Today in APIs: New TextMaster API, Facebook "want" button and 22 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom
Jul. 04 2012, 02:45PM EDT

TextMaster announces a translation, copywriting, and proofreading API. Facebook code shows evidence of potential "want" button. Plus: Amazon provides more detail into the causes of its recent service outage.

TextMaster Adds an API For Its Translation, Copywriting, And Proofreading Platform

TextMaster has recently released an API that will provide integration options for their copywriting, proofreading, and translation services. The company has already processed over 6.5 million words for more than 2,000 customers and hopes that the eventual creation of applications that leverage their services could strengthen these numbers.

Facebook “want” Button Code Discovered by Developer

Last week developer Tom Waddington discovered Facebook code that points toward the possible creation of a “Want” button. It is yet to be seen what Facebook might have planned for this addition. However, within the code there is evidence that the button would provide e-commerce options such as buy or donate.

Thunder and Lightning Bugs; The AWS Outage

When lightning struck over the weekend and the Amazon Web Services data centers went down, it should not have been as big of a problem as it was. Like any system of that magnitude,
fail-safes are in place to prevent untimely service interruptions. However, a software bug in Amazon’s cloud systems, prevented these fail-safes from operating properly, leading to prolonged downtime.

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22 New APIs

Today we had 22 new APIs added to our API directory including a australian postal service, cloud-based hotel management platform, direct mail marketing service, web-based text messaging service, delivery address search and information service, u.k. classified ad service, social network creation service, social networking service, application backend service, musicians' social network, mobile advertising service, worldwide crowdsourced geocoded address service, online photography management service, images-to-mosaic webtool, screenshot history collection, u.k. postal code location service, u.k. geocoded location information, customer reward service, cad and 3d design collaboration tool, cryptocoin exchange platform , user data storage and analysis platform, information management services for educational organizations, . Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Australia PostAustralia Post API: The service provides postal delivery to locations in Australia. Integrations are available to review and specify delivery options, calculate postage cost, and complete payment for delivered purchases.

API methods support listing and specification for available delivery services, based on the sender and recipient location with address validation, delivery date and time, and other specifications. Methods also support calculation of shipping cost based on options chosen. The SecurePay API manages collection of funds for purchases and payment to the sender.

ClerkClerk API: Clerk is a cloud-based hotel management system. It offers a variety of plans to meet different-sized hotels’ needs. Clerk’s plans include several tools for room and reservation management. These tools are exposed on a dashboard for hoteliers to store customer accounts, keep track of billing, and more. Their API can integrate with other desktop of web based business software. It exposes search functions for room and other basic information about a hotel. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON and XML-formatted data.

Direct Mail ManagerDirect Mail Manager API: Direct Mail Manager is a direct mail marketing service. Business can employ the service to provide their audience with marketing postcards. The Direct Mail Manager system integrates with users’ business software, such as a CRM database and payment solutions software. The Manager itself comes with a dashboard and reporting functions for campaign assessment. Their API is a REST-based way for business to import or retrieve customer information, and is designed for software integrative purposes. All responses are returned in XML.

DotgoDotgo API: Dotgo is a mobile publishing technology. It is a markup language for creating custom text messaging services. Users can create messages, keywords, schedules, and more to automate text-messaging communications with their audience. The API exposes integrative functions of the service, allowing developers to connect Dotgo’s publishing technologies with business’s content management systems, web sites, and more. It is a RESTful API that returns XML-encoded data.

ePostcodeePostcode API: The service provides an address search service that returns a standard delivery address and unique identifier for a specified shipping address. It also provides street names and identifiers in a specified area, the distance between specified postal codes, and geographic information for the area of a specified postal code.

API methods support submission of an address string, with returned data resolving that input to a unique identifier and standard version of the delivery address. Methods also support searching for street names and other geographic information in a postal code. Distance between postal codes is also available.

Friday-AdFriday-Ad API: The service posts classified ads for private sales of a wide range of items and services and across a long list of locations within the U.K. It provides an interactive form for specifying product categories, locations, display formats, and other variables, then generates iframe code to be inserted on another website. SOAP APIs also provide integration possibilities.

API methods support retrieval of information about products advertised, sellers placing ads, and locations served. Methods also return categories within the service that provide the best match for a free-text keyword submitted with the request.

Grou.psGrou.ps API: Grou.ps is a service that allows users to create their own social networks. Grou.ps allows organizations, companies, schools, and other groups create their own private social networks to keep their employees, students, members connected.

The Grou.ps API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Grou.ps with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, managing user information, and retrieving network information.

HachiHachi API: Hachi is a social networking service that allows users to connect with people from a variety of other social networking services, as well as meeting and connecting with new people from their social and business circles.

The Hachi API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Hachi with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email info@gohachi.com for API access.

iKnodeiKnode API: iKnode is a backend-as-a-service platform. iKnode allows users to create backend applications for either web or mobile.

The iKnode API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of iKnode with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, retrieving space information, and accessing user information.

Indaba MusicIndaba Music API: Indaba Music is a network for musicians. It is a network that enables collaboration and discussion for musicians at any point of their career. Artists can post their own material for comments and advice, or listen to and provide feedback for others. Their API exposes Indaba’s functions for posting content and initiating meetings, recording sessions, and more. It is a RESTful API that returns XML, JSON, and PLIST-formatted data.

MobFoxMobFox API: MobFox is an independent mobile advertising service. It provides services for publishers and for advertisers. Through their network of both, MobFox finds targeted outlets for businesses’ marketing campaigns. Businesses’ advertisements can be integrated with a numerous applications and websites. The MobFox API exposes the reporting data retrieval and remote account management functions. It is a RESTful API that returns XML-formatted data.

OpenGeocodingOpenGeocoding API: The service intends to accumulate address and geocoding information for locations worldwide via a participatory contributions by users. It crowdsources geocoded address data, such as postal addresses matched to location coordinates, then it gives web-based access to the repository for applications worldwide, focused especially on serving developing countries.

API methods support retrieval of data upon request specifying, country code, province, city, district, and street. Data inputs are invited via bulk upload.

OpenPhotoOpenPhoto API: The OpenPhoto Project is a web-based tool for aggregating and centralizing personal photos. It is an open source project that allows users to retrieve all of their photos from photo hosting sites like Flickr and Picasa, and store them in one personal online location. Once all the pictures are located and moved to a central storage place, they are also backed up. Their API is REST-based and exposes the OpenPhoto’s file organization functions. It returns JSON-formatted data.

Print Mosaic Print Mosaic API: PrintMosaic is image creation tool. It creates mosaics out of users picture collections. First, users upload their library of images to the website. Then, they specific an image that would like to recreate using all of the images they uploaded. The API exposes PrintMosaic’s entire functionality by allowing developers to upload a batch of images and specify the image they would like to create a mosaic of through a RESTful protocol. The API will return JSON-encoded data of the mosaics progress and URL.

Screenshots.comScreenshots.com API: Screenshots.com provides collections of screenshots from around the Internet. Their automated system monitors web pages for visual changes and captures new images of each change. This provides them with an extensive collection of the change of a website’s visual presence over time. Users can add their sites to the Screenshots.com capturing queue, and search for images by keyword or domain name. The Screenshots.com API exposes the image collection to developers and allows them to display selections on their web sites. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON-formatted data.

Shoothill PostcodeShoothill Postcode API: The service provides latitude/longitude location for a specified U.K. postal code. The coordinates are supplied in format suitable for online mapping or use in distance calculations between pairs of postal codes.

API methods support submission of a U.K. postal code in the Ordnance Survey's Code-Point(R) format. Returned data provide a Boolean indicator of retrieval success, and if successful a latitude-longitude pair formatted according to the WGS84 coordinate system.

SignalFire PostcodeSignalFire Postcode API: The service provides geocoded location information for a specified U.K. postal code. Also available is a reverse geocoding service that supplies postal code geocoding information for a location in the U.K. specified by latitude and longitude.

API methods support lookup of location information based on submission of a U.K. postcode as a string including the standard space. Methods also support the reverse process, with submission of latitude and longitude strings to retrieve a postal code and related geocoding information.

SocialStockSocialStock API: SocialStock is an application for brands and places to reward their customers. SocialStock allows users to connect their social networking accounts and earn rewards for buying products, visiting stores, and being a customer.

The SocialStock API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of SocialStock with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://beta.socialstock.com/apiaccess/.

SunglassSunglass API: Sunglass is a cloud-based CAD and 3D design tool. Sunglass offers users tools for collaboration with other users for designing and building 3D objects.

The Sunglass API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Sunglass with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://www.sunglass.io/demo/apiaccess.html

VicurexVicurex API: Vicurex is an exchange platform for bitcoins and other cryptocoins, such as devcoins, namecoins, and more. Vicurex hosts an exchange rate platform for USD and Euro comparisons with the cryptocoin currencies. Users can exchange USD and Euros for the cryptocoins or cryptocoins. Vircurex provides APIs for executing transactions and retrieving information about them. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON and XML-formatted data.

WibiDataWibiData API: WibiData is platform that allows websites and companies to store and analyze all of their user data from across their websites and applications.

The WibiData API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of WibiData with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with user accounts. Interested developers should sign up here: http://www.wibidata.com/product/get-wibidata/.

WiseNETWiseNET API: WiseNET is an information management solutions provider for registered training organizations based in Australia and New Zealand. They help vocational training institutions grow their business with information technology that supports educational programs and customer/student relations. They offer a range of products, including cloud-based financial workflow streamlining, customer satisfaction surveys, professional consultation, and more. WiseNET’s API is REST-based and exposes their data posting and retrieval functionality. It returns XML and JSON-formatted data.

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