NewsGator Opens Online API to Public

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-08-25 Print this article Print

The RSS platform company, and the force behind the popular FeedDemon RSS reader, throws open the door to its Online API.

NewsGator, an RSS platform company and the force behind the popular FeedDemon RSS reader, on Wednesday threw open the door for the public to access NewsGator Onlines API. Making the API publicly available means that developers can now access the platform, which is behind NewsGators suite of RSS aggregation products. That suite includes NewsGator Online, NewsGator Outlook and FeedDemon.
It also makes way for enterprises to access the API in order to develop their own branded RSS tools.
With the API, developers will be able to add advanced capabilities to their applications, including subscription management, subscription synchronization between all products that use the API, and post-level synchronization (read/unread/deleted status). The API also allows developers to work with bandwidth optimization via downloading of only new content, and community and individual ratings of feed content. Read details here about NewsGator Enterprise Server. NewsGator customers quoted in a statement said that the API is a "turn-key" solution to what can be a costly development process. "Using the NewsGator API, we have been able to add much-needed synchronization capability with online and desktop aggregators," said Jon Maroney, president of FreeRange Communications. Click here to read about Microsofts directions on how to handle RSS in Windows Vista. "Using the API has not only accelerated our development but has allowed us to push subscription management tasks back to the NewsGator servers, allowing us to focus on our mobile user experience," Maroney said. Use of the API is free for noncommercial use, and it can be licensed for other uses. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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