Cloudinary Releases API to Support Cloud-Based Image Transformations.

Robert Egert
Mar. 26 2012, 02:00PM EDT

As interest in cloud storage goes mainstream, Cloudinary offers a cloud-based solution for storing, processing and delivering web assets with special emphasis on website image processing and delivery, which can be accessed through the Cloudinary API.

Cloudinary targets developers of web sites and applications that use and manipulate images (Such as social profile pictures and sprite generation).

“Our social network integration currently focuses on embedding Facebook & Twitter profile pictures of users into web sites or applications," says Nadav Soferman Cloudinary Co-founder. "Web developers can simply point to a dynamic URL of their Cloudinary account with the social profile name of the requested user (e.g., Facebook profile name, Facebook page ID, etc.). Our service automatically does all the work for them.”

Cloudinary provides an HTTP API and a dynamic URL-based API. It also provides a client-side API wrapper for Ruby on Rails (GEM). Full documentation is available.

The URL-based API allows users access to assets via HTPP requests while the Secure API is used for management tasks such as uploading and transformations. The image transform tools include cropping, resizing, format conversion, face detection, scaling, and intelligent actions such as URL-based transformations.

For applications that integrate with Facebook or Twitter, the service allows profile image extraction and transformation and automatic refresh based on social media profile updates.

There’s a free plan as well as tiered paid plans. Social network integration is included in all and focuses on embedding Facebook & Twitter profile pictures of users into web sites or applications.

Developers can point to the URL of their Cloudinary account with the social profile name of the requested user and its service automates a series of image-related tasks such as pulling the correct profile photo, resizing and reformatting to fit the destination site, as well as serving the file.

In closed development until a few months ago, Cloudinary recently opened to the public.

Robert Egert Robert Egert is a strategist, UX designer, artist and writer. Follow: @psychomotikon Read: motikon.com Connect: http://www.linkedin.com/in/robertegert

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