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Anyline OCR SDK 3.9 Release Notes

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This release was all about improving the accuracy and speed of our MRZ Module as well as improving the detection of uncommon meter types for our Energy Module! Update your Anyline OCR SDK to the 3.9 version and enjoy scanning!

Release Date 2017-02-17

Android & iOS

Improved

Energy

  • Improved detection on uncommon meter types

MRZ

  • Improved MRZ accuracy and speed

License Plates PoC // Alpha

  • Improved country detection

 

Android Fixed

  • Document Scanner reporting ‘Document not sharp’ on x86 devices
  • Document Scanner would crash on some devices after taking the full picture with java.lang.IllegalStateException: maxImages (1) has already been acquired

 

How can you get the new release? Simply hit the button! 

We also have all release notes stored, in case you are looking for previous ones! Have a look! 

If you have questions about the new release or our product in general, or you simply want to say hi, via FacebookTwitter or simply via hello@anyline.io!

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Besides working in Content Marketing and Graphic Design at Anyline and engaging our awesome community, she’s a music enthusiast and pop culture addict who’s always trying to make the perfect espresso.
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Anyline OCR SDK 3.8 Release Notes

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The next step to an even better Anyline OCR SDK!

Today we proudly present the release of the Anyline OCR SDK 3.8! We’ve been working hard to improve our OCR SDK step by step for you. This release is especially very big for our Energy Module and we’ve accomplished something that’s unique on the market: Background Agnostic Scanning, which means no more switching between different backgrounds! Meters with white or black background can both be scanned after another without having to switch the background in between! Awesome, right? 😀

Let’s hear what our Head of Product has to say about this release:

“We are finishing a successful 2016 Anyline year with a tremendous and powerful release! This is a big leap forward in process optimisation through modern deep learning technologies.

Or Simply put:

TL;DR: Our best release ever! ;)”

The new OCR SDK is now available as a special Developer Edition for native Android and iOS!

So, what’s new?

Module Specific – Analog Meter Scanning

  • Background Agnostic Scans
  • Automatic Barcode Extraction if Barcode is visible
  • Auto Detection of Digit-Count

What does this mean:
Automatically scan white and black background without switching. Automatically recognise number of digits on meter display. Simultaneously scan barcode and meter values in the same view.

General Enhancements

  • Enhance Barcode Scanner
  • Improve Document Snapper

What does this mean:
Faster barcode scanning and any user defined format is now supported by the document snapper.

 New Features

  • Anyline Plugin for iOS and Android

What does this mean:
The Anyline Plugin allows other SDK or the app itself to access camera frames in an easy and convenient way.

Full product launch

Don’t miss the full product launch, including wrappers and store demo apps, on the 10th of January!

We always recommend to update your Anyline SDK with the newest version to get the best out of your scanning experience! Only if the SDK is updated with every release we can assure the high quality and accuracy of our software!

And you don’t want to miss the new features – do you?

How can you get the new release? Simply hit the button! 

We also have all release notes stored, in case you are looking for previous ones! Have a look! 

The story of a release

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And now, enjoy the great slack conversations the release brought with it 😉

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“Lonely songs during a lonely release”

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If you have questions about the new release or our product in general, or you simply want to say hi, via FacebookTwitter or simply via hello@anyline.io!

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Besides working in Content Marketing and Graphic Design at Anyline and engaging our awesome community, she’s a music enthusiast and pop culture addict who’s always trying to make the perfect espresso.
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Release Notes 3.7

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Release Date 2016-11-11

### iOS ###

## Anyline SDK 3.7.2.1 ##
Release Date 2016-11-11

### Fixed ###

– LibCurl crash on iOS < 10 (Details: https://curl.haxx.se/mail/lib-2016-09/0049.html)

Release Date 2016-11-03

### iOS & Android ###

#### MRZ ####

– Symbol recognition fix between primary and secondary identifier
– Fixed issue when no or partial DoB available

 

Release Date 2016-09-29

### iOS ###

IMPORTANT. HotFix release to fix crashes reported on iOS 9.

Release Date 2016-09-23

This release focused on Tensorflow for the MRZ Module, Improvements for the Energy Module, better Reporting and support within Example Apps and the Android Camera 2 API. Also, we managed to fix some of the ever present bugs. Win!

### Android ###
### New ###

Trained OCR-B Font in TensorFlow for MRZ configuration in the Anyline SDK

Implemented awesome “award” notifications for special scanning achievements

Integrated Intercom into Anyline OCR Scanner App in the App Store

Added scan support for Portuguese IDs

“More information” button added to Examples App in Bundle

### Fixed ###

Implemented Android.Camera2 (with fallback when API Level < 21) in order to improve camera focus issue

Visual Feedback issues resolved

Fixed when isFinished is missing in order to avoid crash of App Store app

Camera is no longer frozen when returning from lock screen

Energy App: No scan after result dialog closed with click outside the dialog

### iOS ###
### New ###

Implemented awesome “award” notifications for special scanning achievements in the bundle app

Integrated Intercom into Anyline OCR Scanner App in the App Store

Changed IBAN overlay color to green in bundle app

### Fixed ###

Fixed bug with serial number scanning – returns real result now instead of “nil”

### Cordova ###
### New ###

Included Documentation in the cordova-plugin bundle

How you can profit of this new release? Simply click the button!

Happy scanning! Questions? Have a look at our FAQs, or contact us directly via support@anyline.io!

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Trying to explain technology to the world. When not typing, Carina is usually found running uphill and downhill on trails or skiing.
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Release Notes 3.6.1

## Anyline SDK 3.6.1 ##

Release Date 2016-09-01

### Android ###
### New ###

Integrated chat tool Intercom – easily reach the Anyline team with support questions, save all your chats within the app and use it to quickly send screenshots

License plate Proof of Concept – enjoy the beta version of our license plate scanner, scan Austrian, German and a few other EU plates, let us know what works and what doesn’t and if you have cool implementations, write to us in the new chat

Updated to Anyline SDK version 3.6.1

Energy Update – improvements and faster scanning

Anyline Font bundled with SDK 3.6.1

###Fixed ###

– issue with x86 on Marshmallow (Android 6, API 23)

 

### iOS ###
### New ###

Integrated chat tool Intercom – easily reach the Anyline team with support questions, save all your chats within the app and use it to quickly send screenshots

License plate Proof of Concept – enjoy the beta version of our license plate scanner, scan Austrian, German and a few other EU plates, let us know what works and what doesn’t and if you have cool implementations, write to us in the new chat

Updated to Anyline SDK version 3.6.1

Energy Update – improvements and faster scanning

Anyline Font bundled with SDK 3.6.1

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Anyline SDK 3.6 “EURO 2016” Release Notes

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Fully focused on the UEFA Euro 2016 (also known as EM 2016, if you’re still not happy with the outcome and supporting our German neighbors), we tried to inject the same kind of excitement and fan base into our own SDK 3.6 release, by aligning the theme and therefore naming. Surprisingly the excited fans kept being excited fans of their respective teams, and in the evenings time spent on developing was usually kept short by 2 x 45 minutes.

Nevertheless – comparable to the journey of the Portuguese, we celebrated small wins along the way of a very ambitions milestones. Fortunately we didn’t have our central player attacked and eliminated by a competing team (how this would look like in our world of software development has still not been established).

The likeable underdog of this release – namely the improved documentation and sample codes – have been the very much celebrated heroes for the marketing team.

Major success though – the absolute winner of the release: ACCURACY IMPROVEMENT of our Utility Product for meter readings a.k.a. Austria thanks to the unbeatable accuracy of Portugal’s favourite scorer. I mean – do try hitting the goal post during a penalty kick against Austria! Accuracy ftw!

Android

New

  • Includes a new OCR engine for the energy use cases to improve accuracy

Fixed

  • Setting isBeepOnResult, isBlinkOnResult, isVibrateOnResult or isCancelOnResult trough xml not working
  • Also build with libpng 1.5.27 (fix for security vulnerability)

iOS

New

  • Includes a new OCR engine for the energy use cases to improve accuracy

Fixed

  • Watermark violation issues
  • Exclude bundle from iCloud Backup
  • Added Anyline namespace to dispatch timer
  • All config parameters are now ignored when using a custom script

 

Questions and bug report? Email support@anyline.io!

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Trying to explain technology to the world. When not typing, Carina is usually found running uphill and downhill on trails or skiing.
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Release Notes 3.5.1

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## Anyline SDK 3.5.1 ##

Release Date 2016-06-06

### Android ###
### New ###
– Added option to ignore whitespaces in AnylineOCR LINE mode (makes it faster)


### Improved ###
– MRZ: ~10-20% faster
– Energy: ~5-10% faster
– AnylineOCR:
– LINE: ~0-50% faster
– GRID: ~5-10% faster


### Updated ###
– Visual Scan Feedback updated for some use cases


#### Fixed ####
– Visual feedback not possible with custom script that has internal crop
– Visual feedback was deactivated if no config was provided and false was returned in onTextOutlineDetected()


### iOS ###
### New ###
– Added option to ignore whitespaces in AnylineOCR LINE mode (makes it faster)


### Improved ###
– MRZ: ~10-20% faster
– Energy: ~5-10% faster
– AnylineOCR:
– LINE: ~0-50% faster
– GRID: ~5-10% faster


### Updated ###
– Visual Scan Feedback updated for some use cases


### Fixed ###
– “Watermark not original” error message
– Check if AppDelegate has window

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Besides working in Content Marketing and Graphic Design at Anyline and engaging our awesome community, she’s a music enthusiast and pop culture addict who’s always trying to make the perfect espresso.
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Anyline SDK 3.5 “Brotzeit” Release Notes

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Today we proudly present the release of the Anyline® SDK 3.5!

It’s been busy and productive past months for us, trying to keep pushing our product to infinity and beyond! 😀

If you want to skip all the chatter and are here for the simple and plain release notes, please jump way down to the end 😉

We kicked off Q2 by trying to understand the users in all steps of their contact with the SDK. “We’re improving reporting options in order to find out more about how our users scan outside the Anyline office”, Matthias Gasser reports. To make our releases and sprints even more fun, our development team decided to give our releases – let me say – random but inspiring names 😉 The Anyline® SDK 3.5 is named after one of Anyline’s favourite lunch places:
BROTZEIT (Honest endorsement at this point, they have delicious lunch menus!)

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And just like the real BROTZEIT does, we’re trying to please our users and give them a great experience while integrating Anyline. The sprints of this release were named after – surprise: dishes of the day at Brotzeit. “I tried to put in some structure in the sprints, going from starters to main dishes and deserts”, Matthis Gasser, Head of Product at Anyline states. As you can see in the list below, we’re not quite sure if that worked out so well 😉

Our last, and most important sprint was also the most savory sprint of this release, called Rinderbeiried.

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And since you eat with your eyes first, this sprint’s focus was on the visual feedback of the Anyline scan process, which turns out to be our most important feature of this new version of the SDK!

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“We’ll teach everybody how to scan by adding UI elements and doing UX testing”, our favorite Product Manager, Matthias Gasser, states, when being questioned about the improvements. By educating the user about this new kind of interaction with smartphones, digitizing information is becoming a skill anybody can learn.

Now, after a lot of late-night testing and bug fixing, we are extremely happy to release the Anyline® SDK 3.5 and hope you have a lot of fun with it! 🙂

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## All Platforms ##

NEW

– SDK:
– added configurable visual scan feedback! 

– Energy Module:
– new modes for analog meters with 4 main digits
– new modes for analog meters with 7 main digits
– new mode for analog meters with white background and 5 or 6 main digits
– new mode for analog gas meters with 6 main digits

IMPROVED

– Energy Module:
– Electric meter mode no longer requires a red area

– AnylineOCR:
– updated Voucher Code use-case with brand new Anyline Font
– updated ISBN use-case to scan codes starting with ISBN-10: or ISBN-13
– Documentation:
– improved documentation on how to load a custom command file
– improved documentation on how to add an image to the cutout view config
– updated OpenSSL version

FIXED

– Energy Module:
– fixed a bug that 11111 was often returned as result for some meter types
– AnylineOCR:
– fixed a bug where the reported text outline was positioned incorrectly if the cutout contained a crop
– fixed a bug where GRID mode would crash if min and maxCharHeight where not set

## Xamarin ##

– Updates Xamarin to version 3.5 for iOS and Android

## iOS ##

FIXED

– SDK:
– added possibility to set an image as the cutout
– AnylineOCR:
– added minSharpness parameter to OCR configuration

## Android ##

FIXED

– SDK:
– fixed a bug where maxHeightPercentage was ignored in JSON view config
– AnylineOCR:
– fixed a bug where a custom command file would not override certain parameters

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Besides working in Content Marketing and Graphic Design at Anyline and engaging our awesome community, she’s a music enthusiast and pop culture addict who’s always trying to make the perfect espresso.
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Release Notes 3.4

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# Anyline SDK iOS Release Notes #
## Anyline SDK 3.4 ##
 Release Date 2016-02-18
### New ###
 - added Anyline OCR module (generic module for custom use cases) <-- HERE, THAT'S THE ONE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR! 
 - added scanning of documents
### Improved ###
 - Focus on tap
 - MRZ speed
 - Energy Module Interface
 - Barcode Module Interface
### Fixed ###
 - Flash Button Bugs
 - A lot of typos in the interface documentation
 - You can now set the scan mode before the setup method in the Energy module
 - Automatic clean up when you forgot cancelScanning in the viewWillDisappear




# Anyline SDK Android Release Notes #
## Anyline SDK 3.4 ##
 Release Date 2016-02-18
### New ###
 - added Anyline OCR module (generic module for custom use cases) <-- HERE AGAIN, THAT'S THE ONE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR!
- added scanning of documents
### Improved ###
 - Camera and Focus settings
 - MRZ speed
### Fixed ###
 - Issue with preview layout 
(on devices that support 1080 preview on 720 screen, not the full preview was shown)
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Release Notes 3.3

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There are release notes, and there are release notes. If you’re planning to have a look at the list of wonderful new features, please do so right here below. If you’re only interested in how our team managed to get through the last 2 months of hard work, testing and bug fixing, simply scroll down to see the pictures. Enjoy!

Android

Anyline SDK 3.3 

Release Date 2015-12-17

### New ###

– Hottest new feature (höhö): added scanning of heat meters

– Coolest new feature: added scanning of water meters

– Added electric meter scanning with decimal place

– Added scanning of generic digital meters

### Improved ###

– Barcode scanning: accuracy improved

– MRZ scanning: less accurate targeting required for IDs (because it’s ok that a smartphone moves, it’s not a huge hardware thingy, it’s a human being which is holding the smartphone) 

– SDK interaction:

   – Get the rect of the cutout to position your GUI around it (get crazy with your scanning designs)

   – Added a configurable offset the flash button

   – Get information if the scanning is currently running

### Changed ###

– Libraries for armv6 architecture no longer included (can be provided by request though)

iOS

## Anyline SDK 3.3 ##

Release Date 2015-12-17

### New ###

– Hottest new feature (höhö): added scanning of heat meters

– Coolest new feature: added scanning of water meters

– Added electric meter scanning with decimal place

– Added scanning of generic digital meters

### Improved ###

– Barcode scanning: accuracy improved

– MRZ scanning: higher tolerance for targeting the IDs (because it’s ok that a smartphone moves, it’s not a huge hardware thingy, it’s a human being which is holding the smartphone) 

– SDK interaction:

   – Get the rect of the cutout to position your GUI around it (get crazy with your scanning designs)

   – Added a configurable offset the flash button

   – Get information if the scanning is currently running

### Fixed ###

– Various bugfixes in the configuration and the UI

– Rare crashes when switching between scan modes (whoop, whoop)

The emotional side of the Release 3.3:

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