Wherever you are in the world, if you happen to be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow on behalf of myself and my small team, I'd like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful time to get together with family, share stories, and be thankful for the good things in our lives. If you also happen to be scanning a photo or two over the holidays, I am happy to let you know that we have just released version 2.0 of the QromaScan iOS application, which contains three new features that I think will make your task even easier.
First, our key feature is the new Voice Control Indicator, and it should significantly improve your use of the offline voice recognition engine that is responsible for tagging People names and handling commands. This new visual indicator lets you know when the offline recognition system is detecting silence and when it is trying to recognize speech. The idea behind this is simple; it is green when it is detecting silence and this is the best time to start saying a name or command. If you are not saying a name or command, and the indicator is amber in color, there is a chance that some background noise will interfere with voice recognition. I think this will significantly reduce cases where background noise prevents us from doing our best recognition.
Our second big new feature is an improvement on the Scan Templates feature we introduced in our last release. As you recall, Scan Templates are new pre-programmed crop sizes that help make image cropping faster and much more accurate. With the last release, tapping in the Templates panel would cycle through popular print sizes, and a left or right swipe in this box would also grow or shrink the crop box by 5%. New in version 2.0 is a way to fine tune this even further with just a few finger swipes. Now you can grow or shrink the crop box’s height or width independently by 3% by swiping up, down, left or right inside the Capture Zone. You can quickly support any size image and get a perfect crop with just a few swipes.
Finally, if you have ever been in the scan screen and wondered if you had added a particular person’s name to the vocabulary, there is now a simple way to find out without having to leave that screen. If you tap and hold down on the new Voice Control Indicator, you will get an list of all your People names in alphabetical order.
We have but together a short 4 minute update video that walks through these new features: http://bit.ly/2gCejvn
This 4 minute video covers all the new changes in version 2.0
Documentation and Video Tutorials
We have updated the Quick Reference Guide and the User Guide to reflect the new features in version 2.0. You can access them in a number of ways. First, you can go into the Settings panel of the QromaScan app and tap on Documentation, where you can view this guides inside the app using our built in PDF reader. If you have iCloud turned on, you can also go to Documentation folder inside the QromaScan iCloud Drive folder, where you can open these documents on your Mac or PC using a PDF reader. Finally, you can tap in this link to see the User Guide in your web browser.
Getting Help If you have any problems using this release, please contact us right away and we can generally help you within one day.
Holiday Pricing We have special holiday pricing on the QromaScan Complete Bundle, which includes StayFlat and the QromaScan USB adapter, through our online store for $59 from now until January 3rd, 2017.
I really hope you enjoy this new release and wish you happy scanning!