Today In APIs : Scandit, StoryTeller, Photo Hack Day 3 and 18 New APIs

Romin Irani, July 13th, 2012

Scandit ProductAccess a database of 25 million products from an API. Storyteller lets you create a website from any content. Photo Hack Day 3 this weekend in San Francisco. Plus: Fuji snaps a platform developers can monetize, the perfect roadtrip playlist via mashup and 18 New APIs.

Scandit API gives access to 25 Million products

Scandit that provides mobile barcode scanning libraries has released a Product API that gives free access to 25 million products. Scandit’s database is now the largest public UPC-based product database available on the web. The Product API is part of the all-new Community Edition, which also provides Scandit’s leading Barcode Scanner SDK free of charge to developers of consumer apps.

Storyteller allows you to weave stories from Anywhere

Digital Agency Sparkart has launched an interesting product called Storyteller that allows developer to create a website that can consume information from multiple sources on the Internet. Their strategy is to take care of the API plumbing behind the scenes and let the developer focus on aggregating the information. The TechCrunch report detailed how a Bon Jovi website with information combined from YouTube, Tumblr and other sources was built within few minutes. The product is invite-only at the moment and does require basic development skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Facebook Photo Hack Day 3 in San Francisco this weekend

The 3rd edition of Photo Hack Day is scheduled to be held this weekend at the Dropbox headquarters in San Francisco. Photographers, web designers are scheduled to come together, use a variety of Photo APIs and produce the next set of ideas in photography applications. The earlier editions of Photo Hack Day have seen some spectacular results with the last edition in New York saw 250 developers producing 58 hacks. Check out our full coverage here.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

18 New APIs

18 new APIs added to our API directory including a local web marketing service, Australian online payment service, online workspace platform, streaming video platform, email analysis service, digital asset management software and event intelligence platform. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

AdvertoryAdvertory API: Advertory is a local marketing service. They provide separate solutions for enterprises and small to medium sized businesses. For enterprises, Advertory offers search optimization, store and product locators, analytics, and social media integration. For small to medium sized businesses, Advertory offers search optimization, social network integration, and analytics as well, plus customer loyalty programs and local indexing for various search engines. The Advertory API exposes the point-of-sale gateway creation functionality, allowing developers to make scalable and localized sites. The API returns both JSON and XML-formatted data.

Australia Post SecurePayAustralia Post SecurePay API: The service from Australia Post provides credit card processing for e-commerce transactions and bill payments. It handles debit card payments, as well, with integration options based on white-label service and embedded iframes, in addition to API access.

API methods support submission of transaction amount, vendor, and card details (number, expiration date, and CVV code). Methods also support pre-authorization of transaction payments without transfer of funds, as well as voiding pending transactions and and completion of refunds for existing transactions.

Bitrix24Bitrix24 API: Bitrix24 is collaborative workspace for companies. It hosts features that support businesses’ CRM, planning, and project management needs. The workspace includes a public frontpage feed for company-wide dialogue, as well as conversation modules for smaller group meetings. Other modules allow users to keep track of client data, project progress, and building reports. The Bitrix API allows developers to upload client information by exposing the CRM functionality. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON-formatted data.

BookingCenter Booking EngineBookingCenter Booking Engine API: BookingCenter is a maker of property management software. Offering both web based and desktop solutions, BookingCenter software allows users to perform the following tasks: reservations, guest history, group bookings, housekeeping, guest accounting (folios), house accounting (house folios and reporting), night audit and automatic billing, content and security control and more.

The Booking Engine API allows users to access the functionality of the BookingCenter software and integrate it with their existing systems. It is available in both REST and SOAP protocols and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation is available upon signing a non-disclosure agreement.

Click2StreamClick2Stream API: Click2Stream is a video-feed hosting platform. Users partner with Click2Stream for space on their server to host live feeds from their cameras. Their live feed can then be parked on a permanent page on Click2Stream’s website or embed them elsewhere, such as a personal or Facebook page. The Click2Stream API exposes functionalities for data retrieval, camera operations, and presentation customization. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON-formatted data.

Domus Domus API: The Domus API makes the Domus Estate Agent and Letting service available to be included in third party websites. Using the API, users will have full search capabilities of all featured properties with full detail. The API responds to HTTP requests and returns XML. Domus.net has a PHP site to demonstrate the API which is available to see upon request.

FilePickerFilePicker API: Filepicker.io is a tool that allows users to access and upload their content to the cloud both from their local machines as well as online. Developers can use the API to integrate access to cloud servcies within their applications. The Javascript API gives developers the ability to customize the user experience for both choosing and saving files. The Pick files functionality allows users to make their upload forms handle local uploads as well as uploads from services such as Dropbox and Facebook and devices such as webcams. The Save files functionality allows users to save content directly to Dropbox, Google drive, Evernote, or even as an email attachment, rather than downloading it to their local device. The API uses JavaScript protocol. A RESTful interface is available for working with Filepicker.io URLs.

Fujifilm Smart PublishingFujifilm Smart Publishing API: Fujifilm provides an array of film and photo related services and products. The Smart Publishing API is a collection of mobile friendly services offering developers access to Fujifilm's fulfillment network. Developers can easily add cart and checkout to applications using RESTful technologies, providing monetization through Fujifilm's catalog of photo gifts and products.

GeocachingGeocaching API: Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. The Geocaching API enables users to access the data sets and feeds from Geocaching.com. The API operates using the REST protocol and OAuth. In order to use the API, the terms of service must be accepted and a formal request must be submitted to gain access. Advanced developer support is available in the API forum.

Harwich Haven AuthorityHarwich Haven Authority API: Harwich Haven Authority (HHA), an organization based in the UK, is tasked with safeguarding the best natural haven on the east coast of England. Its jurisdiction covers the River Stour, the lower part of the River Orwell, Harwich Harbour and an area to seaward extending 12 nautical miles from the harbor entrance and covering 150 square miles.

The HHA provides services for shipping using the commercial ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Harwich International, Harwich Navyard and Mistley and also boarding and landing services for the rivers Thames, Medway, Blackwater, Colne and Crouch. The HHA provides a web service that lets users access the data kept by the organization. Data includes anchored ships, arrivals, forecasts, tides, traffic and more. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

Logistify LTL RateLogistify LTL Rate API: Logistify is a logistics company that can be used for comparing freight quotes and finding the cheapest LTL shipping rates. Their rater form allows users to get rate quotes from multiple carriers using a single interface. API responses are formatted in JSON. Documentation is provided as sample JSON queries and responses in the form itself. Check it out!

Mailing ReportMailing Report API: The Mailing Report API allows users to sync the Mailing Report service with existing CRM, e-commerce systems, CMS, and customer databases. The API is accessible using HTTP/HTTPS GET and POST requests. With this API, users can manage contacts, email campaigns, mailing lists, among other functions.

NASA Astrophysics Data SystemNASA Astrophysics Data System API: The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS), operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics.The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 9.6 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.

The ADS maintains a list of links to relevant resources for each of the bibliographic records in its database. These resources include:

* Location of the fulltext article via DOI and/or OpenURL links
* List of works referenced in the original article (references), given in the form of either a list of ADS records or as a link to the publisher’s reference list
* List of works that cite the record in question (citations or “forward links”), given in the form of a list of records that ADS was able successfully identify
* Readership statistics and co-readership-based user recommendations

The ADS also maintains an archive of the historical content of all the astronomical publications. The archive consists of 500,000 articles covering more than 3.5 million scanned pages. Each page has been OCRed and are searchable through the ADS fulltext query search form. The API gives users access to the ADS archive via RESTful calls.

NetXposureNetXposure API: NetXposure is a provider of Digital Asset Management(DAM) software offered in both on premise and cloud based models. The software offers extensive functionality including search, automatic indexing, and saved searches, granular targeting, faceted search, publishing, collaborating, sharing and syndicating and video management. The API allows developers to integrate the software with their own websites and applications. Custom processes can be created that push and pull data between the systems. It uses REST and SOAP protocol and responses can be formatted in XML, JSON and RSS.

PingPingPingPing API: PingPing is a mobile payment system that allows users to purchase products and services with their mobile phones. The PingPing API allows users to add a PingPing payment button to merchant websites. The API enables 1 click shopping verified through text messages to the user. Technical documentation is available upon request. Documentation is available upon request.

RadioPingRadioPing API: RadioPing is a directory service for internet radio stations. The RadioPing API provides radio information to users. The API integration provides continually updated radio station information, arranged by location and genre, as well as the reliability and popularity for each radio station. RadioPing is offered as a RESTful web service that returns XML. An API Key can be obtained once a license contract has been completed, but a free public key is available for developers as a demo.

Ventata Dynamic PricingVentata Dynamic Pricing API: Ventata offers dynamic pricing software that looks to maximize a user's profits through real-time pricing. When a user sells a product, Ventata uses machine learning to slightly adjust the price until arriving at the price that makes them the most profit. The API can be used to integrate dynamic pricing on a user's website or application. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

ZeristaZerista API: Zerista is a data-management service for event planners. It provides a suite of tools for organizers and exhibitors to organize their planning and maximize the value of the information in those stages. Its features include directories and profiles for the event’s participants, social and private communication channels, scheduling, social media integration, and more. The Zerista API exposes functionalities to all of those categories. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON and XML data.

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