A major update to the DocsCorp Cloud Platform (DCP) has launched, and it includes a brand new compareDocs cloud API for developers. Now, developers can incorporate our market-leading document comparison technology into their own applications and services via industry-standard RESTful APIs. Below, Jim Lim, the Chief Architect and VP R&D, fearless leader of our cloud team answers questions about our new API.
Why did you release an API?
Part of the reason we released this API is to give developers a way to trial our compareDocs SDK (Software Development Kit). Even though users were able to see how the compareDocs comparison technology worked with a desktop trial, it wasn't the same as experiencing it embedded in whatever app or system they were developing.
We also heard from developers who wanted an API because it offered a simpler way to incorporate document comparison technology into their apps. They didn't need the open-ended abilities that our SDK offers. They needed a simple, platform-independent method of comparing documents. And so, our compareDocs cloud API was born.
How does it work, exactly?
The short answer to this question is: documents are sent off to be compared by compareDocs cloud (input), and the comparison report is returned to the developer (output) to share and distribute as they wish. The compareDocs cloud API supports the comparison of both Microsoft Word and PDF documents with options to produce Microsoft Word documents marked up with Track Changes or industry-standard Redline comparison reports.
How do I start using the API?
Developers can sign up for a compareDocs cloud API Developer trial to start using the API right away. Under the Trial version, users can perform an unlimited number of comparisons for 30 days.
Are you ready to try the compareDocs cloud API? Fill in the form over on the DocsCorp Developer Portal and a member of our team will be in touch.
Jim has overseen the research and development of the entire suite of DocsCorp desktop, server, SDK, and cloud products since 2004, including integration with 28 different case, document, practice, and records management systems. With previous experience working at a global accounting software provider, Jim is highly skilled in software development, release management, and product innovation. Jim holds a degree in Engineering Science (Software) from the University of Technology, Sydney.