Today in APIs: Google+ Upgrades API, Startup Cloudbase.io Focuses on Multi-platform via a Single API, and 10 New APIs

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Aug. 16 2013, 02:00PM EDT

Google has opened up the Google+ API, which allows developers to integrate Google+ with third party apps as well as Google Apps environments. Cloudbase.io recently launched with the goal of simplifying multi-platform mobile app development through a single shared API. Plus: activeCollab Launches API and 10 new APIs.

Google+ API Opened Up for Google Apps and Third Party Developers

The Google+ API started a Beta program earlier this year. Now, Google has opened the API to the public so developers can integrate Google+ with both Google Apps environments as well as third party apps. Google+ has struggled in its competition with Facebook and other popular social networks. However, Google’s broad launch of its API shows dedication to Google+ and could potentially open up a new set of users now that developers across the spectrum can integrate the platform.

Cloudbase.io Encourages Mobile Developers to Concentrate on App Development, Not Integration

Startup Cloudbase.io understands that cross-platform compatibility inevitably causes go to market issues as a mobile app gets close to launch. Cloudbase.io relieves that pain with its Shared API. The RESTful API allows developers to make a single call, and a notification is sent to all mobile devices (regardless of platform). If developers want more granular control of notifications, the API can segment into separate channels as well.

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10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a travel booking service, a task and project management service, a parking accounting service, an online form building service, a team collaboration service and an event database and calendar service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

GTA XMLGTA XML API: GTA-Travel is a global travel product provider that has sourced a broad portfolio of accommodation options, transfer services, city tours, tour guides, excursions, restaurants, and over 45,000 vendors in 185 countries. The GTA XML API allows travel vendors to access the GTA database of travel content for reservation systems or third-party websites and applications. The services uses REST calls and returns XML. An account is required with service.

HiTaskHiTask API: HiTask provides task and project management services for individuals and businesses. It is designed to have an intuitive interface so that users can start creating, scheduling, and assigning tasks right away. The service uses a simple drag-and-drop interface to assign and modify tasks. Tasks can be grouped by date, project, or team member. HiTask also provides file sharing and time management services, and users can get progress reports on individual projects and tasks.

The HiTask API provides remote access to all normal HiTask operations so that they can be integrated into other systems and applications. The API can also be used to import and export data from HiTask, allowing users to create custom reports.

IntegraPark PARISIntegraPark PARIS API: IntegraPark offers a suite of services designed for the parking industry. The company provides billing and receivables services, a revenue management system, a cloud-based revenue control application, a meter bagging scheduler, and a full service management system. The IntegraPark PARIS API allows users to access monthly parker information in mobile applications including: permit number, license plate information, reserved space number, parker space provision, and other calls. Contact IntegraPark for detailed API information.

JotFormJotForm API: JotForm is an online form builder that allows users to create and manage forms for websites without coding. Forms created in JotForm can be customized and personalized for different form needs.

The JotForm API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of JotForm with other applications and websites. Some example API methods include managing forms, managing form data, and viewing form reports.

SiastoSiasto API: Siasto is a team collaboration and project management service. Siasto allows teams to work together and collaborate on Siasto with various features, including project management, workflow management, and team communication tools.

The Siasto API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Siasto with other applications. Some example API methods include managing users, managing teams, and managing project information.

TimeShoutTimeShout API: TimeShout is a event database designed to promote local events through sharing capability and visitor participation, all through community input. The service includes calendars, public submissions, event sharing, as well as event booking and registration. The TimeShout API allows users to use REST calls to get events, event lists, get occurrences, get venue information, get profiles, and get calendars. An API key is required with service.

The API currently has limited beta functionality open to the public.

Uploads.imUploads.im API: Uploads.im is a simple image uploading web service. Users may upload an unlimited number of images to be stored on the server indefinitely. The Uploads.im API allows third party applications to upload images. The API accepts HTTP GET or POST calls and returns JSON(P), XML, or TEXT formatted responses.

VeroVero API: Vero helps users run behavioral email campaigns, which send emails to customers based on their actions. Some situations that the service has been preconfigured to respond to include customers leaving the checkout without buying a product in their cart, customers not returning to the site in more than 30 days, and customers signing up without inputting a key metric. Vero users can also create their own situationally appropriate responses from scratch.

VideoliciousVideolicious API: Videolicious is a video and HD video creation application. Users can make videos from various content and video clips with Videolicious.

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

YounityYounity API: Younity is a cloud-based application that stores and automatically syncs all uploaded files and content across multiple devices. Users can upload and store documents, videos, music, and more to Younity and access from any connected device.

The Younity API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Younity with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact Younity for more information.

Eric Carter Eric is the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+

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