This week we had 58 new APIs added to our API directory including a contour mapping service, text marketing service, mobile and tablet publishing and content service, telecom information applications and airport flight connection instruction service. In addition we covered an API to embed maps in your applications. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Of the many APIs we published this week, fifteen were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those fifteen, which included the The Xchangeonline API. The Xchangeonline API is a tool that provides developers with currency conversion and rounding functionalities that can be integrated into their applications. Developers simply request the URL, specifying the desired function, the amount, the current currency, the desired currency, and of course their API key. The service can convert between 100 different currencies worldwide with the option of more currencies given a more expensive plan.
Skobbler uses the free editable OpenStreetMap to create apps such as GPS Navigation 2, and ForeverMap that provides maps offline that work when you can’t be online. The company has just released the Skobbler tiles API. Compatible with popular frameworks like Leaflet, OpenLayers and Google Maps API v3, its API allows you access to its tile server and to embed maps in your applications.
Amazon announces finalists of 2012 AWS Start-Up Challenge and sets the stage for the Finale. IKANOW provides Big Data API to analyse your big data sources. Plus: Layer 7 unveils APIfy to deliver API management via Cloud Services, non-profit API for TV and Movie Data and 11 new APIs.
December starts tomorrow and brings with it the upcoming holiday season. Before we dive headfirst into the final month of the year, let’s take a look back at November and the best mashups that we didn’t catch the first time around. This group of mashups include a social content discovery site, shopping price comparison, business traveler information and a keyword research tool. For more information keep reading below.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 18 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Bing Maps Geocode Dataflow, Google Page Speed Online, Postmark, RoboWhois, SEOmoz and WebKnox. The most often used APIs this week are Bing Maps, Bing Maps Geocode and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (7 APIs, 8 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Internet (3 APIs, 3 mashups).
It used to be you could change anything layered on top of a map, but you couldn’t change the underlying map itself. Now you have several options for changing the color palette and the visibility of different objects that make up your base map. The options vary on the amount you can customize and how much work is required. But all three of these APIs can have you map scripting with style.
When we search for information on a map we tend to be searching to find where something is now. But, what if you wanted to find out where something used to be? What businesses used to be located at a particular address? Where did somebody used to live? Where did all the blacksmiths used to hang out? If you are interested in find out that information there’s now a solution: AddressingHistory. AddressingHistory is a recently launched web app and API that provides access to historical data consisting of digitised Scottish post office directories combined with maps from the same time period.