The comprehensive solution enables the entire pipeline, from creating content to testing to developing and publishing your apps together with our Image Recognition service.
This article helps you get started in the service and learn how to use some of its key features.
If you don’t have an account yet, sign up (free trial available) to gain access to tools and features that facilitate the whole process. If you already have an account, log in to Craftar so that you can follow the instructions.
[All video tutorials used in the article represent the view on a desktop device, although you may also access your account on a mobile device.]
One minute help: how to create your first experience
For a more detailed introduction to all the features in Craftar, check out the sections below.
This video gives a quick overview of the structure of the web interface:
0’23”: Access the Terms of Service.
0’26”: Check our Service Status for any given day, including uptime, response times and historical data.
0’41”: How to log out of Craftar when needed.
We will now help you learn how to fulfill key tasks as a user, pointing to these key sections and the features they include.
The Home section
The Home section is your default view when logging in to Craftar. It provides you with quick access to other useful sections: managing your account, browsing your collections, and getting some basic help if needed.
1.Create Image Recognition experiences with our content management system [Collections]
Our service includes an agile cloud-based content management system that allows you to create content for your Image Recognition experiences. You can use this content in your mobile and web apps.
Here is an overview of the “content hierarchy” followed by our Craftar Image Recognition solution:
We will now help you learn how to create Image Recognition content for your apps.
What is a collection?
Collections are groups of items to be recognized in your apps. (For example, a collection can include items representing the different consumer packaged goods in your store, a range of wines, or different pictures in a catalog, etc.)
Image Recognition is always performed within a specific collection. The number of collections you can have depends on your plan.
You can create, manage and browse your collections in the Collections section in Craftar.
Learn how to create a new collection:
Learn how to delete an entire collection if you need to:
If you choose to run your application on-device, we recommend to follow the Tutorial: Create collection bundles to learn how to generate bundles from your On-Device collections to be embedded into your app.
Create items inside your collections
What is an item?
You can browse, edit and create items inside your specific collections.
An item represents a real-world entity that you want to recognize. (Examples of items are: one specific consumer packaged goods product in your store, an advertisement or poster you want to make interactive, a logo, etc.)
To create a new item, navigate to one of your collections in the Collections section and click on “Add new item”
How to create an item for an Image Recognition experience
An “Image Recognition only” type of item contains:
One or more images representing the appearance of the real-world object you want to recognize, i.e. reference image. (For example, in case you want to recognize a bottle of wine, you may use the image file of the front label only, or both the front and back labels as reference images.)
URL returned upon the recognition (optional). (Typical uses of the URL include a website with information, or public link redirecting the user to a video, which your app will open upon recognition.)
Custom data returned upon the recognition (optional). (Typical uses of this field include text that describes the item, for instance, product information, or meta information to be automatically processed by your app or backend.)
Learn how to create an Image Recognition item, and see what the item’s overview page contains:
1’40”: How to create an item for Image Recognition
2’10”: The item’s overview page, including the image quality rating
2’35”: How to delete a reference image that belongs to the item
2’40”: How to delete the item itself
Read more, including how to optimize your images for your items:
2. Test your collections and items [Testing Tools]
Our Testing Tools allow you to test your items and collections, and demo your experiences created in our platform – even before you start developing your own apps.
How to use the Image Recognition Tester
The Image Recognition Tester tool (inside the Testing Tools section in Craftar) lets you perform image recognition queries against a specific collection of items. This way, it helps you optimize your set of reference images and rule out problematic items.
The specific Documentation pages typically provide you with pointers to the Tutorials you should follow to integrate the specific tool; the documentation of the Classes; how to run the Examples; the Requirements of your system to use the tool, and Release Notes of our continuous updates.
Visit the Support Center for development guidance
Our Support Center offers comprehensive guidance, tutorials, and best practices that help you develop your apps with our service, APIs and toolkits.
We offer you with quick access to our Support Center at any moment. One of the easiest ways to access the Support Center is to use the Get Support menu, but you may also visit it from the Developer Portal section by clicking on the ‘Support Center’ tab.
See how to access the Support Center from the Developer Portal section:
4. Track and optimize the performance of your content [Analytics]