Releases OpenBox Platform for Integration of Web Applications

Online storage provider is announcing today the launch of OpenBox, a platform for developers to integrate their web applications into

The platform, once rolled out in full by December 5th, will enable web developers to create “service actions” on that allow users to easily load their files into 3rd-party web applications. These service actions will also permit users to transfer their files back to once they have been edited elsewhere. OpenBox is therefore meant to help transform into an online file system where users can store the data they want to load into various applications on the web.

Today’s announcement largely signals the availability of service actions for a handful of web applications: Echosign, eFax, Autodesk, Zoho, ThinkFree, Scribd, Picnik, Zazzle, Mimeo, Twitter, and Myxer. These service actions are options in a dropdown menu that appears when you right-click on file hosted by Select “Edit document” to load a file into Zoho, “Publish with Scribd” to send a document to Scribd’s repository, “Edit with Picnik” to edit an image in a graphics program, and so on. Although has put some hands on time into setting up this original batch of web services, developers will be able to set up their service actions on their own using a point-and-click interface available on December 5th. has focused on making OpenBox compatible with existing APIs so that developers won’t need to reconfigure their applications to mesh with it. Just tell OpenBox what type of HTTP request to make (REST, UPLOAD POST, XML, or SOAP) and what parameters to use, and will connect to your application through your API. If you don’t have an API, however, you need to create some sort of interface for your application to communicate with

As with the Facebook platform, services (or “applications” if you prefer) on will be provided to users in a directory. When services are submitted to OpenBox, they will be manually approved before they hit the directory. Each service will also get its own distinct URL.

OpenBox is not the first initiative that has taken to open its file storage up to other applications on the web. The company already provides APIs through which other applications can automatically perform functions on your files (once authorized, of course). Not many service providers have taken advantage of this functionality, however, since users could not propagate their files to other services from within until now. By providing third parties with a presence within’s actual website, OpenBox will probably attract many more companies who want to feed off the service’s user base.

More screenshots of OpenBox are provided below.