A Brief History of Optical Character RecognitionRead More

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Mankind’s struggle to convey meaning ‘twixt pen and mind has long been a problem for anyone wishing to communicate effectively. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a modern solution to this age-old challenge, brought into the present day need for machines to understand human-readable glyphs and characters. How many times have you been frustrated that you […]

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Conquer Productivity: Developer, User and Business Process Workflows ExploredRead More

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The single most valuable commodity for both individuals and organizations is time. When we can increase our productivity, we can bend the rules of time and achieve more within a given period. That’s such a tantalizing prospect that it beckons the investment of our time to learn these dark arts. Let’s shed some light on […]

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How UX and Design Lead to Conversions

How UX and Design Lead to ConversionsRead More

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Let’s face it. Historically speaking, computer programmers are often more comfortable in the digital world of 1s and 0s than they are in the real world of human interaction. Perhaps this accounts for the widespread disconnect among web designers when it comes to the area in which the digital and real worlds connect: user experience […]

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failed uploads are hurting your business

Failed Uploads Are Hurting Your BusinessRead More

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Failed uploads negatively impact user experience more than you think, and it’s results like these that make us cringe: From Emule: 2,9940 failed uploads for one user (20.61% failure rate), 2,758 for another (47.14% failure rate) This review of Flickr’s upload experience comes from ThomasHawk.com:   Yikes. Clearly the business and customer are suffering from a […]

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Content Personalization for CTOS

5 Things CTOs Need to Know About Content PersonalizationRead More

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Content personalization relies on both a “push model,” where users submit their own content for consumption, and a “pull model,” where content is served to the user based on their preferences. But personalization doesn’t exist in a technological vacuum. Content must be reviewed for appropriateness, categorized, verified and distributed. That’s why CTOs should be prepared […]

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Content Personalization

5 Reasons Content Personalization MattersRead More

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One would think that content personalization is table stakes in an era where E-commerce is rapidly replacing traditional retail channels. Why then, as one consumer study cites,  have “…only 22% said they’re satisfied with the level of personalization they receive?” This is surprising, given the degree to which companies rely on personalized shopping experiences. For example, one […]

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A representation of Bumble's potential content workflow

Bumble Bans Guns: Showcases Need for Content WorkflowRead More

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Bumble is a social network for discovering and fostering healthy relationships – be it personal or professional. With over 23 million subscribers to its platform, it certainly has the responsibility for ensuring that the content on their social networking application is appropriate for all. Recently, Bumble announced that it is going to ban all images […]

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Example of image triangulation

How Math and Computational Geometry Influence Digital ArtRead More

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In this article we present a technique to triangulate source images, converting them to abstract, someway artistic images composed of tiles of triangles. This will be an attempt to explore the fields between computer technology and art. But first, what is triangulation?  Simply spoken a triangulation partitions a polygon into triangles which allows, for instance, […]

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An example of a progressive image

Why Progressive Images MatterRead More

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Images are typically the most bandwidth demanding element of a page and their impact is most often mitigated by resizing them or reducing their quality.  Progressive images are another option in your toolbox to optimize your end user’s experience of a web site.  Progressive images allow you to provide a more compelling user experience as […]

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How Google’s AutoML Takes Machine Learning A Step FurtherRead More

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Last week Google announced an alpha launch of AutoML, a new machine learning platform that takes the space to the next level. In the product announcement, AutoML is described as a service that allows users to train machine learning models without requiring an in-depth knowledge and proficiency in machine learning. The potential of this platform is very appealing: […]

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Filestack's image tagging

Add Automatic Tag Suggestions with Filestack’s Image TaggingRead More

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How Does Content Affect My Business?  Everyone seems suddenly hyper-aware of just how much content surrounds us, everywhere and all the time. Content drives the vast majority of our social lives, of our work lives, of our tangible and intangible possessions. As a business owner, entrepreneur, or developer, content likely makes up a large part […]

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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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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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