Today in APIs: Google Maps Launches Embed API, and 5 New APIs

Google Maps makes inserting maps into websites even easier with the Embed API. Crane Merchandizing Systems launches an API for vending machines. Plus: Nest opens its API, APISpark 2.0 is released, and 5 new APIs.

Google Maps in Your Website: There's an API for That!

Google Maps has long had the ability to be integrated into websites. But some sites need multiple maps, requiring repeated generation, which can be a hassle.

As Google posters Ben Greenwood and Ken Hoetmer point out on the Geo Developers Blog, now they have made the process even easier:

Today we're making this easier by launching the Google Maps Embed API, giving developers the ability to generate HTML snippets that embed Google Maps within their own website. Using the API to take control of your embedded maps, you can now effortlessly customize the location and appearance of the map with a handful of simple URL parameters.

For example, our friends at the Guggenheim in New York are using the Google Maps Embed API, allowing visitors to save the location to Google Maps directly from the website. Visitors can then quickly plan their day and navigate to the museum by pulling up their saved places on any device with Google Maps.

Google also plans to update Classic Google Maps fora consistent look and feel.

Crane Merchandising Systems Launches API for its Vending Machines

The vending machine business is all about tracking inventory. The more accurately it is tracked and the closer to real time that the data is delivered, the better the refills—and the customer service—gets. Crane Merchandising's new API eliminates the need to enter the data twice, in some cases wiping out hours of data entry per week.

According to Tim Sanford writing in Vending Times,

The purpose of the API is to allow VendMax vending operator customers who also run micromarkets to integrate the information supplied by their self-checkout markets with the data being collected from vending machines. As a result, VendMax can deliver a consolidated view of sales and warehouse inventory without the need to enter data twice.

With a consolidated reporting feature, performance is much more easily evaluated. Developed by Streamware with customer input, the API integrates with any standard of custom micromarket software.

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5 New APIs

Today we had 5 new APIs added to our API directory including a mmorpg item information service, a Flash game provider, a mastercoin transaction verification service and an it asset management service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

A3 UltimateA3 Ultimate API: A3 Ultimate is an online Platform from which A3 players can perform in-game tasks. A3 - short for Art, Alive, Attraction - is an MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game). The A3 Ultimate REST API allows users to access the game's crafting guide, item options, and item information system programmatically. The API is still under development, and additional features and improvements are expected.

CrazyGamesCrazyGames API: CrazyGames is a flash game provider that provides a variety of games across categories from shooting and puzzles to action and driving. The CrazyGames API allows users to incorporate flash games into their website or blog. Users can access the API by copy and pasting a small HTML snippet, which will then load the correct file(s) to display the game.

MasterchainMasterchain API: Masterchain is the collective ledger of all mastercoin transaction. Individuals who partake in the purchase and trade of the mastercoin crypto-currency utilize the masterchain to verify ownership of mastercoins, transact, and store mastercoins. The Masterchain API uses REST calls and returns JSON. Users can make calls to get a trade ID, get an address for delivery or receipt, and check the currency exchange rate.

OomnitzaOomnitza API: Oomnitza is an IT asset management service that allows users to manage assets in the cloud and access information on those assets from any mobile device or web browser. Oomnitza users can perform an inventory of all their IT assets, modify existing assets, track assets across multiple users and locations, push updates, and create service requests. Oomnitza comes with an advanced permissions system to control access to important data and functions.

SecureshipSecureship API: Secureship is a shipping service that allows users to easily create a shipment, select a delivery service, arrange for pick-up, and print the necessary documents. Users can store frequently-used addresses in an online address book. Available shipping services can be compared by delivery date and shipping cost, which is often reduced when paid through Secureship. Users can then print their documents and schedule the pick-up time and date for their package.