This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 44 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 4Shared, Allociné Movie, AOL Pictures, Bing Maps Search, Blinkx, car2go, ChannelAdvisor, Endicia Label Server, NetSuite, Petfinder, SPEEDY Express Delivery Services, UKMail, Yahoo Mail and Yandex. The most often used APIs this week are Australia Post, Google Maps and HotelsCombined. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Search (7 APIs, 7 mashups), Shipping (7 APIs, 7 mashups) and Mapping (5 APIs, 6 mashups).
Of the many APIs we published this week, thirteen were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those thirteen, which included the eBay API. After the creation of their developer platform in 2000, eBay has released 19 individual APIs that are split to cater to sellers or buyers. To learn more about the eBay API visit the In-Depth eBay API blog post as well as the eBay site.
Postmaster, a cloud-based, small package shipping platform for SMBs and eCommerce companies, has announced the launch of the public beta version of the Postmaster API. The Postmaster API was designed to allow easy integration of multiple shipping carriers into e-commerce systems as well as to help companies save time and money throughout the entire shipping process.
Google announced the Google Drive Realtime API. Postmaster released a beta version of its Postmaster API. Plus: Ex-Shopwell exec positions Yummly for top foodie spot with versatile API and PayZang introduces its innovative Payment API for merchant accounts and payment processing.
This week we had 30 new APIs added to our API directory including an email marketing service, a music distribution and licensing service, an application management platform, a push notification service for applications, an image processing service and an application building and backend service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Adding shipping and posting functionalities to your applications may be necessary for your what you’re trying to achieve, but it may not always be a quick and easy process. EasyPost is a posting and shipping service specifically designed for applications, saving developers some very valuable development time. The EasyPost API makes it possible for developers to access this functionality and easily integrate it with other applications.
Great customer service has long been a competitive advantage for any business. But for online merchants, that can take up valuable extra time, as customers wonder where their packages are. Amazon’s massive online retail business has done many things, such as famously upended the book industry. It’s also changed customer expectations–free shipping (or shipping by subscription), fast delivery, giving customers the ability to track with a click of a button. It puts the mom-and-pop online stores–and many other large operations–at a disadvantage. Aftership provides the Aftership API to help level the playing field.
Enterprises rarely move as quickly as the rest of the web. Many, including us at ProgrammableWeb, have been saying for some time that big companies will embrace the open API movement. It appears this may be happening in earnest now, as our directory hits the milestone of 8,000 APIs. And it makes sense, because APIs are helping companies do business, with the tradeoff between adding an external dependency being out-shined by the ability to move faster building upon someone else’s expertise.
Who needs a tracking service when you can just hop on the USPS, FedEx, UPS, or DHL website (or whoever your carrier is) and just track? Maybe you. The Trackthis API integrates an amazing array of functions into your application. The API webpage lists over 10 carriers you can get notifications for.
Tired of physical signatures interrupting your document workflows? HelloSign released the HelloSign API that allows developers to integrate eSignatures into websites, apps, or company processes. HelloSign’s creators were first bothered by paper’s inefficiency and wastefulness, and the irritation led to HelloFax.