Today in APIs: Agile CRM Launches an API, and 15 New APIs

Greg Bates, December 17th, 2013

Agile CRMAgile CRM launches API to integrate its customer relationship management features into apps. Wurl video streaming service launches API . Plus: API evolution through hypermedia APIs, Orange Chef Company secures $1.2 million in seed funding, and 15 new APIs.

Agile CRM for Small Business Launches API

Need to get going with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system fast? Agile CRM has just launched an API to bring its features and data to third party apps. The entire platform has a game change feel about it.

Agile CRM’s customers will tell you that the time it takes to set up is ridiculous. What do I mean by ridiculous? Take Gary Tramer, Head of Strategy at WebReception, who claims that, “Within 20 minutes we had customised the CRM, sent out a complex outbound email campaign and are already converting our leads. Insane!” These people are out to challenge the speed of light.


As the documentation specifies, this is an HTTPS-only API. They have both Java and PHP clients. Responses are in JSON and XML.  The API is actually a suite of 3 APIs, one for contacts, deals and notes. Pricing starts at free for 250 contacts and 500 emails with one campaign, and moves up from $14.99/month per user based on number of contacts, emails and campaigns.

Agile CRM’s API joins 124 APIs related to CRM in our API directory.

White-Label Service Wurl Video Launches Streaming API

Wurl scans the web for free professionally-produced videos, ads them to their index, and provides the content as a white label service. The API uses JSON and adheres to the siren hypermedia format.

The API documentation covers a broad range of issues, from video playback to watch lists. Wurl curates video programming bundles for end user ease of use. Developers can create search and browse interfaces, play any video and offer rich metadata from their own branded app.

The service does not index or stream user-generate content or pirated videos.

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15 New APIs

Today we had 15 new APIs added to our API directory including a customer relationship management service for small businesses, a customizable placeholder text generator, a battlefield 4 game statistics service, a cloud-based server creation and management and a t-shirt design interface. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Agile CRMAgile CRM API: Agile CRM is a customer relationship management (CRM) service geared toward small businesses. It helps users manage individual contacts using tags, a lead scoring system, event tracking, and timelines. Users can implement automated campaigns across multiple channels (e.g. email, phone, social networks). Agile CRM’s analytics and sentiment-tracking services can tell the user what’s working and what isn’t. Agile CRM is able to integrate with other websites and apps using plug-ins or its API.

Any IpsumAny Ipsum API: Any Ipsum is an API designed to enable developers to build customized placeholder text. Developers simply pass an HTTP GET call specifying the number of paragraphs as well as a keyword from which Any Ipsum will generate the needed text.

BF4 StatsBF4 Stats API: BF4 (Battlefield 4) is an online, multiplayer game created by EA and available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. BF4 Stats is a website that allows BF4 players to view their game statistics online. These stats come from BF4 Battlelog, a social website for BF4. The BF4 Stats API allows users to retrieve information from the site’s database. The API is a work in progress with more features to come.

City Cloud City Network Control PanelCity Cloud City Network Control Panel API: City Cloud provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) in the form of virtual servers. Users can choose their own hardware profiles and operating systems, paying by the hour for whatever resources they allocate. Servers can be created in as little as 30 seconds and can scale up or down as needed.

The City Network Control Panel is the interface through which which City Cloud users can create and manage their servers, users, and groups. The SOAP APIs available through the Control Panel give developers programmatic control over authentication, online backup, the City Cloud service, and their own server’s users, accounts, invoices, settings, etc.

Design 'N' BuyDesign ‘N’ Buy API: Design ‘N’ Buy is a product customization service. The T-shirt Design Software, provided by Design ‘N’ Buy is an online turnkey e-Commerce solution with full integration with the Magento eCommerce CE platform. It allows users to create custom t-shirt designs within minutes with text, clipart and images. Users can then share it with a friend, save unlimited number of designs in their user account and more. The API allows admin features giving users over the store, order management and fulfillment, marketing activities and other features. The integration also features ready to print output files in PDF and JPG format and integrated real-time shipping rates from UPS, UPS XML, FedEx, USPS and DHL.

Dino IpsumDino Ipsum API: Dino Ipsum is a dinosaur themed placeholder text generator. Dino Ipsum is available to developers through a free RESTful API. Developers specify a format, the number of paragraphs, and the number of words per paragraph, and the API responds with the needed placeholder text. The API also supports CORS requests, allowing developers to pull data directly from Dino Ipsum with a cross-domain Ajax request.

FedBrainFedBrain API: FedBrain is a an economic data aggregator. The FedBrain data is acquired from public domain sources, such as the CIA, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the U.S. Federal Reserve Banks. The Country-by-country economic data is updated once per year and the U.S. Federal Reserve data is updated every 2 hours, every day of the year. An account is required with service, and API key is used for authentication, and the API is currently free to use. The API uses REST calls.

Game of IpsumGame of Ipsum API: Game of Ipsum is a Game of Thrones themed placeholder text generator. The Game of Ipsum API exposes this functionality. The RESTful API allows developers to specify the number of paragraphs and the percent of Latin words. The API delivers JSON or HTML formatted text.

json-lipsumjson-lipsum API: Json-lipsum is a simple API, unofficially powered by lipsum.com, for programmatically generating JSON-formatted placeholder text. The API is able to specify the number of segments, the type of segments (paragraphs, lists, etc.), the language, and optionally the callback function.

Schematic IpsumSchematic Ipsum API: Schematic Ipsum is a placeholder text generator accessible through a simple API. Schematic Ipsum allows developers to specify fields and the form the text within those fields will take. For example, the API can generate a list of names or structured user profiles. In addition to text the API supports the generation of fake dates and times, color codes, phone numbers, URLs, and email addresses.

SchmipsumSchmipsum API: Schmipsum is a placeholder text generator that uses Markov Chains to randomly produce text. Schmipsum pulls its text from multiple public domain sources. The Schmipsum API allows developers to automate this functionality. Developers can specify the source and word count.

Science IpsumScience Ipsum API: Science Ipsum is a science themed placeholder text generator. The service is exposed through a simple API. Developers simply specify the number of paragraphs, and optionally the number of words per paragraph, and the API returns the requested text.

trollem ipsumtrollem ipsum API: Trollem ipsum creates placeholder text built to troll various demographics. Users specify one of trollem ipsum’s predefined personality types, such as Apple Fanboy or Microsoft Apologist, and one of three text lengths. The service responds with themed dummy text. Trollem ipsum exposes this functionality through a simple API. Developers place a simple HTTP call using keywords to specify a personality type and a length option. The API delivers JSON formatted text.

WurlWurl API: Wurl is a video streaming service designed to provide app-makers with access to high-quality video from publishers around the world. Wurl scans the internet for free, professionally-produced content to add to their index. They don’t collect either user-generated or pirated videos. Wurl is a white-label service, which allows app-makers to deliver content from their own platforms, under their own brands. The Wurl API allows developers to set up browse and search interfaces, retrieve video metadata, and play videos through their apps.

YieldkitYieldkit API: Yieldkit is an asset and website monetization service that works through both companies and an affiliate network. The Yieldkit API uses Javascript, allows for more advanced integration, and is designed for big websites with special integration needs, Content Networks, Traffic Networks, Mobile Apps, Cashback Systems and Coupon Sites. An account is required with service, and an API key is used for authentication.

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