As pharmacy retail giant Walgreens has announced a new revenue sharing program that rewards in-app developers using its QuickPrints API with a bigger slice of the customer pie, we take a closer look at the business model behind the API.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, continues to add to its list of supported APIs. Its latest additions include some of the most prevalent names in image sharing: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa and Instagram. The image newcomers to the Appy Pie portfolio allow developers to share images in realtime with users.
Photo APIs have long been a staple of developer applications. There are more than 350 photo APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory and almost 800 photo mashups. However, most applications integrate with photo sharing services, like the Flickr API and Instagram API, missing the real power of photo APIs. This post identifies four ways that APIs are getting smart by using image recognition technology to find faces, words and more.
Kodak has launched a developer program that delivers an API to enable printing to retail locations. Mobile app developers can integrate the free API into photo-centric apps and print directly to Kodak’s partner retailers. Currently, Bartell Drugs and Target represent the two US retailers to whom the API can point. In Europe, dm-drogerie sits as the first retail partner. Kodak envisions expanding its retail partner base so app developers can print everything from cards to calendars at over 100,000 locations around the world.
CanvasPop’s new Photo Printing API has already won the hearts and minds of big name photo and image partners like 500px, East Coast pixels (creators of the Photo Toaster app) and Selfless Portraits. Now, any web or mobile developer can integrate the photo-to-canvas printing API into their service delivery and automate canvas printing direct to the end-customer.
Image Searcher, Inc., an image recognition and mobile search technology company, has announced the public release of the Image Searcher Image Recognition API which leverages the same technology used to power the CamFind and TapTapSee applications. CamFind is a visual mobile search app and TapTapSee is an app designed for the blind and visually impaired.
Streamzoo, an alternative to Instagram, has just released the Streamzoo API. According to the documentation, the API uses HTTP calls and returns JSON. It joins 341 photo APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory.
You are a major brand wanting to advertise. Do you: A) hire an advertising agency and pay big bucks for photo shoots, or B) crowdsource images from your fan base for free? The Olapic API integrates answer B into other apps.
Recently launched, Everlapse, is a free iOS app for sharing images and slideshows. Communicating with images is already a winning formula in the world of social networking, but Everlapse makes it a little more interesting by providing something that is a bit more stimulating than just static photos, but not quite as complicated as videos. In a nutshell, it allows users to create and contribute to clips which are made up of various photos and displayed as a slideshow. By providing the Everlapse API, the company also makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
For those who like to dabble with a bit of photo editing but aren’t really inclined to pursue more advanced and sophisticated tools like Photoshop, an online photo ending tool like Ribbet may be just what they’re looking for. This app may not give you the most groundbreaking features when it comes to cutting edge image editing, but it certainly has appealing functions that are easy to use and easy to access online, allowing users to get really creative with their photos. What’s also cool is that developers can integrate this photo editor into their websites, using the Ribbet API.