New Web APIs: Adobe and Autodesk

A quick update on two new notable APIs in our directory, one from Adobe and the other from Autodesk. Here's an overview:

  • Adobe on AIR API: In what's probably the first API created as part of a product marketing tour, the folks at Adobe have created the Bus API to allow mashup development around this summer's "on AIR" bus tour for AIR. What is AIR? "The Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), previously referred to by its code-name of "Apollo", is a cross-operating system runtime that allows web developers to leverage their existing web development skills (such as Flash, Flex, HTML and JavaScript) to build and deploy web applications and content to the desktop." Their developer page also offers a wide variety of AIR tour related feeds including location feeds (in KML, GPX and JSON), Flickr image feeds and Twitter feeds.
  • Autodesk Freewheel API: This is a JavaScript API for viewing Autodesk CAD files over the web. As Autodesk describes it is "an Ajax based web service/application built to provide CAD model viewing, printing and collaboration, through the dynamic rendering of DWF file data and graphics information. You can think of Freewheel as a set of componentized Web Services and JavaScript frameworks. Together these components make up the Interactive Ajax DWF Viewer."

Be sure to read the next API article: New APIs: Games, Shopping and the Bible


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