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Introducing Secure Storage Connectors

At Optidash, we proudly offer support for seven leading Object Storage providers: AWS, GCP, Azure, IBM, DigitalOcean, Rackspace, and Alibaba. And now, we’re thrilled to introduce an exciting enhancement: Secure Storage Connectors. With this new feature, you can securely store your storage credentials right within your Optidash account. This advancement not only bolsters the security of your cloud credentials but also streamlines your codebase, reducing complexity and enhancing efficiency.

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The Case Of The Missing SIMD Code

A significant portion of the open-source software we rely on daily isn’t optimized, or at least not to its full potential. Considering that some code is executed billions of times a day, inefficiencies are a concern. In the past decade, particularly in the last year, our reliance on computers has skyrocketed. This surge in usage has environmental implications, as computers contribute to a non-trivial portion of our overall energy consumption. While recent attention has focused on Bitcoin’s environmental impact, the energy usage of everyday software, whether in server farms, homes, or offices, continues to rise steadily. Despite the dedicated efforts of many individuals striving to ensure the efficiency of the code that powers our world, what if certain misconceptions are hindering their progress?

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Optimizing Favicons For The World's Top 500 Websites

Alright, who really gives much thought to Favicons, right? Well, we certainly do, and you should too. Our latest investigation uncovered a rather surprising fact: Favicons, those tiny icons that adorn browser tabs, are universally bloated, unoptimized, and uncompressed across the internet. Not only that, but they’re also consuming far more bandwidth than necessary. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re open-sourcing our ultimate solution to this issue. But before we unveil our remedy, let’s take a closer look at the jaw-dropping findings from our tests.

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Introducing Provisioning API And Detailed Usage Reporting

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce a brand-new provisioning API that enables Enterprise customers to conveniently manage API keys for their clients, apps, and websites. Alongside these new API additions, we’re also unveiling detailed usage statistics on a per-API-key basis, accessible from both API endpoints and the Optidash Account interface. This enhancement offers greater transparency and control, empowering users to monitor and optimize their usage more effectively.

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Accelerating JPEG Coding With Multiple Threads

Since its release in 1992, the JPEG standard has become synonymous with digital photography, finding its way into nearly every application that deals with high-quality images. Its rapid and widespread adoption can be attributed to its utilization of multiple techniques to efficiently reduce file sizes. Among these techniques is a keen understanding of the human visual system’s limitations, distinguishing between crucial information to preserve and less important details that can be safely removed.

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Optimizing Images On The World's Top 100 Websites

The world’s most visited websites attract staggering volumes of traffic, delivering petabytes of data to users worldwide. Given that images constitute over 60% of today’s Internet traffic, it’s reasonable to expect the top 100 websites to prioritize lightweight image content. After all, optimizing images could potentially save millions of dollars in annual bandwidth and storage expenses. Let’s delve into how visual content is managed on these influential platforms.

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Leverage Face Detection When Resizing With Fit Mode

Fit mode is one of our most popular modes for image resizing. It ensures that the area described by the dimensions is entirely covered with the image and crops out any outstanding image parts that fall outside of the desired frame size. Today, we extended that mode with face-detection capabilities, allowing the resized image to focus on a single face or all the faces found in the input image.

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Get Public Video Thumbnails With Fetch Endpoint

Today, we’ve rolled out a fresh set of features on the Optidash API, tailored to streamline the workflows of our users who frequently engage with publicly-accessible videos and user-generated content, often sourced from platforms like YouTube. Now, with our enhanced Fetch Endpoint, users can effortlessly retrieve and transform thumbnails from public videos, adding an extra layer of convenience to their daily tasks. Whether it’s curating eye-catching visuals for presentations or sprucing up content for social media, this new capability promises to simplify the process, empowering users to achieve their creative goals with greater ease.

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FaceMaze Voted Product of the Year on Product Hunt!

We have some exciting news to share with you today! FaceMaze, our free web-interface for precision-driven face detection, cropping, and filtering is voted Product of the Year in AI and Machine Learning category in Golden Kitty Awards 2019!

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New Aspect Ratio Mode for Fast and Easy Image Cropping

Our newly-introduced mode for image cropping allows you to specify the desired aspect ratio that will be used to crop your input images without the need of calculating and providing the exact crop dimensions. With this addition we are bringing the total count of crop modes to three - rect, face and ratio.

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Introducing FaceMaze - Free Online Face Detection App

We are super excited with the launch of FaceMaze - our free web interface for high-precision face detection, cropping, and filtering. As we have various computer vision solutions backed into our APIs at Optidash, we thought it would be cool to expose face detection and cropping as a free to use online web interface. And we did just that - FaceMaze is live!

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Control Global Image Opacity and Frame Delay

This week we are bringing two convenient additions to pixel adjustment operations as well as output format settings - opacity and delay. You can now set a global opacity (alpha-transparency) on the resulting image as well as fine-tune the delay between the frames in formats that support animation such as GIF or animated PNG.

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New External Storage Connector - Alibaba Cloud OSS

We are always working hard to increase the versatility of the Optidash API. We think our customers, especially those within the Asia-Pacific region, will be pleased with our latest addition to a list of supported external storage providers - Alibaba Cloud OSS. With that integration we now officially support seven providers: AWS, GCP, Azure, IBM, DigitalOcean, Rackspace and Alibaba Cloud.

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Ephemeral Storage Solution with Node and Redis

As software engineers we want to automate most of the processes and tasks we have at hand. We aim to build robust solutions that (in theory) should require little to no mainenance efforts and “just work”. Let’s see how we can apply those principles to automatic object expiration and explore different angles to approach the problem of ephemeral object storage.

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Introducing Duotone — Our New Artistic Filter

Our latest addition to the vast array of high-performance filters we offer via the Optidash API is Duotone - an extremely artistic way of mapping two colors onto the darks and lights of an image. Due to its versality and ease of use, we think Duotone will be a great addition to our platform.

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New API feature: Querying Account Status

If you’d like to programatically get the metadata pertaining to your Optidash account you can now easily do so. A newly introduced /1.0/account endpoint will respond with information about your subscription such as plan level and billing period. You will also receive full information about your monthly quota consumption: total quota, used quota, and remaining quota.

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New API feature: Image Flipping

Today, we have pushed a quick and simple update to our image processing API - Image Flipping. With that operation you can flip (or mirror) your images horizontally, vertically or both. We have also updated all our official integrations so you can make use of image flipping right away.

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