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Submitted By:Kin Lane
There 120 photo APIs listed in the ProgrammableWeb API directory. I went through all 120 looking for APIs that would add value to users of the Mimeo Connect printing API, as well as photo and image sites that would benefit from Mimeo as well.
We are evolving our photo printing offerings at Mimeo. Currently we offer poster, card and photo book printing, but do not have standardized photo print offerings that many people ask for. So I am analyzing the landscape, starting with photo and image platforms that offer APIs, where users may aready store the photos they wish to print.
I am focusing on photo or image platforms that had a RESTful API, allowed read and write operations on their images, and were of a certain quality. I came up with 12 APIs:
- 500px Photo API - 500px is a photographic community powered by creative people from all over the world that lets you share and discover inspiring photographs.
- Blue Melon API - The Bluemelon API enables external applications and websites to upload, manage and delete images within albums, providing a centralized way for users to safely store their photos, customize, organize, order and sell photo prints.
- Facebook Photo API - Facebook Photo API allows programmatic access to any Facebook users profile photos with access to friends photos that allow access.
- Flickr API - The Flickr API is one of the oldest and well known photo and image API. The launch of the RESTful API helped Flickr quickly become the image platform of choice for the early blogging and social media movement by allowing users to easily embed their Flickr photos into their blogs and social network streams.
- Fotki Photo API - Fotki is an online community of photo fans who come together to share their work online. Fotki offers a low-cost and easy way for users to share their photos.
- Imgur Image and Photo API - Imgur's API exposes the Imgur image sharing infrastructure via a standardized interface. Using Imgur's API, you can upload images and completely manage any Imgur account, create and manage photo albums, and list, manage and delete images within any album.
- Lockerz - Plixi Photo API - Lockerz is a members-only website that rewards users for what you love to do online, like shop the coolest brands, watch videos, share photos and connect with friends, all while earning points to drive down the prices of products including clothing and accessories, electronics, movies, music, video games, and home decor.
- PhotoBucket API - Photobucket is the most popular site on the internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos and graphics.
- Picasa Photo Sharing API - The PicYou Photo Sharing API provides programmatic access to upload, manage, delete and view recent, popular and other photos from the platform.
- PicYou Photo Sharing API - The PicYou Photo Sharing API provides programmatic access to upload, manage, delete and view recent, popular photos from the daily life sharing platform.
- SmugMug Photo API - The SmugMug Photo API provides an interface for adding, management and deleting photos within albums, as well as acess to other meta data like tags, friends, family and other community data. The SmugMug Photo API also provides access to other image services like watermarking, printmaking and themes.
- Zenfolio API - The Zenfolio Photo API is available for third-party development of software applications, plug-ins, utilities, and tools interfacing with the Zenfolio professional photo service, enabling browsing through user photos, batch download photos and uploading a photo to a users Zenfolio account.
I’ve gone through the API documentation for each of these platform and identified them as candidates for pulling photos from the platform to print posters, cards, photo books and soon prints in various shapes and sizes.
All of these sites sites also appear to have a certain amount of platform stability, meaning they clearly have a business model, traction with existing group of users and generally have a look of quality to them compared to some of the other APIs I looked at.
As I develop code for each image and photo sharing platform, I will publish here and share using the Mimeo Connect Github account.
Idea Tag Cloud
- Yahoo Merchant Solutions
- Big Check
- Big Data
- Book Store
Project Tag Cloud
- Amazon S3
- Amazon Web Services
- Bound Documents
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