more. Having a strong, well-thought-out strategy is key to catching people’s attention, getting them to interact, and reaching your business goals. With Filestack’s a-la-carte features, you get a simple yet complete solution to boost your strategy. I encourage you to explore and try out Filestack’s various options. If you’re unsure or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help with documentation, or we can even arrange a one-on-one demo.

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