Python API client and Color Search in Instagram

We are excited to have our API available for out-of-the-box development in one more major platform – Python!

Python

Ivan Penchev was enthusiastic to port the PHP client in Python and no sooner said than done – here it is https://github.com/ivanpenchev/imagga-py.

In no time Georgi Kostadinov put it at work, and what a better way to try it than prototyping basic tool that searches among recent Instagram photos based on colors, using Imagga Color API. He was kind to publish his code as well: https://github.com/gkostadinov/Instagram-Color-Search-Python.

Instagram Color Search

Instagram Color Search prototype

Thank you guys, you’re awesome!

You can try our APIs by applying for trial account at www.imagga.com. Currently we have PHP, Java, Ruby and Python clients for our APIs.


Browsing ASOS items based on colors

Since our great experience as an API partner in Seedcamp’s Seedhack about a month ago in London we were quite keen to showcase how what we do can applied in online fashion and retail. That’s why we came up with the idea to pick up one of the most recognized players in the online fashion industry – ASOS, and do some mashup with our color extraction and search API.

Asos - dark green - Imagga results

And the result is already here! - http://colorslike.me/asos/. The interface is pretty basic currently, but it’s still handy – you can pick one or more colors, provide an image URL or upload a photo, and you’ll get images of similarly colored items (predominantly dresses and shirts) from ASOS. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Asos - light orange - Imagga results

One of the first eager testers of the demo got quite inspired and came out with an awesome use case for color search using a picture – “In case someone’s wondering what kind of clothes would suit their cool green Alfa Romeo Montreal  - http://colorslike.me/asos/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcolorslike.me%2Fasos%2Fupload%2Fdfa%2F1363004214-923771896.jpg“:

ColorsLikeMe Example

I agree, it really matters to look stylish in your retro Alfa   Why don’t you try it and see if it’s going to work for you as well!


Why do I need color search?

Why do you need color search functionality in your web site? Actually we believe that the color search is like the smart phone - you may haven't figured out that you can't live without it before you start using it for the first time ;).

If you have already identified the need on your own - please feel free to skip this blog post. However even for you there might be some interesting reasons and applications that you haven't thought of before:

  • For every service where the user experience and interaction are mainly about exploring images it's vital to have an easy and intuitive way to navigate amongst them. And browsing based on colors (for example via color palette) is very natural way of behavior that you can make possible by integrating multi-color search functionality in your web project.
    multi-color search
    Multi-color search

    Here is an idea how for example Pinterest could be even better service if they have had color search build in.

  • Of course people are still used to searching via keywords. And actually an automated color analysis of the images can help for this as well - by suggesting color names as tags for the images, so when people search for "red car" for example, cars that have been automatically tagged with the text tag "red" will be visible in the search results;
  • It's becoming common for the users to have a reference image and want to find something with that particular color presented in the reference. Color extraction and multi-color search can make this to happen immediately. This is especially useful if you can also search based on the colors of the main object in the image, disregarding the background - something that we have as a key feature our color extraction and search technologies:

    Color search by reference object color
    Color search by reference object color

And last but not least - the fact that you can integrate such functionality quite easy by using our awesome color extraction and multi-color search API should make it even more tempting to experiment and see how well this is going to work for you!

And what do YOU think? Have you figured out any good reasons why would anyone need such kind of functionality? We'd love if you share your ideas with us!


Free trial access to our color and cropping APIs

We are very excited to announce that we just achieved a major milestone - we fully automated the process of creating trial API accounts for people who want try out our technologies immediately!

This comes along with the launch of our new website. You can use the API request form there to apply for free access to the color extraction and multi-color search and smart cropping and slicing APIs. Just a few clicks away from getting immediate access to the technologies:

API request link

Simply fill in your name, contact details and briefly mention how do you plan to use the API:

application formIn a few second you'll get a confirmation e-mail that we've received your request, and in less than an hour you'll receive another e-mail containing all API credentials and a PHP kit. You can use the kit as a blue-print for integratimg the technologies in your own web projects.

Even if PHP is not the platform of your choice - you can use the PHP kit and the API documentation as a reference how to do it in your own platform of choice.

In fact we (as a startup) are more than open for people willing to contribute. So if you use the APIs in another platform and you have already implemented a client - we will highly appreciate to share it with us and the community. Also, we are starting to hire soon, so this may be a big plus for those of you who decide to apply :)