API Spotlight: DropBox, Greenway, and Given.to APIs

Matthew Scott
Jul. 13 2013, 10:00AM EDT

Of the many APIs we published this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eleven, which include the Ribbet API. Ribbet is a photo-editing tool providing users with various different tools and filters. Along with these basic tools and filters comes more complex photo collage making functionalities. These include more extensive editing tools similar to that of Photoshop.  The Ribbet API allows developers to integrate the Ribbet photo editing functionality into their websites. To learn more about the Ribbet API visit the Ribbet site as well as the Ribbet API blog post.

eHiveManaging a vast museum collection requires a lot of work to actively inventory, evaluate, and share precious museum art and artifacts. This is where the eHive API comes in to play its part. The eHive functionality allows curators to manage their museum inventories through a web interface designed specifically for collection management. Developers are given the eHive API, granting them access to share eHive databases across mobile, social, and third party applications. To learn more about the eHive API visit the eHive site as well as the eHive API blog post.

OOchartsOn issue with analytics is finding ways around the request limits. The OOcharts API is a simple API that provides a work around to retrieve data from Google Analytics. The API offers unlimited queries, API keys, and ten thousand requests to their server per month. Retrieving information is done in a three-step process, generating a key that gives access to analytic profiles, querying the desired metrics, and calling the API. To learn more about the OOcharts API visit the OOcharts site as well as the OOcharts API blog post.

UK PoliceThe idea of using crime data to create products and services is something the UK based Police API provides. It gives developers access to anonymized crime datasets by region, neighborhood, and even is refined enough to provide information on a block-by-block basis. The potential for law enforcement to utilize this data to fight crime is huge. However, it also lands right in the middle of civil liberties debates that argue it could impede upon, or constrict, pre-existing civil rights. To learn more about the UK Police API visit the UK Police data site as well as the UK Police API blog post.

FirebaseIf you are an Android developer then you could be happy about the new support surrounding Android and the Firebase API. Firebase allows developers create interactive apps in HTML and JavaScript without having to worry about the backend. This is because the functionality of the Firebase API notifies app users about any changes to an app in real time. Firebase now offers both iOS and Android SDK support. To learn more about the Firebase API visit the Firebase site as well as the Firebase API blog post.

Given.to The Given.to API gives developers the ability to create apps that give their users the ability to purchase things for their friends. In other words, developers seeking a promotional marketing campaign, rewards program, or incentive program for their applications need look no further. The Given.to API started out as a group-pay-for-gift idea, allowing various users to contribute some money towards a gift one of their friends wanted for a birthday, wedding, etc. The idea has since the developed into an effective marketing solution. To learn more about the Given.to API visit the Given.to site as well as the Given API blog post.

MailWriterMailWriter made the process of sending and creating custom letters easier, but didn’t get rid of the physical paper that makes it so personal. Specifically, MailWriter allows people to create digital letters that the application will then print and send for the user. All the user has to provide is the relevant address information. The MailWriter API makes this functionality available to developers who wish to integrate the functionality into their website or application. To learn more about the MailWriter API visit the MailWriter site as well as the MailWriter API blog post.

DropBox, leading file syncing and hosting service, has announced the company’s new Datastore API. The API helps manage contacts, to-do lists, stats, bookmarks, and other forms of structured data.  This means developers who build their apps with Datastore are granted real-time updated data across all devices whether the device is on or offline. Then when the device goes back online, Datastore merges the changes made to the local data across all the devices, with minimal sync conflicts. To learn more about the Datastore API visit the DropBox site as well as the Datastore API blog post.

ChapooChapoo, projection information management platform on the cloud, released the Chapoo API giving developers the ability to integrate some Chapoo features into their sites or applications. The idea behind Chapoo was to design a product that helped users streamline the management process, reduce costs, and be less wasteful. The nest step in this idea could be the Chapoo API that, with its functionality, gives developers the ability to manage productivity in areas of business new to Chapoo. To learn more about the Chapoo API visit the Chapoo site as well as the Chapoo API blog post.

Cigna HealthHealth data is important, specifically for making decisions about medical care and health insurance, so having this information available in real time streamlines the process. Cigna is a giant in the health services. With the Cigna Health API developers are given access to some of Cigna’s data so they can create useful health applications. This data is combined of individual services and utility services. To learn more about the Cigna Health API visit the Cigna site as well as the Cigna API blog post.

Doctor’s should be spending their time taking care of patients, not writing patient information down or relying on their staff to make sense of scribbled notes. At least this could have been what Greenway was thinking when they released the Greenway API. It happens to give medical practices access to Greenway’s dictation functionality, allowing their doctors to say verbal notes and have the application convert it into text. Then, it transcribes that text in the correct location on the patient’s documents. To learn more about the Greenway API visit the Greenway site as well as the Greenway API blog post.

Matthew Scott Matt is a finance major at the Lundquist College of Business. He currently manages his own portfolio with aspirations of becoming a certified financial planner in the near future. To connect with Matt, please visit his Google+ and LinkedIn profiles.

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