36 New APIs: Cloud-Based Video Encoding, Fotomoto, RealGravity

Wendell Santos
Sep. 11 2011, 08:00AM EDT

This week we had 36 new APIs added to our API directory including an image marketplace service, video encoding software, social media monitoring service, video hosting platform service, shopping reviews service, maps and gps navigation. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AtlasCT Geo-ServicesAtlasCT Geo-Services API: AtlasCT is a maps and location-based services (LBS) company providing maps, geo-services, GIS and LBS to web and mobile developers, and enterprises. AtlasCT also produces applications for GPS navigation, social location sharing, child tracking and more.

AtlasCT Geo-Services API is a suite of cloud-based geo-services to support different geo-related queries in your application. The API is a set of HTTP calls which return standard KML/XML formatted results which can be used in any mobile or web application. Features include geo-coding (address search), reverse geo-coding (nearest address), local search (points of interest), routing (driving directions), and map tiles.

AtlasCT Mobile MapsAtlasCT Mobile Maps API: AtlasCT is a maps and location-based services (LBS) company providing maps, geo-services, GIS and LBS to web and mobile developers, and enterprises. AtlasCT also produces applications for GPS navigation, social location sharing, child tracking and more.

The AtlasCT Mobile Maps API is compatible with iOS, Android and Java ME (J2ME). The Mobile Apps API enables in-app maps and voice guided GPS navigation and features an interactive map, free form 1-line address search, local search, route search, places and check-in, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, support for satellite imagery, display of custom content layers on the map, photo geo-tagging, and more.

Bank Account CheckerBank Account Checker API: BankAccountChecker.com lets users verify, check and validate bank account and sortcode details. The API returns a validation code and a validation description for the UK bank account and sort code provided. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

Best Buy BBYOpen BBYFeedBest Buy BBYOpen BBYFeed API: BBYOpen is Best Buy's effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.

The BBYFeed API provides access to data learned from customer and associate interactions. It creates, collects and monitors conversations about the things sold by Best Buy within a single and technology-agnostic feed. Currently used to power internal Best Buy applications. In private beta for external developers.

Best Buy BBYOpen BBYOfferBest Buy BBYOpen BBYOffer API: BBYOpen is Best Buy's effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.

The BBYOffer API provides access to the latest Best Buy offers and promotions. Users can add data to an individual offer so that publishers can place that offer in various ways and places. The API is currently used to power internal Best Buy applications. In private beta for external developers.

Best Buy BBYOpen BBYScanBest Buy BBYOpen BBYScan API: BBYOpen is Best Buy's effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.

The BBYScan API provides usage data on who is scanning QR codes, as well as when, where, and what is being scanned within Best Buy stores. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML,JSON and JSONP. Currently used to power internal Best Buy applications. In private beta with external developers.

Best Buy BBYOpen CategoriesBest Buy BBYOpen Categories API: BBYOpen is Best Buy's effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.

The Categories API allows category and product searches within category on bestbuy.com. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML,JSON and JSONP.

Best Buy BBYOpen ReviewsBest Buy BBYOpen Reviews API: BBYOpen is Best Buy's effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.

The Reviews API allows access to every individual review submitted for the products sold by Best Buy. In addition users can access information such as reviewer, rating, date submitted and review commentary. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML,JSON and JSONP.

Best Buy BBYOpen StoresBest Buy BBYOpen Stores API: BBYOpen is Best Buy's effort to open their sets of data. The data made available includes items being sold, company knowledge and services offered in an effort to encourage developers to build relevant apps. BBYOpen offers new sources of data, access to BETA APIs, promotion of apps built using BBYOpen APIs, tools to help get started, and incentive models to reward developer work.

The Stores API provides location information and allows product availability queries for all Best Buy stores. With the API users can query information such as store addresses, geo-location, store hours and phone numbers. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

BetterEncodingBetterEncoding API: BetterEncoding is an on demand cloud-based video encoding software, that can integrates with a user's system and quickly encode their video files. The BetterEncoding API exposes the functionality of the software including uploading, encoding, monitoring of the encoding process, download, delte and list. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML.

Brain MapsBrain Maps API: Brain Maps is an online, interactive brain atlas, including both primate and non-primate brains. Brain Maps provides scanned images of sub-micron resolution brain sections. These images are annotated and a database allows for querying and retrieval of data about brain structure and function. Complete brain atlases are available for certain species.

The Brain Maps API is a multiresolution image viewer with customizable label overlays. It is a free service, available for any web site that is free to consumers.

BTBucketsBTBuckets API: BTBuckets is a personalization and on-site behavioral targeting tool that allows websites to segment and target strategic user groups.

The JavaScript API lets users add functions to the BTBuckets tag to help with managing buckets information, profile users and integrate with other systems. Functions include the ability to find out if the user is in a specific bucket, get all buckets the user is in, run a selected target code, track user events or flash sites to profile them.

DuoFactorDuoFactor API: DuoFactor is a two-factor authentication product that creates a virtual network of partner businesses (their websites, or their software applications) and produces a pool of users who can access each of this network's nodes seamlessly. DuoFactor possesses a data repository that can be accessed by a set of RESTful web service methods or functions. The API can be used to integrate the service with web sites. Functionality includes login, getting user info and pairing users with their device.

FotomotoFotomoto API: Fotomoto is a service that allows photographers, designers, organizations, and illustrators to offer printing services of images on their websites. Fotomoto offers a variety of products that customers can choose to print and buy, from canvas prints to calendars and greeting cards.

Fotomoto offers two APIs, the public API and the affiliate API. The public API allows developers to integrate the "buy" buttons into their websites, while the affiliate API allows for more functionality, such as adding new users directly from the affiliate site without having to go to Fotomoto. Some other example API methods include retrieving images, buying and sharing images, and downloading images.

FractalFractal API: Fractal is a service that tests HTML emails on major email clients and automatically fixes common problems that block HTML emails or makes HTML emails unreadable. Fractal tests and validates HTML emails that have CSS properties in 24 email clients and fixes known quirks in email clients.

The Fractal API allows developers to integrate Fractal's functionality into other applications. Some example API methods include validating HTML emails, fixing bugs and quirks in the HTML emails, and checking links in the HTML emails.

GIS CloudGIS Cloud API: GIS Cloud is a service that allows users to host, manage, and access their geospatial data in the cloud. GIS Cloud also allows for creation, editing, and publishing of maps from the geospatial data.

The GIS Cloud API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of GIS Cloud into other applications. Some example API methods include creating maps, editing maps, deleting maps, creating and listing layers, and listing features.

GootipGootip API: Gootip is a search service that allows users to submit questions in keywords and specify location to get answers. Users can also answer questions submitted by other users.

The Gootip API allows developers to access data from Gootip. Some example API methods include searching for questions, asking questions, answering questions, and finding questions by locations.

ImpermiumImpermium API: Impermium is a subscription service that provides clients with protection against "social spam," such as user-generated content spam, account hacking, and fraudulent registration.

The Impermium API allows developers to integrate and access data from Imperimum into other applications. Some example API methods include logging in, adding profiles, viewing messages, and accessing account events.

iNetWordiNetWord API: iNetWord is an online, fully-functional document and webpage editor. This service is currently free to users and iNetWord has collaborative functionality for sharing and editing folders, documents and images.

The iNetWord API uses JavaScript to control documents from within another website or application.

InsideSales InsideSales API: Insidesales.com is a provider of response management solutions for sales and marketing including a telephony suite of tools including voice messaging, auto dialing, and lead response. The InsideSales API provides additional tools, and nearly any data function available in the system can be duplicated through an API command.

LemonstormLemonstorm API: Lemonstorm is a UK-based web development company providing domain hosting, web and graphic design services, SSL certificates, and online texting service.

The Lemonstorm API allows for the integration of texting functionality into software or websites. It uses HTTP and returns responses in XML and JSON.

Manybots ServerManybots Server API: Manybots is a platform that lets users capture, explore and analyze their activities. It gives individuals tools including a platform, a catalog of apps, custom development services and knowledge to start owning the information they produce and use that information to improve their lives. The Manybots API can be used to store activities that captured with your own apps, or from other apps' APIs. Users can read and write activities and have data returned in JSON format.

MediaPistonMediaPiston API: MediaPiston is a service that provides written content on-demand. Through a pool of writers on a variety of subjects, MediaPiston provides content for product descriptions, websites, articles, blogposts, and more.

The MediaPiston API allows users to integrate the content and functionality from MediaPiston into other applications such as content publishing systems. Public documentation is not available, and those interested in the API should contact info@mediapiston.com.

MyAvoxDataMyAvoxData API: MyAvoxData (MAD) is a service that provides access to business entity data including registered address, industry classifications, and immediate and ultimate parent.

The MAD API allows business entity information to be called via HTTP and responses are formatted in HTML, JSON, or as plain text.

OMA BrowserOMA Browser API: The OMA Browser is a web-based interface to the data from the OMA project, which offering a comprehensive search and numerous display options for millions of proteins from 1000 species. The OMA Browser reports different types of orthology for each entry.

The OMA Browser API lets you integrate orthologs predictions from the OMA algorithm into your own programs or web services. There is a SOAP API available and a Distributed Annotated System (DAS) API for use with the Ensemble software for automatic genomic annotation.

PDXPDX API: PDXAPI is a JSON API that provides access to geographic and real time data from Portland, OR. Most of the data originates from CivicApps, the regional Portland area open data initiative. As much of the data from CivicApps is in a hard to consume form, PDX API filters the data and provides it in a format that is easier for application developers to consume. The API uses RESTful calls.

Plimus Buy AnywarePlimus Buy Anyware API: Plimus is a software registration service offering payment processing, subscription services, code, copy and fraud protection. Plimus Buy Anyware API offers a REST-based interface between the customer and Plimus e-Business platform. With Buy Anyware, users can deliver customized checkout processes, single-click purchase processes, secure login to the Plimus shopper control panel, seller-hosted customer account management controls and innovative subscription terms and programs. Full documentation is available by contacting the provider.

Postcard on the RunPostcard on the Run API: Postcard on the Run is an application that allows users to take photographs, personalize them with messages, and send them as print postcards to physical mailing addresses.

The Postcard on the Run API allows developers to integrate Postcard on the Run functionality into other applications. The API is currently in private beta mode, and they are accepting requests via email at api@postcardontherun.com. Public documentation is not available at this time.

Rackspace Cloud FilesRackspace Cloud Files API: Rackspace Cloud Files is an online file and media storage service. Cloud Files provides private or public file "containers" and media files are served via integration with the Akamai Content Delivery Network.

The Cloud Files API allows developers to upload files programmatically, enable Cloud Files CDN integration on any container for public distribution, create Containers programmatically, retrieve lists of containers and files, and more. The API uses the RESTful protocol and returns responses in XML and JSON.

RankurRankur API: Rankur is a platform for social media monitoring and analysis. It monitors online conversations and lets users know what is being said about them and their competitors. Users can also acquire suggestions and develop their services and products. Rankur scans over 30,000,000 web pages per day.

With the Rankur API users can receive their search results, metric results and summarized trend info as structured data and process them in their own apps and tools. Functionality includes changing the format of the results per preference, join rankur.com as a partner application, manage saved searches. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON. Users should contact the provider for full documentation.

RealGravityRealGravity API: RealGravity is an online video hosting platform. RealGravity offers users services such as uploading and publishing video content to websites and applications, content licensing and syndication, and generating revenue through ads.

The RealGravity API allows developers to access content and functionality of RealGravity. Some example API methods include searching for and retrieving videos based on categories, providers, and video libraries.

Schedules DirectSchedules Direct API: Schedules Direct is a non-profit organization aimed at increasing awareness and use of Open Source software, especially alternatives to commercial media applications. They also provide support functions for such software.

Schedules Direct provides members with access to a data feed of TV Listings. Their API uses the SOAP protocol and returns results in XML.

Scribendi Editing ServicesScribendi Editing Services API: Scibendi provides proofreading services. Users can get quotes, place and manage orders, review the status of orders, and review completed documents from any user interface (web site or application).

Using the editing services API will ensure that clients' documents are professionally edited and proofread through their own interface, allowing them to focus on their core strengths and offerings. Documents can be sent to be edited from anywhere whether on the web or a mobile device.

The editing services API is a web-based XML system. It receives well-formed XML documents and provides an XML response. All requests to the API must be signed using a public/private key and a signing hash must be included in every request. The XML API is encapsulated in the Scribendi.com PHP API Client library. This pre-rolled abstraction layer allows the API to be called programmatically from within PHP without having to build and call the services manually. Full documentation is not available.

SpeakerTextSpeakerText API: SpeakerText is an online transcription service that provides transcription services for video and audio content. When the audio and video content is transcribed into text, it can be searched and shared.

The SpeakerText API allows users to access SpeakerText functionality in other applications. The two API methods are posting content for transcription and retrieving the text transcript.

StrongsteamStrongsteam API: Strongsteam is an AppStore that offers artificial intelligence and data mining APIs to let users pull information out of images, video and audio. With the APIs, users can do things such as use optical character recognition to get text out of images, determine the similarity of two images, use natural language processing to analyze, cluster and compare text, extract text from audio and use machine learning on text to derive new data. The REST based API allows web clients to interact with its AI modules to complete tasks without having to program. This gives developers the ability to prototype AI in applications with simple calls to URLs. Developers can contact the provider for access to the API documentation.

Watch.ioWatch.io API: Watch.io is software that indexes all on-line movies and TV shows. The software provides an interface to an almost real time index of the top TV shows on the internet, from both free sources and paid sources where a free source is not available.

The watch.io JavaScript widget allows site owners to display the top 4 most recent episodes from almost any TV show on the web. Watch.io gathers information from numerous sites so site owners don't have to.

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