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Desktop word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, features powerful spelling and grammar tools that help writers catch mistakes. Thanks to standards-based web services, online word processing tools are starting to catch up to the desktop competition. Two APIs, Wordnik and After the Deadline, give developers powerful new tools to aid writers with spelling, context, and grammar.
The internet is full of videos that teach how to use complex software, like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro. Why not use the same technique for teaching how to use an API? Younger developers, who grew up in the age of these video tutorials, find this format especially useful. These types of videos do not have to have high production costs – they simply require screen capture and voice-over.
ReelSurfer has been capitalizing on our short attention spans when it comes to watching online videos. ReelSurfer is an application that lets anyone clip and share any video from any website. Users can then compile and organize clips into a larger "Reel." Earlier this week, ReelSurfer announced the beta ReelSurfer API that allows users to embed video clips into any website or app. Developers can now add applicable video clips to their apps and websites without the hassle of editing out video irrelevant to their content.