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Sixteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Weather, Entertainment, and Internet of Things. Highlights include a developer tool for automated PDF creation and APIs for weather reports designed to target and engage users. Take a look at what else is new.
PDFfiller releases API 2.0 - a platform for embedding the ability to edit, host and sign PDF documents into an app or company website. The new solution incorporates PDFfiller’s editor and signature manager into applications built with PHP, JS and Java clients.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Music, and Games. Highlights today include the GetBadges API for gamification servicesand the Linkfire API for deeplinking apps to music retailers. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
This article is part of a 10-part series where we discuss interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2016. Business and Productivity APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
Vitrium has recently announced the release of its Application Programming Interface (API) for its popular document security solution, Protectedpdf. The new API will allow developers to integrate their software and workflows with Vitrium’s DRM and document encryption software.
We've added 6 APIs to the directory today in PDF and Japanese categories, among others. Also added to the directory, some client libraries for use with the Twilio and Fitbit APIs.
An upcoming PDF Liberation Hackathon is aimed at raising developers' skills in unlocking data from PDF sources. The hackathon will be held onsite in Washington D.C. and in San Francisco on Jan. 17 - 19, 2014, while international developers can also compete remotely. ProgrammableWeb spoke with organizer Marc Joffe about how API-focused developers can participate.
For the developer seeking to experiment efficiently with social APIs, O'Reilly's 2nd Edition of "Mining the Social Web" is a truly outstanding resource. Author Matthew A. Russell drops the developer right into the sandbox of each social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ are particularly emphasized, as you would expect) with just the right amount of explanation about what's accessible via each dataset, and then clears out all the obstacles so they can start data mining against very clear examples.
API management platform 3scale has released a new ebook targeting business leaders looking to understand the commercial advantage of an API business strategy.
WhatsOnMyBookshelf is an online book trading application that makes it possible for users to exchange books using a simple point system. For avid readers who have rapidly growing collections of books they've already read, this is a clever little app to help them get their hands on new reads without having to spend any actual cash. WhatsOnMyBookshelf also provides the WhatsOnMyBookshelf API that provides access to this functionality.
For snap-happy smartphone and tablet users, having somewhere to store their treasured pics is probably very appealing. Photo books have been a trendy favourite for a while now, and Printzel is an app-powered platform that allows users to create their own printed photo books directly from their mobile and tablet devices. The company also provides the Printzel API that now makes it possible for developers to offer printed books from their own applications.
Ebook Glue creates simple publishing tools that ease the process of readying content for electronic reading devices. Its flagship product, the Ebook Glue API, constitutes a straightforward tool that converts content to an ebook that its easily read on an ereader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android device, etc.). As long as the content can be sent over HTTP, Ebook Glue can convert content to an ebook.
In a similar way that SoundCloud provides a creative and social outlet for aspiring and established musicians, so Wattpad provides an exciting tool that connects talented writers with a community of keen readers. It's an application created for web and mobile, facilitating a world-wide community that shares and discovers stories in an online, social environment. Wattpad's API opens up further possibilities, providing developers with access to this functionality and allowing them to integrate it with other applications or create new ones.
Before 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.
iDreamBooks, book review aggregator, deems itself the "rottentomatoes.com for books." iDreamBooks searches reviews across media outlets and compiles the data to a single, comprehensive repository of review. iDreamBooks offers developers access to the reviews through the iDreamBooks API.
Flexpaper is an open source document viewer--and it is beautiful. The Flexpaper API lets you incorporate your publications into other applications. Flexpaper works on virtually any device and is, no surprise here, flexible. It can display in HTML, HTML5, Adobe Flash or any combination of these.
The ProgrammableWeb API directory now includes 15 Bible APIs. With the majority of these APIs offering a verse lookup service, it is clear that developers have many options for retrieving this content. The Sermon Browser API is our latest addition to the directory and strives to offer an expansive collection of versions and languages of Bible text.
The API for this English-language news hub for Anime and Magna provides a direct news feed for the site's encyclopedia data, that is stored in XML format. The Anime News Network Encylopedia API provides both top level reports on titles and then drills down to provide details on them, for up to 50 requests at a time.