Today In APIs: API Trends for 2013, AfterShip API and 11 New APIs

Romin Irani
Jan. 15 2013, 12:00PM EST

Apigee publishes 2013 API Trends report. AfterShip provides single API allows you to track shipments across 30+ shipping companies. Plus: Campbell's releases API for "Hack the Kitchen", ObjectRocket launches Premium MongoDB Cloud Service and 11 new APIs.

2013 API Trends According to Apigee

Apigee has published a report on API Trends and what we can expect in 2013. Key trends include APIs becoming brand drivers, Enterprise adopting APIs to become leaders in their segments and Business Intelligence losing out to Big Data. Read the full report.

AfterShip releases API to track customer shipments

Hong Kong-based startup AfterShip, which allows merchants to provide better customer service by tracking shipments and providing notifications to their customers has released its Tracking API. The API allows you to track shipments across 30 shipping companies. The AfterShip API is JSON based and requires an API Key. The AfterShip service is free upto 100 shipments per month and plans start at $15/month.

API News Your Shouldn't Miss

11 New APIs

Today we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a local services information source, an event hosting club photo album retrieval service, a mobile and tablet publishing and content service, an irish multi-channel alert service, a bulk and transactional email service and a language translation service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

CentzyCentzy API: Centzy is a service that displays prices, hours, and ratings for services by location. Users can search for a variety of services such as hair stylists, tailors, and auto repair in cities in the United States.

The Centzy API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Centzy with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up for more information here: http://centzy.com/.

Charlotte City Club Photo AlbumCharlotte City Club Photo Album API: The Charlotte City Club - located in Charlotte, NC - provides social and business event hosting services to its members. Members may set up their own events or attend events held by the Club itself. The Charlotte City Club website provides a photo album, which is not available to the general public. The Photo Album API enables users to load all or some of the images from the photo album onto their own websites. This API is accessible via SOAP calls issued in XML format.

MagPlusMagPlus API: MagPlus is a publishing and content creation service for mobiles and tablets. Users can access a variety of features that allow them to create and publish dynamic and interactive content for mobiles and tablets.

The MagPlus API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of MagPlus with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email sales@magplus.com for more information.

MapAlerterMapAlerter API: MapAlerter is a free service that enables people living in Ireland to receive important service alerts from their local COuncil via text, email, landline, and social media. New users supply their contact details along with general location information. MapAlerter then determines alert recipients based on their home and work locations, so that subscribers only receive alerts that are relevant to them. The multi-channel nature of the service ensures that users will receive an alert over one or more channels as soon as it is published by their Council. This service is used to issue alerts for floods, severe weather warnings, water service disruptions, boil water notices, road closures, and more.

SMTP.comSMTP.com API: SMTP.com is an independent provider of outbound email delivery services for marketing, enterprise, and personal applications. Their RESTful public API provides functions for retrieving information on successful deliveries, bounces, queue size, and spam complaints as well as detailed delivery logs. Real-time delivery feedback can be set up for immediate bounce and spam complaint notifications.

TEXTKINGTEXTKING API: TEXTKING is an online translation service. With the TEXTKING Translation API, developers can access and integrate the TEXTKING human translation services with other applications.

The TEXTKING API is a RESTful Web Service for the accessing and management of translation projects. The API can be addressed using all common programming languages.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club Photo AlbumThe Philadelphia Cricket Club Photo Album API: The Philadelphia Cricket Club is a private club with several clubhouses located in Pennsylvania. In addition to cricket, they also provide facilities for golf, paddle, squash, swimming, and tennis. Their website hosts a photo album, which can be accessed programmatically using its SOAP-based API. The Photo Album API enables users to load all or some of the images from the photo album onto their own websites.

Toronto Pearson Connecting GuideToronto Pearson Connecting Guide API: Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest and busiest airport, and thousands of people make flight connections through it every day. To assist such travelers, the Toronto Pearson website provides free access to its Connecting Guide service. Users input the details of their arrival, destination, and airline, and the Connection Guide service returns a customized, step-by-step guide to navigating Toronto Pearson.

USGS Contour ServiceUSGS Contour Service API: The USGS Contour Web Service creates a vector shapefile of contours for the desired area, which the user inputs in terms of latitude and longitude. If desired, the user may also choose the contour interval and units and a name for the resulting shapefile. The generated files are packaged in one zipfile and placed on the USGS webserver where they are publicly available. This service returns a URL that can be used to obtain the finished file.

Widen Media CollectiveWiden Media Collective API: The Widen Media Collective is a web-based digital asset management solution from Widen Enterprises. Users of the Widen Collective can manage, share and distribute digital assets such as photos, logos, audio/video clips, presentations, documents and more.

Widen offers a Web Services API that allows other web applications to search and access the digital assets and metadata in Widen Digital Asset Management (DAM). With the API, clients can dynamically pull assets and metadata from Widen DAM and use it in their own web applications.

WithFloatsWithFloats API: WithFloats is a local discovery service that allows users to search for events, businesses, movies, parties, and offers by city.

The WithFloats API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of WithFloats with other applications. Public documentation is not available. Interested developers should sign up here: http://develop.withfloats.com/ for API access.

Romin Irani Google Developer Expert Cloud 2014. Romin loves learning about new technologies and teaching it to others. Follow me on Google+

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