By Picturepark Communication Team • Jan 31, 2022
A new version of the Picturepark Content Platform will be released.
Version: Bellavista Release (11.2)
Date: 5-Mar-2022 (TBC)
- Main changes:
AI Focal Point Cropping
User-centered Business Rules
Display Pattern Editor Preview
The Bellavista (3922m) is a mountain in the Bernina Range in Switzerland and Italy. There are four summits on the main ridge, at the heights of 3799, 3888, 3890, and 3922 m from east to west. The first traverse of the Bellavista peaks and the three peaks of the neighboring Piz Palü were made by Emil Burckhardt and Hans Grass on 10 September 1868.
As with the four peaks, our release is based on four main interest areas: (image) optimization, automation, user-centricity, and scalability.
These are the final release notes.
AI Focal Point Cropping.
Use AI image recognition to identify focal points in an image, and use the Media Editor to crop and convert as needed.
Responsive design patterns are state-of-the-art for websites, landing pages, and online product catalogs, requiring images and videos to be placed once and resized or cropped based on devices and other criteria. Maximizing the impact of each visual is crucial to attracting users' attention and sales conversion.
Focal point cropping, with each image cropped to keep the focus on the key elements at each size, is now easier than ever. You select the AI-delivered main point of interest (focal point) and crop automatically around it, focusing on the selected key element.
AI tagging in Picturepark will therefore propose additional focal points, which you can use in the media editor for cropping. These AI-delivered focal points will consider all possible areas of interest for you - without the need to set them yourself.
You find various areas e.g. House, Tree, or Plant from the image. Depending on the model you choose AI can also propose brand names, text, or demographics. AI technology will add such focal points to a layer “Image Analytics”, from which you can pick the ones to apply as a cropped onto your images in the Media Editor.
You can further define the desired height and width - the output dimensions (e.g. 16:9) and other settings. Given the requested width and height, the resulting image preserves as much of the region of interest as possible.
- You can use a new crop parameter "auto" in the embed URL to set the crop rectangle to the ideal dimensions for the selected focal point.
- AI Tagging in Picturepark can either return focal points (regions with names) or concepts (keywords/tags). It is not possible to configure both tagging options for the same instance, it is either focal points or tags.
User-Centered Automation Rules.
Create Business Rules based on the actions of your specific users and user groups.
Business Rules in Picturepark automate your data management and are now extended with user-centered conditions. These new user-centered conditions such as the “User in User Roles” condition allow you to automate processes based on actions performed by particular users or user roles, such as::
Assign default permission when your agency uploads the content.
Assign default tags and keywords when your photographers upload.
Send out notifications to specific users or user roles when your external suppliers change metadata.
Check if product content was made public by a product manager and otherwise revoke permission
Check if sales content was validated by the product manager and request validation.
And many more.
Further Changes in Business Rules
A new variable NOW is available for automation to check whether a specific release date or embargo date is approaching. For instance, you can calculate “NOW + 5 Days” to check for an embargo date to expire five days from now.
A new “contains” condition checks if any input contains specific text, e.g. if the filename contains product, to automatically apply the product layer. Previously, this process was only possible with complex RegEx before and has now become simplified.
A name and description field was added to describe each step of a business rule, which helps you better document a business rule directly where you configure it, hence supporting your corporate business governance strategy.
The condition to check if a layer was changed now also supports checking if multiple layers of a Content Item had changed.
Display Pattern Editor Preview.
Preview your Display Patterns without prior rendering in the extended Display Pattern Editor.
With this release, the Display Pattern Editor offers an exact preview of what your Display Patterns look like - without rendering all content items in Picturepark which did consume some time while you waited.
This is especially helpful for Virtual Items and Thumbnail Previews (overlays) where you can show graphical information in the top left, bottom left, and bottom right corners, such as icons, text in different colors, and more.
Get ready for even better scalability with the Picturepark Content Platform now deployed using Kubernetes as a container orchestrator.
We switched our deployment to Kubernetes which reduces internal efforts for managing the architecture, unavailability during releases and maintenance windows, and further improves the scalability of our Picturepark Cloud.
Kubernetes is a compact, portable open-source platform for managing applications like Picturepark, originally developed by Google.
Benefits of Kubernetes which we have started to utilize include:
Scalability: Scale-up certain services based on load indicators, and more.
Load Balancing: Balance incoming traffic load to all containers and systems evenly.
Automatic Packing: Handling any number of containers on its own.
Self Healing: Replace a broken container in due time to maintain the capacity and bandwidth of the system.
Powerful CI/CD (which means continuous integration and development): Kubernetes will gradually deploy to the entire swarm of containers.
Storage orchestration: Scale storage systems of all kinds - including local storage, public cloud providers, etc.
Further Notable Changes.
The Relationship field now opens a content picker similar to the regular Content Browser to select related items apart from offering prior type-ahead search and select capabilities.
The default expiration date for sharings can be configured as a customer setting e.g. 30 days.
Names of zip files are now custom definable for those zip archives created when multiple files are downloading at once.
You can now open list settings directly from the list item browser to add fields or change display patterns or anything else if you are having corresponding administrative privileges.
The name of the Virtual Item is shown in the creation window, likewise, the name of the display pattern you edit is shown in the display pattern editor header so that you keep context.
New Layer settings for content item protection enable admins to prevent assignment (e.g. assign a Layer to Content Items), update (e.g. changing layer settings) and prevent deletion. This setting is used for Picturepark system layers and system lists.
Changes To API & SDKs.
With the upcoming Picturepark Release “Bellavista” (v11.2), we will introduce API changes, which you might want to consider reviewing if you are responsible for integration. Please find details here:
Please check if the changes will affect your integration and adapt it accordingly if needed. If you use our SDK`s or samples like the Content Portal, we recommend updating to the latest version:
We developed a complete new Content Picker that introduces a better user experience and also includes the Picturepark Image Editor. Please find the latest version here:
Please be aware that the current Content Picker will be deprecated with this release and might be removed with the following release.
Suppose you want to test your changes in advance. In that case, we can provide you with a functionally limited clone running on the latest 11.2 preview code base within our stage environment (free provisioning of such a stage system depends on your subscription plan or partner status).
Notable Bug Fixes.
- H265 Video Preview displays again, after a bug was fixed which showed a black screen instead of the preview.