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FeaturePics Web services provides programmatic access to the FeaturePics Image Collection


San Francisco, CA August 6, 2008 – FeaturePics is expanding its image availability within web services community with its new release of the programmatic access technology, a web-based toolset for creating image web applications. By utilizing familiar API tools, HTTP GET requests and XML/JSON Response Formats, joined with easy “cut and paste” implementation, FeaturePics allows developer to build advanced web applications utilizing extensive image library available through FeaturePics, yet still having the creative freedom by adding customized features matching developer’s web site.

To help developers understand this new addition of to the list of features available at FeaturePics, Elena Oryol, Lead developer, answered some questions that should clarify capability of the new toolset.

How does programmatic access to your database benefits web developers?

This toolset created by FeaturePics allows developers to build web applications using simple languages within their existing web site framework. Developers can enhance their web site by retrieving images from FeaturePics Image Collection by subject and
showing them in layouts suitable for their site design. Additionally, FeaturePics’s tools allow developers to have access to the latest images. We often see images being uploaded by subject as news or social events develop throughout the world.

What makes FeaturePics toolset unique compared to the other web development applications and tools that are available today?

Unlike other approaches, FeaturePics looks at the client’s side and assigns the accessibility and easy of use as a priority. “Cut and Paste” sample codes can be found on the “Example” page. Using these code examples developers can place images on their site in a couple of minutes. FeaturePics supports the XML/HTTP Protocol. As a variant, the Response can be formed in JSON format. JSON - JavaScript Object Notation - is a lightweight data-interchange format. Using JSON API that can be invoked from a client side app and processed without any server side transformation. FeaturePics applications utilize as many existing web technologies as possible; we are always aware of standards imposed by web browsers and other technical nuances making it possible for developers to work with FeaturePics’s database in a way that they are already comfortable.

How does FeaturePics make it easier to build a web application?

FeaturePics dramatically reduces the amount of new applications developers must learn. Instead FeaturePics created an easy-to-use and understand page that outlines API toolset as it is (

What are possible uses for FeaturePics’s API toolsets?

FeaturePics is particularly suitable for web sites that utilize news-based and social networking features. Images can also be implements into blog web sites as well. If using our Search Images API without obtaining an API Key, we ask that FeaturePics is cited in publications that makes use of the images. Please include a link to If small image instead of a link are preferred – FeaturePics has provided a small button for developer’s convenience on our web site as well.


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