Make sure you know the difference between all of the machine learning services out there.

Signal to Noise: Understanding the State of Machine Learning ServicesRead More

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Getting past the buzzwords to the meat of what is on offer in the machine learning services landscape isn’t easy. It’s also sometimes difficult to separate tools from APIs, algorithms from services, the plausible from just plain speculative. That’s why we’ve put together a little guide to help you understand how you can start utilizing […]

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Improve OCR Results with FilestackRead More

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Machine learning services such as Microsoft Cognitive Services and Google Vision provide a wrapper over complex and resource-intensive algorithms, turning dense and arcane problems into simple REST requests. But these services, despite being state-of-the-art, cannot do all of the work for you (though some do more than others). And when it comes to optical character […]

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self-organized map of fashion images dataset

Self-Organizing Maps and their Benefit: Part OneRead More

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At Filestack, we are committed to helping you use, engage and analyze your data in intelligent ways through the best in machine learning. The algorithms that create self-organizing maps, optical character recognition (OCR), video and audio analysis, and so forth, are complex. Often, these algorithms become a major hardware and software investment to build out […]

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Web Pages Loading Slow? Optimize Images to Decrease Page Load TimeRead More

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Generally, if your site takes more than 2-3 seconds to load, the average internet user will abandon it in search of similar resources they’ll be able to access quicker. Unoptimized images are one of the most common culprits of slow site load speed. So, before you overload your website with a ton of larger-than-necessary image files, […]

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Uploading Webcam Images with FilestackRead More

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I was recently looking into commonly asked questions about content uploading and found that there are presently 370 active questions on Stackoverflow about how to upload an image taken via webcam. This isn’t a surprising number when all of the aspects involved are considered. I understand these issues first hand because I personally spent weeks […]

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Filestack Surpasses 100,000 Applications! 🎉Read More

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Earlier this week, Filestack surpassed 100,000 applications! As we continue to develop our product and grow our community, we cannot thank YOU enough for fueling Filestack’s success. We are able to grow thanks to constant requests and genuine feedback. filepicker_production=> select count(*) from apps; count ——– 100001 (1 row) We’re Proud of Every Single App Filestack’s […]

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LinkedIn's New Photo Filters

LinkedIn Launches Photo Filters and Editing in their App… And You Can, Too.Read More

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On March 14, LinkedIn released Photo Filters and Editing for profile pictures, along with guidelines on how to get noticed with a “professional” photo (read more here). The fact is, profile pictures are important, and you don’t always need a professional headshot to look good. Often, a selfie with some nifty filters will do the […]

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The Complete Image File Extension List for DevelopersRead More

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JPEGs. PDFs. SVGs. Even for the most savvy developers, keeping track of all available image file extensions isn’t easy. Using the wrong (or suboptimal) file format could result in: Low image/video/audio quality Unnecessarily large file sizes Slow delivery of large files Inaccessibility of data within the file Simply put, knowing and understanding the many types […]

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Comparing Node & JQuery File Upload vs FilestackRead More

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We often recommend using Filestack to upload files. But why is Filestack really better than building your own file uploader from scratch? Does Filestack actually save you time and provide more capabilities? First things first… What is Filestack? If you’re not familiar with Filestack, it is an end-to-end file upload and management solution. Through our JavaScript […]

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Comparing Google Vision and Clarifai in ProductionRead More

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A few weeks ago, we published our thoughts and research into the major image-labeling service providers, including Microsoft Cognitive Services, Amazon Rekognition, Google Vision, and Clarifai. While we believed each had its merits and all returned accurate labels for most inputs, a combination of speed, content-detection and cost led us to choose Google Vision as […]

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Comparing image tagging services: Google Vision, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Amazon Rekognition and ClarifaiRead More

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Prior to integrating image tagging into our our API, here at Filestack we evaluated four of the most popular image tagging services. To determine which service to use, we looked at features, pricing, image size limits, rate limits, performance and accuracy. Ultimately, we decided to go with Google Vision today but the other services might be […]

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How To Upload Large FilesRead More

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Uploading large files is a constant headache for developers. Pains like latency, speed, timeouts and interruptions, especially over mobile devices, are difficult to avoid. However, over the years, it is becoming increasingly important that your application be able to handle large files.   At Filestack, we provide file infrastructure for 100,000 applications worldwide, handling file […]

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AWS S3 vs Azure vs Google storage market share: what we seeRead More

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At Filestack, we handle millions of uploads monthly for developers around the world.  Developers are storing their files anywhere from their local machines, and or across multiple cloud drives such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and Dropbox depending on their needs.  With this data, we’ve been able to draw some pretty interesting trends… What is the Most […]

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Drag and Drop Files into your App, just like Slack (Demo in jQuery)Read More

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Slack recently announced new file sharing functionality.  Now, Slack users can easily share content by dragging and dropping files, or by accessing files on native and outside services, including Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. Drag and Drop File Uploads:   Native and Outside Service Files: Slack’s announcement made our geeky file-sharing-enthusiast hearts burst with joy […]

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Instagram API changes – Our problem not yoursRead More

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On June 1st, Instagram started to enforce new policies to their platform. Now, all applications that have not already gone through their recertification process are being moved to the developer’s sandbox and cut off from public availability. Fortunately, Filestack confirmed its place as an authorized application early enough that our platform will continue to function […]

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A Great API Usurped by a Mobile SDKRead More

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Last week Mapquest announced the release of their iOS and Android SDK, as well as the end of their Javascript Maps API, signalling their full commitment to the mobile application ecosystem. More and more users access the web via application. As a result, developers are relying on 3rd party SDKs to deliver core functionality to […]

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An Introduction to FilestackRead More

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Like most SaaS businesses, describing what we do can be a challenge. In the past we’ve used a number of terms to describe what Filestack is (and isn’t) with varying degrees success and completeness. One of the key reasons we felt compelled to transition the company from Filepicker to Filestack was to expand the focus […]

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Why you should be entering HackathonsRead More

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Competition brings out the best in products and worst in men. Or so said David Sarnoff, the guy credited with developing the communications industry in the U.S. There are many on ChallengePost – the platform that powers online challenges and in-person hackathons – that may have a different view on Sarnoff’s statement. Including many of […]

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Code learning resourcesRead More

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In today’s technology-driven society, the ability to code is a high-value skill that opens up job opportunities and offers unique ways to make an impact on the world. If you’re interested in learning to code or helping your kids learn this vital skill, you may find the following resources helpful. Code Academy Code Academy is […]

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Our Fave Code Editor: viRead More

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From vi To Emacs, It’s All About Your Philosophy Based on our experience, we haven’t found a huge difference between Emacs and vi code editors. We’ve switched between Emacs and vi a few times, and find that vi is more in sync with our thinking style, because it’s easier and faster to get familiar with. […]

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7 Productivity Tips for StartupsRead More

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Need some inspiration? Here are 7 tips for staying productive while working for a startup: 1. Practice Zero Inbox Try to practice zero inbox. Even though emails may keep piling on, it’s not productive to keep them lingering around. Process emails as quickly as you can. Reply to the ones that need replies. Delegate the […]

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Apps we use to run our StartupRead More

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We were inspired by the share as image blog that noted Filepicker as one of the apps they use to run their startup. So, just as they said, we aren’t getting anything for sharing. This is just what apps we love! Stripe If you’re running a SaaS, Stripe is pretty much a must have. It […]

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Ink – Work TogetherRead More

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Over the past year, we’ve gone from a single javascript widget to a full suite of products that help over 20,000 applications connect, process, and store over 400 million files each month. As the company and products continue to grow, we wanted a name that could grow with us, and so are announcing the new […]

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Strong Opinions, Weakly HeldRead More

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Express your ideas with conviction, but be willing to drop them and adopt better ideas as they come along. The best leaders and organizations are those that are pragmatic. Here at Filestack, we say “Strong Opinions, Weakly Held” – a concise and effective way of encouraging active debate and the meritocracy of ideas. “Strong Opinions” […]

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Twilio is our doormanRead More

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We’ve been growing in headcount and we found ourselves with an odd problem: we didn’t have enough key fobs to the office. Filepicker.io moved into a nice work live space overlooking AT&T park last October and our landlord has been great; we just kept asking for more key fobs. However, here’s how we got Twilio […]

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User testing at startupsRead More

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First let’s set some boundary conditions for this post. It is meant for early stage tech startups with limited resources embarking on their first usability testing experiment. Yes, usability testing is important. But performing usability testing at an early stage startup is hard. Best practices from larger companies with dedicated product managers do not carry […]

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A Paradigm Shift in Cloud StorageRead More

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Very recently, without many people realizing it, there’s been a major shift in the way that software companies treat cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive etc. Online storage is starting to become a primary hard drive for users rather than a secondary. We’ve been seeing it in the rapid pace of our growth […]

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Do name-your-price models yield revenue?Read More

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Fresh from Thanksgiving and its associated warm fuzzies, I found myself wondering if the spirit of generosity and gratitude extend to business contexts. For example, how do people respond when they are presented a product or service without a corresponding price? I am specifically referring to situations where the seller invites the buyer to name […]

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Designing Javascript APIsRead More

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We at Filepicker.io spend a lot of time thinking about APIs. With the release of our Version 1.0 javascript API, we thought about best practices for javascript API design, and wanted to share them so that when we use your API, it’ll be just as awesome as when you use ours. Rules of your Javascript […]

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When you learn your customers aren’t just API callsRead More

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Filepicker.io helps mobile and web application developers directly integrate with the user’s files in multiple cloud storage platforms. We save developers time because they don’t have to write custom code for file upload and file management. tl;dr: When doing customer development it’s valuable to focus on the non-work related persona of the customer. Since we […]

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Hacking a File API onto IE8Read More

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With the release of our Javascript API, we’ve had a number of people ask how in the world we were able to make a cross-browser solution for reading, writing, and storing files in javascript, especially with IE8. It’s fun stuff, so I wanted to share with the community how we did it. Warning: what follows […]

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