Expanded free plan and the new kimono API

Today, we’re proud to introduce a much more powerful free plan and the new kimono API.

  • Expanded free plan We’ve massively expanded our free plan. Now, you can create unlimited APIs, fetch up to 20 million pages of data per month and access our most powerful features – all for free! Paid plans are coming soon.
  • The kimono API provides a RESTful interface for programmatically interacting with your kimono APIs. Use this to:
    • Retrieve meta data about your APIs
    • Change the API update frequency
    • Set page limits for pagination
    • Specify URLs for targeted crawling
    • Start API crawls
    • Want more? Email us at features@kimonolabs.com and we’ll build it

Read more in the kimono API docs.

New collection editor and time series data

We’re excited to announce some new power features that make data extraction even easier than before. We’ve created a collection editor to give you full control over how data gets organized and introduced the ability to get API data in a time series:

  • Advanced collection editor:
    • Manually manage which properties are included in each collection
    • Combine and merge multiple data properties into one another
    • Delete individual properties without using undo
    • Improved association algorithms enabling nested arrays within properties
  • Time Series: Call any kimono API as a time series to see how the data has evolved over time. Time series results are available in both JSON and CSV formats. You might have seen a preview of this in action with our bitcoin correlator.

Combining APIs, extracting attributes and our new docs

Kimono just got a lot more powerful. We’re excited to announce that you can now combine multiple APIs into one and extract all HTML attributes of selected elements. You can also get a better feel for all kimono’s features with our revamped documentation.

  • Combining APIs: Combine kimono APIs from different sources into powerful Meta APIs returning aggregated data. For example, you could make 5 APIs to fetch artist, song and album data from different playlist websites and roll them into one Meta API. A single call to the Meta API will retrieve aggregated data from across all 5 sources. See the learn section to get started with combined APIs.
  • Extracting HTML attributes: Go beyond text, links and images. You can now get any HTML attribute you want from selected elements on a webpage. For example, grab alt or class attributes from product review link to find out how many stars each product has. Find out more here.
  • Documentation: We’ve completely revamped our learn section to include comprehensive documentation for how to use every aspect of kimono. No more mysteries.

We’ve improved our blog by adding RSS feeds and email subscriptions so you can find out about new features as soon as we release them, and we’ve added an examples page to show some of the cool things you can do with with kimono.

We’re always impressed by what you’re building with kimono. Tell us about your latest projects by sending us an email at contribute@kimonolabs.com.

The amazing things you built with the Sochi API

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Athletes born by time and place – by Javier de la Torre. View the rest here → 

We were amazed by how quickly you put our Sochi Olympics API to work and transformed raw data into creative apps and visualizations. We put together a showcase to share some of our favorites with all of you. Get inspired for your next kimono project!

If you build something cool with kimono, we’d love to hear about it. Send us an email at contribute@kimonolabs.com

Historical data and a style editor for apps

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Happy Monday everyone! We’re excited to announce 2 big features today: the KimonoApp style editor and API version history.

  • KimonoApp style editor: Customize the look and feel of your KimonoApp with app builder’s new style editor. Try it by creating a New KimonoApp or change the style of your existing KimonoApps to give it any flavor you want.
  • Historical data: From today, your APIs will store historical data. Retrieve past versions of your kimono API data by passing an additional version path parameter to the API endpoint. Each time kimono gets data from the source, a new version is created and stored. Find the latest version number in the JSON metadata you get when calling your API endpoint. Learn more by reading our FAQ.

For those of you that experienced slowdown or access problems with the site or your kimono APIs over the weekend, you’ll be happy to know we’ve also rolled out performance improvements to better handle the increased load.

Tell us about the awesome things you’re building with kimono by sending us an email at contribute@kimonolabs.com