Today in APIs: Lob’s Printing API, Caringo CloudScaler 2.0, Facebook Page Location API, and 16 NEW APIs

Eric Carter, July 26th, 2013

LobThe Lob API might be the simplest way to integrate printing into applications. Caringo’s CloudScaler 2.0 features Amazon S3 API support. Facebook adds Page Locations API. Plus: SendGrid joins Google Cloud Platform Partner Program, SiteScout rolls out API, Nest potentially opening an API, and 16 new APIs.

Lob’s Printing API for Developers

Lob: Cloud Printing API At its very core, Lob’s lifeblood is an API. The Lob API presents itself as the simplest way to integrate printing into applications. Integrate the Lob API into an application of choice, the application sends an HTTP request to a printing center, and the finished product is delivered to the designated address. With a straightforward and fully integrated billing system, Lob offers printing for the web-based generation.

Caringo Launches CloudScaler 2.0 with Increased Control and API Support

Caringo has released version 2.0 of the CloudScaler gateway. Version 2.0 presents a number of enhancements including increased control, Amazon S3 API support, authentication, and CAStor metering.

Caringo CEO, Mark Goros, commented:

“For many enterprise use cases S3 is not a candidate. Cloud storage service providers want on-demand storage like S3, but still need the performance, security and control of having storage behind their firewall….CloudScaler 2.0 and CAStor empower our customers to build solid and dependable storage services while maintaining control and ensuring content integrity to meet the most demanding cloud storage use case requirements.”

Facebook Adds Page Locations API

Facebook announced a new API that helps manage Facebook Pages that represent real-world store locations. Currently, the Page Locations API supports pages that already work directly with Facebook representatives. Existing locations can show up in a locations tab on the page’s main business, let people check-in to the locations and locate address and hour information.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

16 New APIs

Today we had 16 new APIs added to our API directory including a persistent counting API, a monetized pastebin service, a great britain train fare information service, an online news for zimbabwe service, an internet domain hosting service, a multiplayer real-time application building platform and an order management service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Arbitrary CounterArbitrary Counter API: ArbitraryCounter.com is a persistent counting API used to count arbitrary stuff. The API can count events in an application or website, count user conversions, or create like buttons, amongst other uses. The ArbitraryCounter.com API accepts simple HTTP POST calls and returns JSON formatted responses. Pro accounts are available with private URLs secured with basic authentication.

BinboxBinbox API: Binbox is a pastebin that lets users earn money each time someone visits one of their pastes. All pastes stored with Binbox are encrypted using a password and then decrypted using a special URL that includes the password. In this way, pastes are encrypted and decrypted without the people at Binbox ever knowing the password or the contents of the paste.

The Binbox API allows users to make money through referrals. When others make pastes via the user’s API URL, the user receives a percentage of the earnings from visits to the others’ pastes.

BR FaresBR Fares API: BR Fares is an independent website for exploring the fares offered by train companies in Great Britain without having to specify a route, time, or train. Because the ticketing system is complex, and not all fares are available to the general public, this service is recommended for expert users only. The REST-based API is currently free for low-volume use.

Bulawayo24 NewsBulawayo24 News API: Bulawayo24 is an online news service covering Bulawayo and the rest of Zimbabwe. The Bulawayo24 API allows developers to integrate news into websites and applications. The API is capable of delivering a selection of the latest stories or a specified article.

easyDNSeasyDNS API: EasyDNS is a managed DNS provider that that specializes in domain name registration, DNS hosting, and DNS services. Additional services include security, account management, email, and URL tools.

EasyDNS offers a REST based API for connecting with the easyDNS platform. The API is available for all users with currently active domains or services. API access and documentation is available by request.

GoInstantGoInstant API: GoInstant is a platform for building and managing multiplayer applications. GoInstant provides tools and resources for developers to create and build multiplayer applications for the web.

The GoInstant API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of GoInstant with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing applications, running applications, and managing accounts.

HandshakeHandshake API: Handshake is a service for writing and receiving orders online using an iPad, iPhone, or web browser. Orders sync instantly and are automatically tracked and sorted by item, region, rep, and more. Customer lists and information are managed so that important information, such as order history, is always within easy reach. Handshake even comes with support for barcode scanning.

The Handshake API enables users to integrate Handshake with other applications and services using REST calls issued in XML or JSON.

i>clicker GOi>clicker GO API: The i>clicker is a type of device that helps audiences and presenters interact by letting audience members respond to questions instantly with the press of a button. It was originally conceived as a teaching tool to improve engagement in very large, amphitheater-style classrooms.

i>clicker GO is a web application that provides an alternative to i>clicker devices by allowing students to access i>clicker functions on any device that connects to the internet. The i>clicker GO API allows users to log in, get information on courses that are using the i>clicker, and register for a course.

JSLoggerJSLogger API: JSLogger is a service that monitors websites for errors in the execution of their JavaScript code. It also tracks visitors’ behavior on the websites. All of this information is stored by JSLogger in the cloud, so that users can analyze it at their leisure. JSLogger also provides functions for creating graphs and charts to help analyze the data. Users can keep separate logs for each of their projects and receive daily email updates on each one.

The JSLogger API currently allows users to query their data in the cloud and build applications on top of it. This API uses REST calls issued in JSON format.

Mock ResponseMock Response API: Mock Response is a simple API providing mock HTTP responses for developers. The free API supports HTTP GET/POST calls returning a comprehensive list of error and success responses.

PHF-TRAINPHF-TRAIN API: The TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) is a free service for public health professionals provided by the Public Health Foundation (PHF). TRAIN website users can find and register for courses, earn continuing education units (CEUs), track their online learning with personal transcripts, discuss and review courses, and get notifications on the latest training available for a specified location or area of expertise.

The TRAIN system can be integrated with external learning management systems (LMSs) using SOAP-based APIs.

Sentence RecognitionSentence Recognition API: Sentence Recognition is a natural language processing API for matching strings of text based on their meaning. The API is currently in closed beta testing, and prospective users must register for an API key to join in. The API’s protocol and format are unspecified. Users can email the provider for instructions and examples.

StamplinStamplin API: Stamplin is an API capable of extracting text from image files. Supported formats include PDF, PNG, TIFF, and JPG. Supported text languages include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and ‘simplified Chinese’.
The API supports two methods. The text method extracts text only from PDFs. The ocr method, which requires authentication, analyses images included in PDFs to extract text. Responses are JSON formatted.

Veeva Vault PlatformVeeva Vault Platform API: Veeva Vault Platform is a cloud-based content management system (CMS) built specifically for the life sciences community. Veeva allows users to manage life sciences content.

The Veeva Vault Platform API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Veeva with other applications. Some example API methods include searching content, retrieving content, and managing content.

VidyardVidyard API: Vidyard is a video hosting platform with embedded analytics tools that helps businesses track and monetize video content. Vidyard helps content marketers get the most out of their video assets by providing in-depth data on viewer behavior that can be automatically pushed into marketing automation systems and CRMs.

Vidyard offers their video solutions to developers via a simple REST API. Additional information about the API is available by request.

Washington Post TroveWashington Post Trove API: Trove is a personalization and content engine from Washington Post Labs (WaPo). The Trove API provides basic text analysis services, URL lookup for news articles, and a continuously updated channel of news around any specified topic.
The API supports HTTP GET calls, allowing retrieval of resources, channels, and items. Responses are delivered in JSON format. Call backs are supported via JSONP. A developer key is required.

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