EBay releases beta of desktop application for buyers

Desktop application makes shopping easier with new types of alerts and a browsing history feature

EBay on Monday opened a beta program for a desktop application that makes shopping on the auction Web site easier, with new types of alerts and a browsing history feature.

Anyone interested in the beta can sign up here for Project San Dimas, which was announced at the eBay Developers Conference in Boston. eBay developers named San Dimas after the hometown of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Logan, the main characters of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."

"It's an eBay desktop application that includes all the major functionality of the eBay buying experience, search, bidding, watch list, My eBay features and so on," says Alan Lewis, San Dimas project manager. "We started from scratch and wanted to bring a brand new eBay experience using the Adobe platform."

The product makes searching and adding items to watch lists faster, and has a new alert function telling users when they have been outbid -- even when they aren't using the application -- and allowing them to bid again without opening the application back up again. The application also includes checkout and feedback features so users can avoid going onto the eBay Web site.

Attendees of Monday's conference were given preferred access allowing them to participate in the beta, but availability to the general public is limited. Sign-up requests are answered with an automated response saying: "We expect to start sending out invitations to the beta program within a few months."

eBay plans a selling feature for San Dimas geared toward casual sellers, but the feature is not included in the initial beta release.

Application developers are encouraged to create applications of their own that work like San Dimas, though.

"San Dimas uses eBay Web Services to communicate with eBay," the company states in an FAQ about the project. "Web services are a mechanism by which client applications communicate with a server via a standard network protocol to exchange data via a well-understood format like XML. In fact, there is nothing preventing other companies or developers from creating applications like San Dimas, using the Web services just like we do. You can learn more about this at the eBay Developers Program website."

eBay this morning also announced Shopping Web Services, which has APIs making searching on eBay as much as 16 times faster, and lets developers easily build buying applications, says Max Mancini, senior director of product management. A new eBay bidding API lets qualified developers enable bidding on eBay from anywhere, he says.

eBay is also launching new JavaScript and Flash development centers making it easier for developers to access the eBay Web services platform, he said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jon Brodkin

Network World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?