API Toolmaker Postman Makes Pro Features Free of Charge

With the July 12 product release, all API developers can use the full range of Postman tools with support at every stage of a workflow.

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If we’re moving into an API (application programming interface) IT economy during the next decade or so, as a growing number of IT experts believe, then upstart Postman is playing directly into this trend.

The 3-year-old San Francisco-based startup , which makes a popular API development environment, on July 12 released a major update to the free version 5.0 app. Users of the app now can obtain limited-quantity access to many of the paid features of Postman Pro, which is aimed at small and individual development projects.

With the July 12 product release, all API developers can use the full range of Postman tools with support at every stage of a workflow. Postman’s free app always has included extensive collaboration, testing and automation features to make API development faster and easier.

With Postman 5.0, the application now includes key features of Postman Pro; in particular, API monitoring, API documentation, mock servers and the Postman API, the company said.

Postman 5.0 users now may access some of the most popular features of Postman Pro for free, in small-project quantities. Users will be able to access Postman’s extensive private and public documentation feature (1000 views/month); run API monitoring calls (1000 calls/month); create and use mock servers (1000 server calls/month) and access Postman Collections via the Postman API (1000 API calls/month).

Postman Pro customers get extensive support throughout their API workflow, starting with nearly unlimited access to documentation, mock servers and the Postman API. In addition, Pro users can send a higher number of free API monitoring calls (10,000/month) with an option to purchase discounted blocks of 500,000 calls for extensive monitoring work, and they have access to multiple Postman Pro integrations, such as GitHub, Slack, and others.

Postman Pro also enables powerful team collaboration through a team library, with real-time collection updates, access controls and an activity feed.

Postman is used by more than 3 million developers and 30,000 companies worldwide. The privately held company, which has funding from Nexus Venture Partners, has offices in San Francisco, Bangalore and Austin.

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