Today in APIs: ABOL Launches API Developer Portal, Amazon Mobile Associates API for Android and 10 New APIs

Greg Bates
Aug. 27 2013, 02:05PM EDT

New ABOL developer portal comes with easier-to-use API. Amazon's Associate API arrives at Android. Plus 10 new APIs.

ABOL Opens Developer Portal and API 3.0

Multi-carrier shipping software vendor ABOL has launched version 3.0 of its shipping API, offering the ability to push order details into iabol for shipping, obtain carrier rates, global address validation and cleansing prior to shipping, and data submission to produce carrier compliant labels for shipping.

According to the press release, the core audience is online retailers and marketplaces:

"With the iabol shipping API developers gain access to shipping methods for all shipping services that cover more than 60 domestic and international carriers. Included carriers are UPS, FedEx, DHL Global Mail, DHL Express, USPS, Yodel and many more. CEO, Maik Goettel states that many of the 60 + carriers do not offer their own API’s. That is where iabol comes in. With the iabol API shippers can generate compliant labels for any supported carrier. All through a single API."

Documentation, demos and more are available on its developer site. Pricing starts at $49/month and escalates to $249 for enterprise management. Additional features (such as address validation and multi user accounts) are also available as add ons.

Amazon Associates API Makes it to Android

Amazon Product AdvertisingAmazon has announced an API for its mobile associates program. The aim is to expand the monetization avenues beyond the existing models of freemium, subscriptions and advertising.

According to Donald Melanson at Engadget, this new method makes it possible to earn six percent on in-app purchases:

"Mobile Associates API, which will let app developers hook into its popular Associates program to earn a kickback of up to six percent on all products sold through their apps. Those purchases can be made either entirely within the app or through an external link to Amazon, and the API covers both Amazon's own Kindle Fire tablets as well as other Android devices (we wouldn't hold your breath for iOS support). In announcing the new option, Amazon said that it hopes it will provide an alternative revenue stream to fully paid, ad-supported or "freemium" apps for developers, but it'd also obviously also get quite a bit in return itself if they fully embrace it."

As an extension of the Amazon Associates program founded way back in 1996, you can now sell a single item through your app, showcase a category of goods, or bundle the sale of a character from your game with the ability to play that character, according to Mike Hines on Amazon's Mobile App Distribution blog.

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10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a tv and video advertising platform, a gene expression research database, an image optimization service, a learning assessment service, a web application hosting and publishing service, a url link shortening and management service and a photo sharing and editing app. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Adap.tvAdap.tv API: Adap.tv is a television and video advertising platform. Users can buy and sell advertising space and content for television and video.

The Adap.tv API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Adap.tv with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

EMBL-EBI Gene Expression AtlasEMBL-EBI Gene Expression Atlas API: The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), provides open data from life science experiments, performs basic computational biology research, and supports researchers in academia and industry. EBI also hosts the Gene Expression Atlas, a semantically enriched database providing information about gene expression patterns.
The EMBL-EBI Gene Expression Atlas API is a SOAP web service providing developer access to the Atlas. The API allows applications to query the atlas using four distinct methods.

Kraken Image OptimizerKraken Image Optimizer API: Kraken is an image optimization service that supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, and SVG files. It helps users compress and optimize their images to save on bandwidth and reduce site load times. Kraken can also perform image cropping and resizing operations prior to optimization. Kraken users can optimize a small number of images for free using the web interface, or they can buy access to the REST API for larger-scale jobs.

LearnosityLearnosity API: Learnosity is a cloud-based learning assessment toolkit. It enables users to create tests, administer them, and then analyze the results. So far, Learnosity provides 23 different kinds of questions. The service can function on any device or OS located anywhere in the world. Learnosity's APIs allow users to author, assess, and report on tests. API users can also embed test editors, questions, or reports in other websites or applications. Additional features are in the works.

NiveNive API: Nive is a hosting platform and publishing environment for web applications. Easily integrate development components as web services with just a few clicks. Services include user account management, access permissions, website cms, and more.

Nive offers a number of API functions for access to Nive services. API functions can be called as http request directly or by using the javascript library. Responses are returned in JSON. API functions include DataStorage, Useraccoutns, Website cms, and HTML application.

PinnedURLPinnedURL API: PinnedURL provides link redirection services with link management and analytics. Customers can shorten long affiliate URLs into PinnedURLs for use on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Customers can customize their URL with their own alias.

The PinnedURL API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of PinnedURL with other applications. Some example API methods include returning categories of URLs, managing URLs, and managing user information. The API returns either XML, JASON or Plain Text.

StreamzooStreamzoo API: Streamzoo is a photo sharing and editing service. The app is capable of applying borders, filters, and many other editing effects, as well as adding hash tags and sharing on social networks.
The Streamzoo API allows 3rd party applications to access uploads from a specified user, a specified stream, or to access any single item. The API accepts HTTP calls and returns JSON formatted responses.

SupportFuSupportFu API: SupportFu is a flexible, lightweight helpdesk service. Support tickets can be submitted through multiple channels and are all handled in one place. The system is easy for customers to use since they never have to log on or remember a ticket number. Everything in SupportFu updates in real time, and many common actions can be automated. The service includes analytics functions and a leaderboard for helpdesk agents. The SupportFu API provides users with programmatic access to these services, though it is currently still in alpha.

Tick.eeTick.ee API: Tick.ee is a free online ticketing sales platform. Sign up for an account with tick.ee and sell tickets on a tick.ee mini-site or straight from your own website. Tick.ee offers features such as scan apps, and is easy to set up.

Tick.ee offers a REST API for access to account, ticket and user information. Sample API methods include accounts, events, locations, orders, payment service providers, ticket types, tickets, and users. Authentication is provided via OAuth 2.

topoostopoos API: Topoos offers services for developing location based and context-aware applications. Topoos provides all of the pieces and core features that you need so that you can focus your efforts on creating a great app. Services and features include location and proximity, access to geographic information, user authentication, information storage and more.

Topoos offers a REST API for programmatic access to their services. An API key is required.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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