Colouring with Google and Bing

We all know google is the synonym to searching (and finding) stuff on the internet. Microsoft has bing for this. Both platforms offer custom searching as an API. So developers can take advantage of the massive resources both companies have and build that into their next awesome new product.

My kids use google to search for images they can print and colour. They just want to search, print and colour. A simple workflow that can be automated using the custom search API.


One of the features is the full page printing of the image. Sometimes the image fills up multiple pages or just a small portion when printed. Using google I found some samples to scale and print an image.

Google vs Bing

Comparing the search API provided by Google and Bing they are very similar. I created the Colouring app with both API’s and my kids were happy with the results from both platforms. Happy customers 😉

Google Cloud platform Bing
Documentation CSE:list Bing Images Search
Pricing €5.00 per 1000 calls €3.37 per 1000 calls (S3)
Free? 100 calls per day 30 days
Other Max results is 10 Max results is 150

As you can see the free option is only available on google. So I went that way first. After hitting the 100 calls limit on google I migrated to the Bing Api with a trial license. Nobody noticed the change since the customer is not interested in the technical details, but in the finished product.

Colouring Surfer


About erictummers

Working in a DevOps team is the best thing that happened to me. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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