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5.8.0

 

New features:

  • We added user feedback when turning ON the flashlight on BlinkIdOverlayController:
    • It warns the user to watch out for flashlight glare.
    • It can be disabled by using BlinkIdUISettings.setShowFlashlightWarning(false) option.

 

New additions to our supported documents list

 

Plastic page passports

We added support for scanning the visual inspection zone - VIZ includes everything except MRZ or barcode. Keep in mind that BlinkID scans and extracts data only from the VIZ that is on the first plastic page found in the passport list below:

  • Chile Passport (BETA)
  • Colombia Passport
  • Croatia Passport
  • Denmark Passport
  • Finland Passport (BETA)
  • Germany Passport
  • Hong Kong Passport (BETA)
  • Ireland Passport (BETA)
  • Malaysia Passport
  • Netherlands Passport
  • New Zealand Passport
  • Norway Passport
  • Singapore Passport
  • South Africa Passport
  • Sweden Passport
  • Turkey Passport (BETA)

If you need to scan the MRZ only, you can always set the "MRZ Passport" recognition mode. ​

 

Vertical US documents

  • California ID
  • Illinois ID
  • New York ID
  • North Carolina ID
  • Texas ID

 

Other documents

  • Canada Newfoundland and Labrador DL
  • Croatia Residence Permit (BETA)
  • Guatemala Consular ID
  • Malaysia MyKAS (BETA)
  • Mexico Jalisco DL / front side only
  • Mexico Nuevo Leon DL (BETA)
  • Peru ID (BETA)
  • Singapore S Pass (BETA)
  • Uruguay ID / front side only
  • USA Missouri ID
  • USA Texas ID

 

European DLs with a single line MRZ

BlinkID extracts data from driver’s licenses that contain single line MRZ:

  • Croatia DL
  • Estonia DL
  • France DL
  • Ireland DL
  • Netherlands DL
  • Slovakia DL

 

Back side supported on:

  • Azerbaijan ID
  • Singapore DL
  • Singapore Employment Pass

 

No longer BETA

  • Slovakia DL

 

New features and updates in BlinkId(Combined)Recognizer

  • We added signatureImage to the result. Extract signature image from the documents below:

    • Australia Victoria DL
    • Austria ID
    • Austria DL
    • Brunei Military ID
    • Colombia ID
    • Croatia ID (on 2013 and 2015 versions)
    • Cyrus ID
    • Czechia ID (on the 2012 version)
    • Germany ID (2010 version)
    • Germany DL (2013 version)
    • Indonesia ID
    • Ireland DL
    • Italy DL
    • Mexico Voter ID
    • New Zealand DL
    • Slovenia ID
    • Spain DL
    • Sweden DL
    • Switzerland ID
    • UAE ID
    • UAE Resident ID
  • We enabled extraction of the date of birth from the NRIC from Malaysian documents:

    • MyKad
    • MyKas
    • MyKid
    • MyPR
    • MyTentera
  • We added anonymization support for:

    • MRZ (OPT2 containing the ID number) on China Mainland Travel Permit Hong Kong
    • MRZ (Document number) on Germany Alien Passport
    • Document number, MRZ (Document number) on Germany ID
    • MRZ (Document number) on Germany Minors Passport
    • MRZ (Document number) on Germany Passport
    • Document number on Hong Kong ID
    • MRZ (Document number, OPT1 containing the passport or ID number) on Hong Kong Passport
    • Personal ID number on Netherlands DL
    • Personal ID number, MRZ (OPT1 containing the BSN) on Netherlands ID
    • MRZ (OPT1 containing the BSN) on Netherlands Passport
    • Document number on Singapore DL
    • Personal ID number on Singapore Employment Pass
    • Document number on Singapore FIN Card
    • Document number on Singapore ID
    • MRZ (Document number, OPT1 containing the NRIC) on Singapore Passport
    • Document number on Singapore Resident ID
    • Document number on Singapore S Pass
    • Personal ID number on Singapore Work Permit
    • MRZ (OPT1 containing the resident registration number) on South Korea Diplomatic Passport
    • MRZ (OPT1 containing the resident registration number) on South Korea Passport
    • MRZ (OPT1 containing the resident registration number) on South Korea Residence Passport
    • MRZ (OPT1 containing the resident registration number) on South Korea Service Passport
    • MRZ (OPT1 containing the resident registration number) on South Korea Temporary Passport
  • We improved MRZ data extraction on:

    • Russia Passport

 

Other features and updates

  • We added the field middleName to BlinkId(Combined)Recognizer, IdBarcodeRecognizer and Usdl(Combined)Recognizer results. This field is extracted from AAMVA standard compliant barcodes, whenever available.

 

Deprecated recognizers

We have deprecated the following recognizers:

  • PassportRecognizer, VisaRecognizer - use BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer or BlinkIdRecognizer instead

  • DocumentFaceRecognizer, MrtdRecognizer - use BlinkIdRecognizer instead

  • MrtdCombinedRecognizer - use BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer instead

  • UsdlRecognizer - use IdBarcodeRecognizer instead

 

Major API change

ScanResultListener interface now has an additional method called when the scanning cannot continue because of an unrecoverable error. You have to implement onUnrecoverableError method. If you’re using built-in activities, when onActivityResult is called with RESULT_CANCELED result code, the exception will be available via ActivityRunner.EXTRA_SCAN_EXCEPTION intent extra. If the user canceled the scan, the exception would be null.

 

Fixes

  • We improved the data match logic for Guatemala Consular ID in BlinkId(Combined)Recognizer.
  • We fixed race conditions in camera management, which in some cases caused that the camera was unable to resume after it has been paused.

 

 

5.7.0

 

New features

  • We translated complete SDK to the following additional languages: Malay, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovenian, Indonesian, Arabic(UAE), Romanian, Chinese traditional, Chinese simplified, Thai, Hewbrew, Vietnamese, Filipino.

 

Improvements to existing features:

  • We have improved parsing of MRZ formats deviating from the ISO/IEC 7501 standard:
    • Document discriminator was in place of the document number on driver licenses and IDs from from:
      • New York
      • Michigan
      • Canada
    • Different check digit calculation for Mexico (Consular) ID
    • Recognition of the unofficial XCT country code for Northern Cyprus ID
    • Recognition of different country codes and check digit calculation on China Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents
  • We added anonymization support for:
    • MRZ on the Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents
  • We have made some changes to the BlinkID(Combined)Recognizer
    • You can now see ProcessingStatus in the results to inspect potential processing errors, such as when barcode detection fails, a mandatory field is missing, etc.
    • You can now also see a more detailed ImageAnalysisResult showing you when:
      • Face image is detected
      • MRZ is detected
      • Barcode is detected
    • We added a RecognitionModeFilter settings group. You can toggle flags on this object to control the recognition mode of the recognizer:
      • enableMrzId lets you scan MRZ on all identity documents except visas and passports.
      • enableMrzVisa lets you scan MRZ on visa documents.
      • enableMrzPassport lets you scan MRZ on passports.
      • enablePhotoId lets you scan photo IDs. Use it to enable or disable document and face image extraction on unsupported documents.
      • enableFullRecognition lets you scan all data from our supported documents.
      • Your license key still controls which of the above recognition modes are allowed.
    • We have added a RecognitionMode result member describing which recognition mode was used to produce the results.
    • We are now retrieving sex and nationality fields from the MRZ in cases where those two fields cannot be found in the document’s VIZ. Previously, we only used to do this for dates, name fields and document numbers.
    • We are now preserving the original string (raw data) of the dates we couldn’t parse.
  • We have improved the thresholds for card detection feedback messages ("move closer" and "move farther"). This will improve the UX when scanning in landscape mode as the document can now be closer to the camera.

 

Minor API Changes

  • We have made some changes to the BlinkIDRecognizer and BlinkIDCombinedRecognizer:
    • We renamed DocumentImageMoireStatus to ImageAnalysisDetectionStatus
    • We grouped the conditions member from the results with the DriverLicenseDetailedInfo structure
  • We renamed RecogitionMode to RecognitionDebugMode in RecognizerBundle.

 

Bug fixes:

  • We fixed an issue in default UI that was causing reticle to reappear while card flip animation was showing.
  • We fixed Issue #220 - methods marked with @NonNull no longer return null.

 

5.6.0

 

New features:

  • In BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer we added:

    • Support for US documents with vertical orientations:
      • Alabama DL
      • Arizona DL
      • California DL
      • Colorado DL
      • Connecticut DL
      • Georgia DL
      • Illinois DL
      • Iowa DL
      • Kansas DL
      • Kentucky DL
      • Maryland DL
      • Massachusetts DL
      • Minnesota DL
      • Missouri DL
      • New Jersey DL
      • Ohio DL
      • Pennsylvania DL
      • South Carolina DL
      • Tennessee DL
      • Texas DL
      • Utah DL
      • Washington DL
      • Wisconsin DL
    • Support for new document types:
      • Croatia Health Insurance Card / front side / BETA
      • Ecuador ID / front side
      • El Salvador ID / BETA
      • Sri Lanka ID / BETA
    • No longer BETA:
      • Canada Nova Scotia DL
      • Canada Yukon DL
      • Norway DL
    • Back side support:
      • Kenya ID
    • Result anonymization - with this option enabled, results are not returned for protected fields on documents listed here. The full document image will also have this data blacked out.
      • Protected fields are:
        • Document number on Hong Kong ID
        • MRZ on Hong Kong passports
        • Personal ID number on Netherlands DL
        • Personal ID number and MRZ on Netherlands ID
        • MRZ on Netherlands passports
        • Document number on Singapore DL, ID, Fin Card, Resident ID
        • Personal ID number on Singapore Employment Pass
        • Document number and personal ID number on Singapore Work Permit
        • MRZ on Singapore passports.
      • By using setAnonymizationMode method, you can choose the AnonymizationMode : ImageOnly, ResultFieldsOnly, FullResult or None.
      • FullResult anonymization (both images and data) is set by default.
  • We added support for new MRZ formats:

    • Guatemala ID
    • Kenya ID

 

Improvements to existing features:

  • We updated UsdlRecognizer.Result and IdBarcodeRecognizer.Result with additional address fields:
    • street, postalCode, city and jurisdiction
  • We added isExpired() method to BlinkIdRecognizer.Result, BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.Result and IdBarcodeRecognizer.Result.
    • It compares the current time on the device with the date of expiry and checks whether the document has expired or not.
  • We made changes to the result structure of BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer:
    • Barcode data is now encapsulated in its own result structure: BarcodeResult.
    • Data from all OCR-ed fields, without MRZ data, is now encapsulated in a VizResult structure, representing the "Visual Inspection Zone" data. In BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer, front side data is available in its own structure (frontVizResult), back side data in its own (backVizResult), so you can now access data from each side separately.
    • The main part of the result, outside these structures, is filled according to these rules:
      • Document number is filled with data from the MRZ, if present.
      • Remaining data is then filled with barcode data.
      • Remaining data is filled from the back side's visual inspection zone (OCR data outside of MRZ).
      • Remaining data is filled from the front side's visual inspection zone.
      • Remaining data is filled with data from the MRZ.

 

Minor API changes:

  • We moved BlinkIdRecognizer.Result members colorStatus and moireStatus to the result's imageAnalysisResult (frontImageAnalysisResult and backImageAnalysisResult in BlinkIDCombinedRecognizer.Result).
  • We changed default IntentDataTransferMode to IntentDataTransferMode.PERSISTED_OPTIMISED. It can be configured by using MicroblinkSDK.setIntentDataTransferMode.

 

Bug fixes:

  • We fixed US driver's license address extraction (Oregon, Mississippi, Rhode Island).
  • We fixed a bug which caused that, in some cases, camera has not been resumed after the device screen was turned OFF and back ON.

 

5.5.0

 

New features:

  • In BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer we added:
    • Support for obtaining full document image for IDs with barcodes. Now you can capture document image and extract barcode data with a single scan.

    • Scanning & data extraction for travel visas and passports.

    • Field validation - we validate if the results from certain fields match predefined character sets. - If validation fails, the recognizer's state is Recognizer.Result.State.Uncertain. - Use setValidateResultCharacters()to enable or disable validation.

    • Field anonymization for sensitive data. - Enable or disable whether certain sensitive data should be anonymized in full document image result. - Use setAnonymizeImage() to enable or disable image anonymization.

    • Support for new document types:

      • Australia New South Wales - ID Card / Front only / BETA
      • Brazil - Driver License / BETA
      • Brunei - Military ID / BETA
      • Brunei - Residence Permit / BETA
      • Brunei - Temporary Residence Permit / BETA
      • Ghana - Driver License / Front only
      • Latvia - ID Card
      • Norway - Driving Licence / Front only / BETA
      • Oman - ID Card
      • Saudi Arabia - ID Card / BETA
      • Sweden - Social Security Card / Front only
      • USA - Social Security Card / BETA
      • Back side supported:
        • Malaysia - MyTentera
    • No longer BETA:

      • Australia Tasmania - Driving Licence
      • Canada British Columbia - ID Card
      • Germany - Residence Permit
      • Morocco - ID Card
      • Nigeria - Voter ID
      • Singapore - Work Permit
      • USA Alaska - ID Card
      • USA District Of Columbia - Driver License
      • USA Indiana - ID Card
      • USA Kentucky - ID Card
    • Barcode scanning on the following documents:

      • Argentina ID
      • Colombia ID
      • Nigeria Voter ID
      • South Africa ID

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • Improvements in BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer:
    • Documents discarded with the class filter are now reported as not supported
      • ClassifierCallback.onDocumentSupportStatus(false) will be called if a documents is filtered out by the ClassFilter
    • For Malaysian MyKad we are now returning if a Moire pattern is present on the scanned document (detected or not detected).
      • use getDocumentImageMoireStatus() in BlinkIdRecognizer.
      • use getDocumentFrontImageMoireStatus() and getDocumentBackImageMoireStatus() in BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer .
  • We added digital signature support to PassportRecognizer.
  • We updated IdBarcodeRecognizer.Result with specific driving license info.
    • Use getRestrictions(), getEndorsements() and getVehicleClass().
  • We enabled usage of combined recognizers through the Direct API:
    • Recognition state is not automatically reset with every image that comes to the recognition through the Direct API. If reset is required, you should call RecognizerRunner.resetRecognitionState()

 

 

5.4.0

 

Breaking change:

Based on the feedback, we have restored support for x86_64 processor architecture. Due to the architecture specifics, there is no guarantee that the scanning process will work equally well as it does on the ARM architectures. The main reason for restoring support is to ease the compliance issue for developers. We distribute SDK with ARMv7, ARM64, x86, and x86_64 native library binaries.

 

New features:

  • We added age verification feature:
    • Now you can more easily obtain the age of the document owner in years and check whether it is above some age limit.
    • Use age and ageLimitStatus helper methods in MrzResult, BlinkIdRecognizer.Result, BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.Result, UsdlRecognizer.Result, UsdlCombinedRecognizer.Result, and IdBarcodeRecognizer.Result.

 

Improvements:

  • We have translated complete SDK to following languages: Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Slovak, and Spanish.

  • We added support for new document types in BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer:

    • Australia - Australian Capital Territory - Driving licence / front only
    • Australia - Northern Territory - Driving licence / BETA
    • Australia - Tasmania - Driving licence / front only / BETA
    • Canada - Alberta - ID card / BETA
    • Canada - British Columbia - Driver license / Public services card (Combined)
    • Canada - British Columbia - ID card / BETA
    • Canada - British Columbia - Public services card
    • Canada - New Brunswick - Driving license
    • Canada - Nova Scotia - Driving license / BETA
    • Canada - Yukon - Driving license / BETA
    • Panama - Driving license / front only / BETA
    • Panama - ID card / front only
    • Singapore - Work permit / BETA
    • Taiwan - ID card / front only / BETA
    • USA - Alabama - ID card
    • USA - Alaska - ID card / BETA
    • USA - District Of Columbia - Driver license / BETA
    • USA - Idaho - ID card / BETA
    • USA - Indiana - ID card / BETA
    • USA - Kentucky - ID card / BETA
    • USA - Massachusetts - ID card
    • USA - Oregon - ID card
    • USA - Washington - ID card
    • We added support for back side to:
      • Australia - Western Australia - Driving licence
      • Mexico - Voter ID
      • Netherlands - Driving licence
  • Additional improvements in BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer:

    • When the back side of the document is not fully supported by the BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer, we will capture and return the back side image without performing data extraction. You can disable this behaviour by using BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.setSkipUnsupportedBack(true).
    • We are now returning color status for the scanned document (black and white or color) in the following result fields:
      • documentImageColorStatus in BlinkIdRecognizer.Result.
      • documentFrontImageColorStatus and documentBackImageColorStatus in BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.Result.
    • We are now returning ClassInfo which holds the following information about the scanned document: Country, Region, and Type of the document. Use BlinkIdRecognizer.Result.getClassInfo() and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.Result.getClassInfo().
    • We introduced ClassFilter which determines whether a document should be processed or is filtered out, based on its ClassInfo. Use BlinkIdRecognizer.setClassFilter and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.setClassFilter to enable it.
    • To improve the scanning performance, we added additional feedback for users that ensures a detected document is entirely inside the frame. When a document is too close to the edge of the camera frame, we will display an appropriate message to the user in BlinkIdOverlayController. You can configure the minimum distance from the edge of the frame by using the paddingEdge settings method.
  • Improvements in BlinkIdOverlayController:

    • When a document is too close to the edge of the camera frame, we display Move the document from the edge message.
    • We added better user instructions when barcodes are being scanned in UsdlCombinedRecognizer. We display Scan the barcode message.
  • We are now delivering the complete list of open source dependencies used in the SDK. Please check the open-source-software-used directory.

 

Minor API changes:

  • We removed RecognizerRunnerView custom attributes: mb_initialOrientation and mb_aspectMode. Use RecognizerRunnerView.setInitialOrientation and RecognizerRunnerView.setAspectMode to configure the attributes in the code.

 

Bug fixes:

  • We fixed bug in BlinkIdOverlayController which caused that MrtdRecognizer.Result is cleared after scanning is done and empty result is returned.

 

5.3.0

 

Breaking change:

We decided to remove support for x86_64 processor architecture. x86 and x86_64 architectures are used on very few devices today; most of them are manufactured before 2015 and they take about 1% of all Android devices, according to the device catalog on Google Play Console. We distribute SDK with ARMv7, ARM64, and x86 native library binaries. Native library x86 in SDK is kept mainly for emulator support.

 

New features:

  • We added a new recognizer specialized for scanning and parsing barcodes on various identity cards - IdBarcodeRecognizer. Supported document types are:

    • AAMVA compliant (US DL, Canada DL, etc.)
    • Argentina ID
    • Panama ID
    • Colombia ID
    • South Africa ID
    • Nigeria Voter ID and driver license
  • We added the option to disable Microblink logs in the console output. Use LoggingSettings.disableMicroblinkLogging(). Be careful with this option. We need full log outputs from the application for support purposes. In case of having problems with scanning certain items, undesired behavior on the specific device(s), crashes inside SDK or anything unmentioned, we will need a full log from your side. If you disable Microblink logging, you won't be able to provide us this information. Hence support might be limited.

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • We added new result fields in MrzResult, returned by all recognizers which scan MRZ (Machine Readable Zone):
    • issuerName
    • nationalityName
  • Improvements in BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer and BlinkIdRecognizer:
    • new recognizer options: allowUnparsedMrzResults and allowUnverifiedMrzResults
    • new result field: dateOfExpiryPermanent
    • support for 14 new document types: South Australia DL, Bosnia and Herzegovina DL, Canada Ontario ID, Costa Rica DL, Denmark DL, Estonia DL, Finland DL, Kenya ID, Lithuania DL, Malaysia MyPR, Malta DL, Mexico Consular ID, Nigeria Voter ID, Philippines Professional ID
    • improved support for: USA Hawaii DL, Colombia DL, Costa Rica ID, France ID, India ID, Kazakhstan ID, Kuwait Resident ID, Israel DL, Kuwait DL, Thailand ID

 

Minor API changes:

  • CameraPermissionManager constructor accepts object of type CameraPermissionManager.ResourceIds as a second parameter which can be used to customise "ask permission" layout - for previously used layout, use default implementation com.microblink.hardware.camera.CameraPermissionManagerResources
  • RecognizerRunnerFragment extends androidx.fragment.app.Fragment, instead of deprecated android.app.Fragment
  • All provided scan activities extend AppCompatActivity

 

Bug fixes:

  • We fixed crash when using Direct API on high resolution com.microblink.image.Image from HighResImageWrapper

 

5.2.0

 

Improvements:

  • overall size impact on application reduced for almost 30% when BlinkID SDK v5.2 is used, relative to size impact of the previous v5.1
  • enabled setting MrzFilter on MrtdCombinedRecognizer:
    • determines whether document should be processed or it is filtered out, based on its MRZ (Machine Readable Zone)
    • this feature is also available for MrtdRecognizer
  • added Canada Alberta DL support for BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer
  • enabled scanning back sides of 6 documents with BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer:
    • Czechia ID
    • Egypt ID
    • Germany ID
    • Italy ID
    • Pakistan Consular ID
    • Pakistan ID
  • added property localizedName to BlinkIdRecognizer.Result and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.Result (CCC to Chinese alphabet conversion for Hong Kong ID)
  • enabled digital signing of BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.Result
  • improved camera performance on some Samsung devices

 

Minor API changes:

  • MrzFilter now accepts MrzResult for filtering, previously filtering has been performed based on the given MrtdRecognizer result.
  • RecognizerRunner.getSingletonInstance() does not throw FeatureNotSupportedException anymore

 

Bug fixes:

  • BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer - fixed issue when the front side of a document was returned as a back side

 

5.1.0

 

New features:

  • added 38 new documents for BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer: Algeria ID, Argentina DL, Australia Victoria DL, Australia Queensland DL, Australia Western Australia DL, Belgium Resident ID, Canada British Columbia DL, Canada Ontario DL, Canada Quebec DL, Cyprus ID, Czechia DL, Czechia ID, Egypt ID, Greece DL, India ID, India Pan Card, Israel DL, Malaysia MyKid, Malaysia MyTentera, Maldives ID, Morocco ID, Nigeria DL, Paraguay ID, Portugal DL, Puerto Rico DL, Qatar DL, Russia DL, Singapore Fin Card, Singapore Resident ID, Slovakia DL, Slovenia DL, South Africa DL, South Africa ID, Thailand ID, Tunisia ID, UAE DL, Uganda ID and Vietnam ID. Details on each new document and the complete list of the supported documents is here.

 

Improvements:

  • overall size impact on application reduced for almost 50% when BlinkID SDK v5.1 is used, relative to size impact of the previous v5.0
  • added new fields in MrzResult:
    • sanitizedDocumentCode
    • sanitizedDocumentNumber
  • improved BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer:
    • introduced blur filter that discards blurred frames and prevents reading data from them. This option is enabled by default, it can be disabled by using BlinkIdRecognizer.setAllowBlurFilter(false) and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer.setAllowBlurFilter(false)

 

5.0.1

 

New features:

  • new options in BlinkIdUISettings, DocumentUISettings, DocumentVerificationUISettings and BlinkIdOverlaySettings:
    • option to disable displaying of "Document Not Supported" dialog when BlinkIdRecognizer or BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer is used in combination with other recognizers - use method setShowNotSupportedDialog
    • option to configure back side scanning timeout - use setBackSideScanningTimeoutMs
  • it is possible to set theme that will be used by activity launched from the UISettings - use UISettings.setActivityTheme

 

Minor API changes:

  • all scan activity classes are final now

 

Bug fixes:

  • fixed problems with aspect ratio of camera preview on Huawei Mate 10

 

5.0.0

 

BlinkID v5 Release Announcement

We are very proud to announce BlinkID v5, the latest upgrade of our most popular product. BlinkID v5 is our first product powered entirely by machine learning.

 

Highlights in the BlinkID v5 Release

BlinkID v5 introduces improvements in the speed and accuracy of scanning and data extraction, and you will find:

  • Best-in-class card detection.
  • Automatic classification of different document types (no need to preselect the country or document type).
  • Innovative and seamless UX with real-time instructions for the users.
  • Data matching – we match the expiry date, DOB, date of issue, and document number captured from the front side with the data from the barcode or MRZ on the back.

Besides the new features listed above, we have worked on the improved performance of several other document components:

  • Scanning of all documents with MRZ (IDs, passports, travel visas), or PDF417 barcodes.
  • Scanning and data extraction of the front side of US driver’s licenses and IDs (horizontal).
  • Capturing cropped face image supported even on vertical documents, passports and travel visas.
  • Capturing document image.

 

Integration improvements

One of the main benefits that BlinkID v5 will bring is scalability and faster support for new document types.

  • The integration of the mobile SDK will be significantly easier and faster.
  • Mobile SDK build size will be much smaller.

 

How to get started and plan your upgrade?

BlinkID v5 mobile SDK release is currently available for native platforms.

  • It’s advisable to get familiar with the range of supported document types. We will keep adding support for new documents and regularly update the list on Github.
  • If currently supported document types are not yet supported in BlinkID v5 please follow future releases.
  • To upgrade to BlinkID v5, you will need to obtain a new license key specifically for the document types that you require.
  • Already licensed production keys will continue to work as usual, until you decide to upgrade.
  • What if you require document types supported in the previous version (and not yet added in BlinkID v5) and another document type supported in BlinkID v5? That’s manageable, and in that case, we will create a custom build for you.

We strongly recommend checking the list of supported document types regularly. Please star and watch this repository, and take the time to test BlinkID v5 as much as possible.

Your opinion, especially on the performance and redesigned UX is very important for future developments. We would appreciate your feedback at blinkid@microblink.com.

 

Major API changes:

  • removed all country specific recognizers - use BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer which classify and extract data from all countries that have been supported by country specific recognizers available in 4.x.x versions of the SDK
  • available recognizers are:
    • BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer
    • MrtdRecognizer and MrtdCombinedRecognizer
    • UsdlRecognizer and UsdlCombinedRecognizer
    • DocumentFaceRecognizer
    • PassportRecognizer
    • VisaRecognizer
  • detectors, parsers and barcode recognizers are removed from this version onward
  • Templating API is no longer supported
  • field by field scanning feature is no longer supported
  • SDK has been migrated to AndroidX dependencies - previous SDK dependency com.android.support:appcompat-v7 has been replaced with androidx.appcompat:appcompat

 

New features:

  • BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer now support new document types from different countries, all supported document types are listed here

 

Minor API changes:

  • in combined recognizers results, documentDataMatch value is now returned as DataMatchResult enum with three possible values: NotPerformed, Failed and Success
  • new API for configuring camera options on UISettings - use UISettings.setCameraSettings, which accepts object of CameraSettings type

 

4.11.1

 

Bug fixes:

  • fixed crash on some devices that use armeabi-v7a ABI - SDK was unable to reserve address space due to memory fragmentation
  • fixed camera busy error in camera management that was happening during the quick closing and opening of the camera
  • fixed rare crash on Samsung J5 Prime which has been caused by race condition during the initialization of native camera frame

 

4.11.0

 

New features:

  • added support for reading front and back side of Belgium ID - use BelgiumIdFrontRecognizer, BelgiumIdBackRecognizer and BelgiumCombinedRecognizer
  • added support for reading all visa documents containing Machine Readable Zone - use VisaRecognizer

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved MrtdRecognizer:
    • added support for documents with non-binary gender specification (symbol X)
  • improved DocumentFaceRecognizer:
    • improved scanning time (faster scan)
    • added support for vertical IDs
    • removed the tryBothOrientations option (improved scan in all directions is enabled by default)
  • improved scanning time (faster scan) for PassportRecognizer

 

Minor API changes:

  • FieldByFieldOverlay is now configured by using FieldByFieldOverlaySettings instead of FieldByFieldUISettings
  • DocumentVerificationUISettings and DocumentUISettings now support BlinkID recognizer
  • BlinkIdUISettings now allow customisation of strings, colors and icons
  • moved some classes to new packages

 

Bug fixes:

  • fix for document not supported never reported if using BlinkIdRecognizer wrapped in SuccessFrameGrabberRecognizer

 

4.10.0

 

New features:

  • added BlinkIdRecognizer for scanning front side of ID cards and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer for combined scanning of front and back side of ID cards
    • for now, these recognizers classify and extract data from 87 different classes of United States driver's licenses and IDs (front and back side)
    • list of all supported document types can be found here
    • in the upcoming releases, we are planning to add support for more document types from different countries
  • completely new UX for scanning ID cards with new scan activity and overlay: BlinkIdActivity and BlinkIdOverlayController:
    • best suited for scanning with BlinkIdRecognizer and BlinkIdCombinedRecognizer
    • other single side and combined document recognizers are also supported
  • added support for reading back side of Nigerian Voter ID card - use NigeriaVoterIdBackRecognizer

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved RomaniaIdFrontRecognizer
    • now extracts CNP number
  • improved SloveniaIdFrontRecognizer and SloveniaCombinedRecognizer:
    • return boolean flag which indicates whether date of expiry is permanent - use SloveniaIdFrontRecognizer.Result.isDateOfExpiryPermanent() and SloveniaCombinedRecognizer.Result.isDateOfExpiryPermanent()
  • improved GermanyPassportRecognizer:
    • better passport classification
  • improved ColombiaIdFrontRecognizer:
    • support for document number in format 1-3-3
  • improved SlovakiaIdFrontRecognizer:
    • support for German letters
  • Malaysia:
    • MalaysiaMyTenteraFrontRecognizer supports 6-digit army number
    • MalaysiaIkadFrontRecognizer - better extraction of the following fields (DeepOCR support): date of birth, sector, employer, address and date of expiry
  • United Arab Emirates:
    • glare detection is disabled by default for UnitedArabEmiratesIdFrontRecognizer and UnitedArabEmiratesIdBackRecognizer
    • UnitedArabEmiratesIdBackRecognizer - optimized detection for black backgrounds

 

Minor API changes:

  • overlay controllers are no longer using UI settings, they're now using Overlay settings, you can convert UI settings to Overlay settings like this: uiSettings.toOverlaySettings()
  • Recognizer now only has one type parameter
  • Recognizer.Result no longer has any type parameters
  • DocumentOverlayController and BarcodeOverlayController are replaced with single overlay controller - BasicOverlayController

 

Removed features:

  • BarcodeScanActivity no longer supports results dialog
  • verification activities no longer support action bar built in obsolete activity themes

 

Bug fixes:

  • all default scan activities correctly set volume to media instead of ring
  • all default scan activities now apply secure flag if enabled in ui settings
  • fixed scanning bug for devices with problematic camera resolution, which caused that SDK was unable to scan data, known affected devices were: OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7 Pro and Vivo V15

 

4.9.1

 

Bug fixes:

  • fixed bug in DocumentFaceRecognizer which caused that DPI settings has not been applied to dewarped images
  • fixed bug in DocumentVerificationOverlayController/DocumentVerificationActivity - alert dialog has not been shown in cases when front and back side of the scanned document don't match
  • ColombiaIdBackRecognizer - fixed result strings encoding problem

 

4.9.0

 

New features:

  • added support for reading all passports with MRZ - use PassportRecognizer

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • added tryBothOrientations option to DocumentFaceRecognizer which defines whether document will be scanned in both orientations (normal and upside down)
  • GermanyCombinedRecognizer.Result:
    • added getter for the full MRZ string: getRawMrzString
  • added support for reading commercial code in two rows for HongKongIdFrontRecognizer
  • added support for HongKongIdFrontRecognizer 2018 version
  • improved reading accuracy for the following recognizers (DeepOCR support): MalaysiaIKadFrontRecognizer
  • improved scanning time of all Malaysian ID front recognizers: MalaysiaMyKadFrontRecognizer, MalaysiaMyKasFrontRecognizer, MalaysiaMyPrFrontRecognizer, MalaysiaMyTenteraFrontRecognizer

 

Minor API changes:

  • Scanning timeout that can be configured by using RecognizerBundle.setNumMsBeforeTimeout is by default set to RecognizerBundle.TIMEOUT_INFINITY, which means that timeout is disabled by default. Previous default timeout value was 10 seconds.

 

Bug fixes:

  • DPI options on images are now correctly applied to dewarped image results in DocumentFaceRecognizer.Result

 

4.8.0

Important notice on MRTD recognizer in the latest BlinkID SDK release (v4.8.0)

Please note that we have significantly improved accuracy for MRZ/MRTD scanning because now we switched to the newest OCR technology based on machine learning. To be more precise, we measured and compared existing vs. new MRTD scanning. The new OCR system based on machine learning achieves 99.9% accuracy on the character level, which results with a 50% reduction in the error rate in MRZ extraction.

In order to use new MrtdRecognizer or MrtdCombinedRecognizer or to continue using any additional Recognizer for scanning any ID with the MRZ (machine readable zone) within the latest BlinkID SDK update, you must have a new license key. Before updating to the SDK version 4.8.0, please contact your account manager or send an email to support@microblink.com to obtain the new production license key.

Important notes:

  • The MRTD scanning with the older BlinkID SDK versions (v4.7.0 and below) will continue to work without any problems - until you decide to update.
  • If you upgrade to the SDK version 4.8.0 without a new license key scanning of MRTD/MRZ documents will not work.
  • Contact us at support@microblink.com to obtain a new license key if you plan to update your app with the latest release.

For any questions, you might have, we stand at your service.

 

New features:

  • added support for reading front and back side of Brunei Military ID - use BruneiMilitaryIdFrontRecognizer and BruneiMilitaryIdBackRecognizer

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved reading accuracy for all MRZ recognizers
  • added option to force overlay orientation for DocumentOverlayController (DocumentScanActivity) and BarcodeOverlayController (BarcodeScanActivity) - use DocumentUISettings.setForcedOrientation(OverlayOrientation) and BarcodeUISettings.setForcedOrientation(OverlayOrientation)

 

Minor API changes:

  • removed SerbiaIdFrontRecognizer, SerbiaIdBackRecognizer and SerbiaCombinedRecognizer
  • fields that are not deprecated anymore:
    • Sweden DL - reference number
    • Ireland DL - driver number
    • Malaysia iKad - passport number
    • Hong Kong ID - commercial code
  • deprecated the following methods in UsdlRecognizer.Result and UsdlCombinedRecognizer.Result: (they have been replaced with new getters):
    • getField(UsdlKeys)
    • getOptionalElements
  • added new getters to following results:
    • UsdlRecognizer.Result and UsdlCombinedRecognizer.Result:
      • firstName
      • lastName
      • fullName
      • address
      • documentNumber
      • sex
      • restrictions
      • endorsements
      • vehicleClass
      • dateOfBirth
      • dateOfIssue
      • dateOfExpiry
    • MrzResult:
      • sanitizedOpt1
      • sanitizedOpt2
      • sanitizedNationality
      • sanitizedIssuer
  • moved SwedenDlFrontRecognizer from package com.microblink.entities.recognizers.blinkid.sweden.dl to com.microblink.entities.recognizers.blinkid.sweden
  • renamed methods in the following recognizers and its results:
    • CzechiaCombinedRecognizer:
      • lastName to surname
      • firstName to givenNames
      • identityCardNumber to documentNumber
      • address to permanentStay
      • issuingAuthority to authority
      • personalIdentificationNumber to personalNumber
    • GermanyCombinedRecognizer:
      • lastName to surname
      • firstName to givenNames
      • identityCardNumber to documentNumber
      • issuingAuthority to authority
      • eyeColor to colourOfEyes
    • JordanCombinedRecognizer:
      • issuer to issuedBy
    • PolandCombinedRecognizer:
      • issuer to issuedBy
    • RomaniaIdFrontRecognizer:
      • lastName to surname
      • cardNumber to documentNumber from MrzResult
      • parentNames to parentName
      • nonMRZNationality to nationality
      • nonMRZSex to sex
      • validFrom to dateOfIssue
      • validUntil to dateOfExpiry
      • removed field idSeries
      • removed field cnp
      • MRZ fields are available through MrzResult which can be obtained by using getter RomaniaIdFrontRecognizer.Result.getMrzResult()
    • SlovakiaCombinedRecognizer:
      • issuingAuthority to issuedBy
      • personalIdentificationNumber to personalNumber
    • SloveniaIdFrontRecognizer:
      • lastName to surname
      • firstName to givenNames
    • SloveniaIdBackRecognizer:
      • authority to administrativeUnit
      • MRZ fields are available through MrzResult which can be obtained by using getter SloveniaIdBackRecognizer.Result.getMrzResult()
    • SloveniaCombinedRecognizer:
      • lastName to surname
      • firstName to givenNames
      • identityCardNumber to documentNumber
      • citizenship to nationality
      • issuingAuthority to administrativeUnit
      • personalIdentificationNumber to pin

 

Bug fixes:

  • fixed crashes on Nexus 6

 

4.7.0

 

New features:

  • added support for reading front and back side of Brunei Temporary Residence Permit - use BruneiTemporaryResidencePermitFrontRecognizer and BruneiTemporaryResidencePermitBackRecognizer
  • added new scan activity and overlay: BlinkCardActivity and BlinkCardOverlayController which are best suited for scanning payment cards with BlinkCardRecognizer

 

Improvements for existing features:

  • enabled reading year-only dates of birth on Kuwait IDs
  • improved SingaporeIdBackRecognizer:
    • better reading of documents with sticker
  • improved MrtdRecognizer:
    • added allowSpecialCharacters option which is required for parsing Malaysian Passport IMM13P MRZ type
  • all recognizers now reset their results on shake, except Combined recognizers
  • BlinkCardRecognizer returns card issuer

 

Minor API changes:

  • MrtdRecognizer and MrtdCombinedRecognizer do not return MRZ image any more
  • MrtdComginedRecognizer does not have glare detection options (it does not detect glare any more)
  • replaced PaymentCardFrontRecognizer, PaymentCardBackRecognizer and PaymentCardCombinedRecognizer with single recognizer - BlinkCardRecognizer
  • replaced ElitePaymentCardFrontRecognizer, ElitePaymentCardBackRecognizer and ElitePaymentCardCombinedRecognizer with single recognizer - BlinkCardEliteRecognizer
  • PolandIdBackRecognizer.Result does not extend MRTDResult any more, it has getter getMrzResult for obtaining MRZ results

 

Bug fixes:

  • removed incorrect autofocus check that was performed before concrete camera type is chosen
  • MrtdRecognizer: result state is now properly invalidated after detection fails
  • various other bug fixes and improvements

 

 

4.6.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of German Driver's License - use GermanyDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading back side of Brunei ID - use BruneiIdBackRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Brunei Residence Permit - use BruneiResidencePermitFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading back side of Brunei Residence Permit - use BruneiResidencePermitBackRecognizer
  • updated default UI icons

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved reading accuracy for the following recognizers (DeepOCR support):
    • MalaysiaMyKadBackRecognizer

Minor API changes:

  • if using high res frame capture in custom UI, you now have to explicitly enable it using new RecognizerRunnerViewmethod setHighResFrameCaptureEnabled
  • renamed GermanyOldIdRecognizer to GermanyIdOldRecognizer
  • removed sex and signatureImage from MalaysiaMyKadBackRecognizer
  • renamed methods in CroatiaCombinedRecognizer and its result:
    • identityCardNumber to documentNumber
    • address to residence
    • issuingAuthority to issuedBy
    • personalIdentificationNumber to oib
    • nonResident to documentForNonResident
  • removed mrzImage from MrtdCombinedRecognizer and its result
  • renamed methods in AustraliaDlFrontRecognizer.Result:
    • name to fullName
    • dateOfExpiry to licenceExpiry
  • renamed eyeColour to colourOfEyes in GermanyIdBackRecognizer.Result
  • deprecated the following recognizers:
    • SerbiaIdBackRecognizer
    • SerbiaIdFrontRecognizer
    • SerbiaCombinedRecognizer
  • deprecated the following result fields:
    • HongKongIdFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • commercialCode
    • IndonesiaIdFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • bloodType
      • district
      • kelDesa
      • rt
      • rw
    • NewZealandDlFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • donorIndicator
      • cardVersion
    • MalaysiaMyKadBackRecognizer.Result:
      • extendedNric
    • MexicoVoterIdFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • electorKey
    • IrelandDlFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • driverNumber
    • SwedenDlFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • referenceNumber
    • MalaysiaIkadFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • passportNumber
    • AustriaIdBackRecognizer.Result:
      • principalResidence
      • height
      • eyeColour
    • AustriaPassportRecognizer.Result:
      • height
    • GermanyIdBackRecognizer.Result:
      • colourOfEyes
      • height
    • SwitzerlandIdBackRecognizer.Result:
      • height
    • SwitzerlandPassportRecognizer.Result:
      • height
    • SingaporeIdBackRecognizer.Result:
      • bloodGroup
    • ColombiaIdBackRecognizer.Result:
      • bloodGroup
    • SwitzerlandPassportRecognizer.Result:
      • height
    • PolandIdFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • familyName
      • parentsGivenNames
    • MoroccoIdBackRecognizer.Result:
      • fathersName
      • mothersName
    • RomaniaIdFrontRecognizer.Result:
      • parentNames

Bug fixes:

  • fixed crash on some devices when using VIDEO_RESOLUTION_MAX_AVAILABLE

 

4.5.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of Brunei ID - use BruneiIdFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front and back side of Cyprus ID, issued after 2015. - use CyprusIdFrontRecognizer and CyprusIdBackRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Malaysian MyKAS - use MalaysiaMyKasFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Malaysian MyPR - use MalaysiaMyPrFrontRecognizer
  • enabled capturing high resolution camera frames:
    • When custom UI integration is performed, use RecognizerRunnerView.captureHighResImage
    • When using provided scan activities, high resolution full camera frames taken at the moment of successful scan are returned if this option is enabled through UISettings. Concrete UISettings which implement interface HighResSuccessFrameCaptureUIOptions support this feature.

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved reading accuracy for the following recognizers (DeepOCR support):
    • HongKongIdFrontRecognizer
    • MalaysiaMyKadFrontRecognizer
    • MalaysiaMyKadBackRecognizer
    • MalaysiaMyTenteraFrontRecognizer
    • MalaysiaDlFrontRecognizer
    • NewZealandDlFrontRecognizer
  • improved PaymentCard recognizers:
    • better OCR and data extraction
    • added support for reading payment card numbers in 4x6x4 and 4x6x5 format
  • improveed UAE recognizers:
    • glare detection is enabled for all images returned from UnitedArabEmiratesDlFrontRecognizerUnitedArabEmiratesIdBackRecognizer and UnitedArabEmiratesIdFrontRecognizer recognizers
  • improved MrtdRecognizer:
    • added option to set extension factors for full document image: use method setFullDocumentImageExtensionFactors
    • added option to encode fullDocumentImage and mrzImage to JPEG and save them to MrtdRecognizer.Result: use setEncodeMrzImage and setEncodeFullDocumentImage to enable encoding
  • RecognizerRunnerView is lifecycle-aware now, it implements android.arch.lifecycle.LifecycleObserver interface

Minor API changes:

  • renamed IkadRecognizer to MalaysiaIkadFrontRecognizer and methods in recognizer and its Result:

    • expiryDate to dateOfExpiry
    • sex to gender
  • renamed MyKadFrontRecogniezer to MalaysiaMyKadFrontRecognizer and methods in recognizer and its Result:

    • ownerFullName to fullName
    • ownerAddress to fullAddress
    • addressStreet to street
    • ownerAddressZipCode to zipcode
    • ownerAddressCity to city
    • ownerAddressState to ownerState
    • ownerBirthDate to birthDate
    • ownerSex to sex
    • ownerReligion to religion
    • nricNumber to nric
  • MalaysiaMyKadFrontRecognizer does not extract armyNumber anymore, use MalaysiaMyTenteraFrontRecognizerfor scanning MyTentera

  • MrtdRecognizer:

    • method setSaveImageDPI which has been used to set DPI for full document and MRZ image is replaced with methods setFullDocumentImageDpi and setMrzImageDpi
  • renamed methods in SwitzerlandIdBackRecognizer and its Result:

    • nonMrzDateOfExpiry to dateOfExpiry
    • nonMrzSex to sex
  • renamed methods in SwitzerlandPassportRecognizer and its Result:

    • placeOfBirth to placeOfOrigin
    • nonMrzDateOfBirth to dateOfBirth
    • nonMrzDateOfExpiry to dateOfExpiry
    • nonMrzSex to sex

Bug fixes:

  • fixed problems in camera management:
    • default camera surface is TextureVeiw for devices that use Camera1 API, otherwise SurfaceView is used
  • DocumentFaceRecognizer now correctly applies DPI settings to returned face and full document images
  • various other bug fixes and improvements

 

4.4.0

New features:

  • added support for reading back side of Germany Driver's License (reading of single B10 field - date of issue for B category) - use GermanyDlBackRecognizer

  • added support for reading front side of Mexico Voter ID - use MexicoVoterIdFrontRecognizer

Improvements for existing features:

  • added support for hiding sensitive parts of images returned by payment card recognizers:
    • PaymentCardFrontRecognizer: setAnonymizeOwner, setAnonymizeCardNumber
    • PaymentCardBackRecognizer: setAnonymizeCvv
    • PaymentCardCombinedRecognizer: setAnonymizeOwner, setAnonymizeCardNumber, setAnonymizeCvv
    • ElitePaymentCardFrontRecognizer: setAnonymizeOwner
    • ElitePaymentCardBackRecognizer: setAnonymizeCardNumber, setAnonymizeCvv
    • ElitePaymentCardBackRecognizer: setAnonymizeOwner, setAnonymizeCardNumber, setAnonymizeCvv
  • CyprusIdBackRecognizer: added support for reading date of expiry, use getExpiresOn on its result
  • SlovakiaIdFrontRecognizer: improved reading of personalNumber field
  • improved reading accuracy for the following recognizers:
    • MalaysiaMyTenteraFrontRecognizer
    • SingaporeDlFrontRecognizer
    • CroatiaIdFrontRecognizer
    • IndonesiaIdFrontRecognizer
  • improved image return processor:
    • the processor now estimates detected (dewarped) document image quality and returns the best quality dewarped image from the best quality detection
  • DocumentVerificationActivity does not extend AppCompatActivity any more

Minor API changes:

  • renamed methods in GermanyIdFrontRecognizer and its Result:
    • lastName to surname
    • firstName to givenNames
  • renamed MyTenteraRecognizer to MalaysiaMyTenteraFrontRecognizer and methods in recognizer and its Result:
    • ownerFullName -> fullName
    • ownerAddress -> fullAddress
    • ownerAddressStreet -> street
    • ownerAddressZipCode -> zipcode
    • ownerAddressCity -> city
    • ownerAddressState -> ownerState
    • ownerBirthDate -> birthDate
    • ownerSex -> sex
    • ownerReligion -> religion
    • nricNumber -> nric
  • renamded enum com.microblink.uisettings.options.ShowOcrResultMode to com.microblink.uisettings.options.OcrResultDisplayMode
  • for all UISettings classes which support setting of OCR result display mode, renamed method setShowOcrResultMode to setOcrResultDisplayMode

Bug fixes:

  • fixed camera autofocus problems on Samsung S9/S9+ when optimisation for near scanning is enabled
  • fixed autofocus problems in Field by field scanning on Huawei P20 pro, Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 lite

4.3.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of Ireland Driver's License - use IrelandDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Colombia Driver's License - use ColombiaDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Italy Driver's License - use ItalyDlFrontRecognizer
  • added standalone recognizer for reading front side of Austria Driver's License - use AustriaDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front and back side of elite Payment / Debit cards - use ElitePaymentCardFrontRecognizerElitePaymentCardBackRecognizer and ElitePaymentCardCombinedRecognizer

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved MrtdCombinedRecognizer:
    • added option to allow unparsed and unverified MRZ results - use MrtdCombinedRecognizer.setAllowUnparsedResults and MrtdCombinedRecognizer.setAllowUnverifiedResults
  • improved MalaysiaDlFrontRecognizer:
    • added support for reading Malaysia Dl for foreigners
  • improved UsdlRecogniezr:
    • added support for reading dates on Nigerian Driver's licenses
  • added support for setting full document image extension factors for almost all ID document recognizers, they implement interface FullDocumentImageExtensionOptions
  • added support for setting the number of stable detections threshold on DocumentFaceRecognizer and recognizers which use it internally: MrtdCombinedRecognizer and UsdlCombinedRecognizer - use setNumStableDetectionsThreshold(int). This can help to avoid returning of blurry images.
  • improved EudlRecognizer:
    • better reading accuracy for UK Driver's license
  • moved these recognizers to DeepOCR engine (improved reading accuracy): SingaporeIdFrontRecognizerSingaporeIdBackRecognizerCroatiaIdFrontRecognizerCroatiaIdBackRecognizer
  • improved DeepOCR accuracy

Minor API changes:

  • renamed methods in MalaysiaDlFrontRecognizer and its Result:
    • state to ownerState
    • zipCode to zipcode
  • renamed methods in IndonesiaIdFrontRecognizer and its Result:
    • validUntil to dateOfExpiry
    • validUntilPermanent to dateOfExpiryPermanent
  • renamed methods in SingaporeIdFrontRecognizer and its Result:
    • bloodType to bloodGroup
  • renamed methods in SingaporeCombinedRecognizer and its Result:
    • bloodType to bloodGroup

Bug fixes:

  • enabled wrapping of combined recogniezrs with SuccessFrameGrabberRecognizer
  • fixed bug in EudlRecognizer which caused that sometimes face image is not returned, even if the recognition was successful
  • various other bug fixes and improvements

 

4.2.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of United Arab Emirates Driver's License - use UnitedArabEmiratesDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Spain Driver's License - use SpainDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front and back side of Cyprus ID - use CyprusIdFrontRecognizer and CyprusIdBackRecognizer
  • added support for reading front and back side of Kuwait ID - use KuwaitIdFrontRecognizer and KuwaitIdBackRecognizer
  • added support for reading front and back side of Payment / Debit cards - use PaymentCardFrontRecognizerPaymentCardBackRecognizer and PaymentCardCombinedRecognizer

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved SingaporeCombinedRecognizer:
    • added support for reading sticker with new address from the back side
  • BarcodeScanActivity by default does not show result dialog after scan

Minor API changes:

  • renamed methods in CroatiaIdBackRecognizer and its Result:
    • address to residence
    • documentForNonResident to isDocumentForNonResident
    • issuingAuthority to issuedBy
    • getDateOfExpiryPermanent to isDateOfExpiryPermanent
    • MRZ fields are available through MrzResult which can be obtained by using getter CroatiaIdBackRecognizer.Result.getMrzResult()
  • renamed method in SingaporeIdFrontRecognizer and its Result:
    • cardNumber to identityCardNumber
  • renamed method in SingaporeCombinedRecognizer and its Result:
    • cardNumber to identityCardNumber
    • bloodGroup to bloodType

Bug fixes:

  • fixed bug which caused that results from the previous scan are cleared when the scan activity is run again and entities which have produced results are not used in the new scan
  • various other bug fixes and improvements

4.1.0

New features:

  • added support for reading partial dates on all MRTD documents:
    • affects all recognizers which extract data from Machine Readable Zone
  • added support for reading front side of Swiss Driver's License - use SwitzerlandDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Singapore Driver's License - use SingaporeDlFrontRecognizer
  • added support for reading front side of Singapore Changi employee ID - use SingaporeChangiEmployeeIdRecognizer
  • added support for reading front and back side of Morocco ID - use MoroccoIdFrontRecognizer and MoroccoIdBackRecognizer

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved HongKongIdFrontRecognizer:
    • added support for reading residential status field
  • improved UnitedArabEmiratesIdFrontRecognizer:
    • better name and nationality extraction
  • improved SingaporeIdBackRecognizer:
    • added support for reading sticker with new address
  • improved MyKadBackRecognizer:
    • added support for reading old NRIC field
  • improved NewZealandDlFrontRecognizer:
    • better reading of all fields

Minor API changes:

  • in CroatiaIdFrontRecognizer identityCardNumber is renamed to documentNumber
  • BarcodeRecognizer does not support Manatee library any more:
    • removed setter setManateeLicenseKey
  • in GermanyIdBackRecognizer.ResultAustriaPassportRecognizer.ResultAustriaIdBackRecognizer.Result and AustriaCombinedRecognizer.Result getter getHeight returns height as String (instead of int)
  • HongKongIdFrontRecognizer.Result.getDateOfBirth() returns com.microblink.results.date.DateResult instead of com.microblink.results.date.Date
  • in ColombiaIdBackRecognizer.Result getter getDateOfBirth() is renamed to getBirthDate()
  • in SingaporeIdBackRecognizer.Result getter getBloodGroup() is renamed to getBloodType()
  • renamed getters in NewZealandDlFrontRecognizer.Result renamed getters:
    • getIssueDate() to getDateOfIssue()
    • getExpiryDate() to getDateOfExpiry()
    • getDonorIndicator() to isDonorIndicator()

Bug fixes:

  • various bug fixes and improvements

4.0.0

  • new API, which is not backward compatible. Please check README and updated demo applications for more information, but the gist of it is:
    • RecognizerView has been renamed to RecognizerRunnerView and Recognizer singleton to RecognizerRunner
    • SegmentScanActivity has been renamed to FieldByFieldScanActivity
    • RandomScanActivity does not exist anymore
    • previously internal Recognizer objects are not internal anymore - instead of having opaque RecognizerSettings and RecognizerResult objects, you now have stateful Recognizer object that contains its Result within and mutates it while performing recognition.
      • similarly we now have stateful Parser and Detector objects
      • introduced new Processor object type
      • For more information, see README and updated demo applications
    • added RecognizerRunnerFragment with support for various scanning overlays in a manner similar to iOS API. This now allows you to use built-in UI, which was previously strictly available for built-in activities, in form of fragment anywhere within your activity. Full details are given in README and in updated demo applications.
  • new licence format, which is not backward compatible. Full details are given in README and in updated applications, but the gist of it is:
    • licence can now be provided with either file, byte array or base64-encoded bytes

3.18.0

Improvements for existing features:

  • com.microblink.image.Image class now has getter getImageQuality():
    • can be used to choose the best image from the same scan
    • it only makes sense to relatively compare image qualities from consecutive camera frames from the same scan on a certain device

Bug fixes:

  • fixed UnitedArabEmiratesIDBackRecognizer:
    • enabled reading of UAE back side where MRZ starts with IR

3.17.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of Sweden Driver's License - use SwedenDLFrontRecognizerSettings

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved CroatianIDBackSideRecognizer:
    • better reading of address field
  • improved GermanIDFrontSideRecognizer:
    • added support for reading CAN number
  • improved USDLRecognizer:
    • better parsing of the USDL data fields
  • improved HongKongIDFrontRecognizer:
    • better reading of document number (check digit validation)
  • improved IKadRecognizer:
    • added support for iKad IMM_55 document type (foreign students card)
  • added option to extend full document image for German recognizers: GermanIDFrontSideRecognizerGermanOldIDRecognizerGermanIDBackSideRecognizerGermanIDCombinedRecognizer and GermanPassportRecognizer - use method setFullDocumentImageExtensionFactors(ImageExtensionFactors) from the corresponding recognizer settings
  • when DocumentFaceRecognizer is activated at the same time with another more specific recognizer(s) (e.g. EUDLRecognizer), preference is given to the more specific recognizer which means that it will get a chance to extract additional data from the concrete document type

Bug fixes:

  • fixed reading of non-standard PDF417 barcodes

3.16.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of Egypt ID - use EgyptIDFrontRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading front and back side of Jordan ID - use JordanIDFrontRecognizerSettings,JordanIDBackRecognizerSettings and JordanIDCombinedRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading front side of Malaysian drivers license - use MalaysianDLFrontRecognizerSettings

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved USDLRecognizer:
    • better parsing of the USDL barcode content
    • fixed extraction of expiry date from magnetic stripe USDL subtype
  • improved VinParser:
    • better extraction of specific VIN numbers
  • improved MRTDRecognizer:
    • added support for parsing Malaysian Passport IMM13P MRZ type, reading of special characters must be enabled by using MRTDRecognizerSettings.setAllowSpecialCharacters
    • enabled reading of MRZ with '-' characters (non-default setting), to enable this use method MRTDRecognizerSettings.setAllowSpecialCharacters

Bug fixes:

  • fixed rare crash in MRTDRecognizer

3.15.1

Bug fixes:

  • fixed returning of face image when using UnitedArabEmiratesIDFrontRecognizer:
    • fixed face image position

3.15.0

New features:

  • added support for reading front side of Hong Kong ID - use HongKongIDFrontRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading front and back side of Colombian ID - use ColombiaIDFrontRecognizerSettings and ColombiaIDBackRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading front and back side of United Arab Emirates ID - use UnitedArabEmiratesIDFrontRecognizerSettings and UnitedArabEmiratesIDBackRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading front side of New Zealand drivers license - use NewZealandDLFrontRecognizerSettings

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved MRTDRecognizer:
    • improved reading of Belgium ID MRZ OPT2 field
    • added support for reading Belgium MRZ with partial date of birth - MRTDRecognizerSettings.setAllowUnverifiedResults() must be set to true
    • added support for reading Kenya MRZ - MRTDRecognizerSettings.setAllowUnverifiedResults() must be set to true
  • improved MyKadFrontSideRecognizer and MyTenteraRecognizer:
    • better reading of name field
    • better reading of address field
  • when setting DPI for full document image in concrete recognizer settings that has method setFullDocumentImageDPI, exception is thrown if DPI value is not in the expected range [100, 400]

Bug fixes:

  • fixed NullPointerException in RecognizerView caused by race condition that happens when quickly restarting camera manager
  • fixed a crash in Templating API caused by using a MultiDetector with DetectorRecognizer

3.14.0

New features:

  • added support for reading back side of Malaysian MyKad - use MyKadBackSideRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading Malaysian MyTentera documents - use MyTenteraRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading Malaysian MyTentera documents with MyKad recognizer - use MyKadFrontSideRecognizerSettings and enable reading of army number
  • added support for setting DPI for full document images returned by MyKadFrontSideRecognizerMyKadBackSideRecognizerMyTenteraRecognizer and IKadRecognizer:
    • use setFullDocumentImageDPI on the corresponding recognizer settings

Minor API changes:

  • renamed MyKadRecognizerSettings and MyKadRecognitionResult to MyKadFrontSideRecognizerSettings and MyKadFrontSideRecognitionResult and moved them to com.microblink.recognizers.blinkid.malaysia.mykad.front package
  • moved IKadRecognizerSettings and IKadRecognitionResult to com.microblink.recognizers.blinkid.malaysia.ikad package

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved AustralianDLFrontSideRecognizer:
    • improved reading of names and addresses
    • added support for reading first names with more words
  • improved SingaporeIDFrontRecognizer:
    • tuned ID card data extraction positions
  • improved Malaysian IKadRecognizer:
    • better reading of date of expiry and employer fields

Bug fixes:

  • fixed crash in DocumentFaceRecognizer

3.13.0

New features:

  • added support for reading back side of new Australian Driver's licence for state Victoria - use AustralianDLBackSideRecognizerSettings
  • added support for reading front side of Indonesian ID - use IndonesianIDFrontRecognizerSettings
  • added support for Malaysian visa with document code TS - use MRTDRecognizerSettings
  • introduced MRTDSpecification and method setMRTDSpecifications on MRTDRecognizerSettings and MRTDDetectorSettings:
    • detection is limited only to document type specified with MRTDSpecification
    • when MRTDSpecifications are set, results will be returned only for specified MRTD documents
    • MRTDSpecification can be created by using MRTDSpecification.createFromPreset, available presets are: MRTD_SPECIFICATION_TD1MRTD_SPECIFICATION_TD2 and MRTD_SPECIFICATION_TD3
  • added support for setting DPI for full document images returned by MRTDRecognizerAustralianDLFrontSideRecognizerAustralianDLBackSideRecognizer and EUDLRecognizer:
    • use setFullDocumentImageDPI on the corresponding recognizer settings

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved reading of Malaysian MyKad address

3.12.0

New features:

  • added support for scanning front and back side of Polish ID - use PolishIDFrontSideRecognizerSettingsPolishIDBackSideRecognizerSettings and PolishIDCombinedRecognizerSettings
  • new document specification presets in DocumentSpecificationPreset enum:DOCUMENT_SPECIFICATION_PRESET_ID1_VERTICAL_CARD and DOCUMENT_SPECIFICATION_PRESET_ID2_VERTICAL_CARD - use DocumentSpecification.createFromPreset method to create document specification for detector
  • EUDLRecognizer can return face image from the driver's license
  • warning for time limited license keys when using provided activities, custom UI integration or Direct API:
    • the goal is to prevent unintentional publishing of application to production with the trial license key that will expire
    • warning toast can be disabled by using EXTRAS_SHOW_TIME_LIMITED_LICENSE_KEY_WARNING intent extra, RecognizerView.setLicenseKeyTimeLimitedWarningEnabled method when custom UI integration is used and Recognizer.setLicenseKeyTimeLimitedWarningEnabled method when Direct API is used

Minor API changes:

  • DocumentSpecification does not have method setPhysicalSizeInInches any more
  • DocumentDetectorResult does not contain information about screen orientation any more
  • QuadDetectorWithSizeResult is renamed to QuadWithSizeDetectorResult

Improvements for existing features:

  • improved face detection in DocumentFaceRecognizer: stable detection is required to prevent returning of blurred images
  • improved reading of Malaysian MyKad documents:
    • improved reading and parsing of address fields: previously recognizer was unable to read some documents because of the expected address format
  • improved reading of Malaysian visas and work permits
  • better reading of dates on Australian Driver's Licence

Bug fixes:

  • fixed crash in GermanIDBackSideRecognitionResult caused by ProGuard obfuscation, when it is not declared in ProGuard rules to keep the result constructor
  • fixed crash in MRTDCombinedRecognizer: recognizer does not support glare detection

3.11.0

New features:

  • added support for scanning front and back side of Swiss ID - use SwissIDFrontSideRecognizerSettings and SwissIDBackSideRecognizerSettings 
  • added support for reading front side of new Australian Driver's licence for state Victoria - use AustralianDLFrontSideRecognizerSettings
  • introduced MRZFilter:
    • use MRTDRecognizerSettings to enable it on MRTDRecognizer
    • determines whether document should be processed or it is filtered out, based on its MRZ (Machine Readable Zone)
  • added QuadDetectorWithSizeResult which inherits existing QuadDetectorResult:
    • it's subclasses are DocumentDetectorResult and MRTDDetectorResult
    • returns information about physical size (height) in inches of the detected location when physical size is known
  • introduced GlareDetector which is by default used in all recognizers whose settings implement GlareDetectorOptions:
    • when glare is detected, OCR will not be performed on the affected document position to prevent errors in the extracted data
    • if the glare detector is used and obtaining of glare metadata is enabled in MetadataSettings, glare status will be reported to MetadataListener
    • glare detector can be disabled by using setDetectGlare(boolean) method on the recognizer settings

Minor API changes:

  • BlinkOCRRecognizerSettings is now deprecated and will be removed in v4.0.0
    • use DetectorRecognizerSettings to perform scanning of templated documents
    • use BlinkInputRecognizerSettings for segment scan or for full-screen OCR
    • until v4.0.0BlinkOCRRecognizerSettings will behave as before, however you are encouraged to update your code not to use it anymore
  • DocumentClassifier interface is moved from com.microblink.recognizers.blinkocr to com.microblink.recognizers.detector package and DocumentClassifier.classifyDocument() now accepts DetectorRecognitionResult as parameter for document classification
  • USDLRecognizerSettings:
    • removed option to scan 1D Code39 and Code128 barcodes on driver's licenses that contain those barcodes alongside PDF417 barcode

Improvements for existing features

  • improved date parsing:
    • affects date parser and all recognizers which perform date parsing
  • added support for reading mirrored QR codes:
    • affects all recognizers that perform QR code scanning
  • improved CroatianIDBackSideRecognizer:
    • better extraction of fields on back side of the Croatian ID card
  • improved USDLRecognizer:
    • added support for new USDL standard

Bug fixes:

  • fixed crash in QR code reading
  • fixed returning valid data for MRZ based recognizers when not all fields outside of the MRZ have been scanned

3.10.1

Bug fixes:

  • fixed pareclization of BlinkOCREngineOptions:
    • when defining character whitelist chosen character font has been incorrectly passed to native code
    • affects code where character whitelist is defined through BlinkOCREngineOptions for used parsers (e.g. Templating API)

3.10.0

New features:

  • added support for scanning Austrian passports - use AustrianPassportRecognizerSettings
  • added support for scanning Swiss passports - use SwissPassportRecognizerSettings
  • added support for scanning Mexican Voting Cards - use MRTDRecognizerSettings

Minor API changes:

  • RegexParserSettings and RawParserSettings now work with AbstractOCREngineOptions, which is a base class of BlinkOCREngineOptions
    • default engine options returned by method getOcrEngineOptions for both parser settings return instance of BlinkOCREngineOptions

Improvements for existing features

  • improved address parsing on Malaysian iKad documents
    • affects only iKad recognizer (represented by IKadRecognizerSettings)
  • added support for scanning non-expiring Croatian ID documents
    • affects:
      • Croatian ID front recognizer (represented by CroatianIDFrontSideRecognizerSettings) - date of expiry is keyword TRAJNO
      • Croatian ID back recognizer (represented by CroatianIDBackSideRecognizerSettings) - date of expiry inside MRZ is 991231
      • Croatian ID combined recognizer (represented by CroatianIDCombinedRecognizerSettings)

Bug fixes:

  • fixed occassional crash in MRTD detection algorithm
    • this affects both MRTD Recognizer (represented by MRTDRecognizerSettings) and MRTD Detector(represented by MRTDDetectorSettings)

3.9.0

  • bugfix in Croatian ID scanning:
    • ensured that OIB number is not returned for old ID cards, where it does not exist
  • added Czech and Slovak translations
  • Date fields in recognition results are returned as com.microblink.results.date.Date class which represents immutable dates that are consisted of day, month and year
  • improved IbanParser:
    • improved extraction of IBANs without prefix and introduced setAlwaysReturnPrefix option to always return prefix (country code)
    • added support for french IBANs
  • enabled reading of Pdf417 barcodes having width/height bar aspect ratio less than 2:1
  • Added VinRecognizer for scanning VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) barcodes
  • Added unified BarcodeRecognizer for scanning various tipes of barcodes
    • ZXingRecognizerBarDecoderRecognizer and AztecRecognizer are deprecatedBarcodeRecognizer should be used for all barcode types that are supported by these recognizers
  • OcrLine.getChars() method returns CharWithVariants array. OCR char is defined by all its parameters (value, font, position, quality, etc.) and for each resulting char it is possible to have multiple variants. For example it is possible to have same char value with different font.
  • Fixed bug in SegmentScanActivity:
    • scan results are no longer hidden on shake event
  • improved IKadRecognizer:
    • added support for long addresses and employer names
    • fixed returning of full document images as metadata
  • improved Singapore ID Recognizers:
    • tuned reading positions
    • more accurate reading of name and blood type fields
  • improved Slovak ID Recognizers:
    • tuned reading positions of ID elements
    • improved reading precision of address, place of birth, last name and issuing authority
    • added options to disable/enable extraction of certain fields in recognizer settings
    • result getters getPersonalIdentificationNumber() and getIssuingAuthority() are renamed to getPersonalNumber() and getIssuedBy()
  • Renamed RomanianIDFrontSideRecognitionResult element getters for Sex and Nationality outside of the MRZ to getNonMRZNationality() and getNonMRZSex()
  • For Austrian ID Recognizers added options to disable/enable extraction of certain fields in recognizer settings

3.8.1

  • improved CombinedRecognizers:
    • better handling of names containing dashes and extra long names
  • improved TopUpParser:
    • added option to return USSD code without prefix
  • by default MRTDRecognizer does not return results with incorrect check digits

3.8.0

  • introduced ability to create minimum-size AAR
    • a separate static library distribution now exists which contains a script that you can configure with features you need and it creates a AAR file which only contains features you need - this includes minimum-size native binary and only required assets. The rest (resources and java classes) can be thrown-away by ProGuard.
  • LibBlinkID is now fully ProGuard-compatible, i.e. you no longer need to exclude com.microblink.** classes in your ProGuard configuration
  • removed support for Android 2.3 and Android 4.0 - minimum required Android version is now Android 4.1 (API level 16)
  • removed isItalic and isBold getters from OcrChar class
    • they always returned false, since OCR engine cannot accurately detect that
  • removed setLineGroupingEnabled and isLineGroupingEnabled from BlinkOCREngineOptions because disabling line grouping completely destroyed the OCR accuracy
  • added GermanIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the German ID

3.7.1

  • prefixed custom attributes to avoid name collisions with attributes from other libraries:
    • CameraViewGroup: renamed animateRotation to mb_animateRotation, animationDuration to mb_animationDuration, rotatable to mb_rotatable
    • BaseCameraView: renamed initialOrientation to mb_initialOrientation, aspectMode to mb_aspectMode
  • improved MRTDRecognizer:
    • WSA (World Goverment of World Citizens) added as valid country code when parsing MRZ
  • added USDLCombinedRecognizer: scans face image and USDL barcode

3.7.0

  • updated German ID recognizers:

    • instead of GermanIDMRZSideRecognizer, which was used for scanning front side of the older ID cards and back side of the new ID cards, there are two specialised recognizers: GermanIDBackSideRecognizer and GermanOldIDRecognizer
    • improved scanning accuracy of the GermanIDFrontSideRecognizer (name and surname)
    • splitting address from back side of the new German ID (GermanIDBackSideRecognizer) to ZIP code, city, street and house number
  • better support for German passports: GermanPassportRecognizer reads passport data from MRZ and fields outside of the MRZ

  • splitting address in MyKadRecognizer to street, ZIP code, city and state

  • improved Croatian ID recognizers:

    • multiple scans are used for better confidence
  • TopUpParser improvements

  • DateParser can parse dates with month names in English (either full or abbreviated), if this option is enabled

  • added support for polish IBAN without PL prefix to IBANParser

  • fixed returning of images inside TemplatingAPI for frames when document was not correctly detected

  • introduced combined recognizers:

    • AustrianIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Austrian ID
    • CroatianIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Croatian ID
    • CzechIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Czech ID
    • MRTDCombinedRecognizer: scans face image from any type of the document and Machine Readable Zone
    • SerbianIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Serbian ID
    • SingaporeIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Singapore ID
    • SlovakIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Slovak ID
    • SlovenianIDCombinedRecognizer: scans front and back side of the Slovenian ID

    Combined recognizers can be used for scanning multiple parts/sides of the document in predefined order. They combine results from individual scans to boost accuracy and merge them into the final result.

  • added VerificationFlowActivity which is designed for scanning multiple parts/sides of the document by using provided combined recognizers

  • optimised native binary size

    • 15% size reduction for arm64-v8a ABI
    • 14% size reduction for x86 ABI
    • 13% size reduction for armeabi-v7a and `x86_64 ABIs

3.6.0

  • added AztecRecognizer for scanning Aztec barcodes
  • improved TopUpParser:
    • added suport for 14 digits long sim numbers in addition to existing lengths (12, 19, 20)

3.5.0

  • MobileCouponsParser is renamed to TopUpParser
  • improved TopUpParser:
    • added option to enable all prefixes at the same time (generic prefix)
  • fixed layouting of provided SegmentScanActivity and RandomScanActivity in multi-window mode
  • added SimNumberRecognizer which scans SIM numbers from barcodes
  • improved MRTDRecognizer:
    • better support for arab MRZ
  • updated CroatianIDFrontSideRecognizer:
    • returning sex as written on front side of a document
  • added support for scanning front side of Romanian ID cards

3.4.1

  • improved multi-window camera support
  • fix layouting of default activities in multi-window mode
  • fixed problem with front side Singapore recognizer

3.4.0

  • improved quality of german ID address recognition
  • added support for extracting place of birth on old German IDs
  • added support for scanning IBAN from Georgia in Segment Scan
  • added support for cancelling ongoing DirectAPI recognition call
  • added option to allow unverified results for MRTDRecognizer:
    • by using method setAllowUnverifiedResults in MRTDRecognizerSettings, it is possible to allow obtaining of results with incorrect check digits
  • Singapore ID recognizer is split in two recognizers - one for front and one for back side
  • added Belgian account number check to IBAN parser
  • added support for Android 7 multi-window mode
  • fixed autofocus bug on Huawei Honor 8
  • fixed black camera on Motorola Moto Z
  • made camera focusing more stable on some devices
    • stable means less "jumpy" when searching for focused image
  • added support for receiving of GlareMetadata which informs user that there is too much glare for performing recognition of ID document

3.3.0

  • removed RecognizerView method setInitialScanningPaused. For achieving the same functionality, method pauseScanning should be used.
  • added support for scanning IBANs that contain spaces and dashes
  • improved MRTDRecognizer: when obtaining of full document images is enabled with setShowFullDocument method, recognizer returns result only after the document image has been returned.

3.2.0

  • fixed camera management on LG X Cam
  • improved IBAN parser
  • LibRecognizer.aar renamed to LibBlinkID.aar
  • added support for scanning Slovenian IDs
  • fixed crash on ARMv7 devices when using ImageListener
  • added support for drawing MRZ detection result

3.1.0

  • US Driver's Licence:
    • fixed parsing of Virgin Islands DL
    • added support for Arkansas DL
    • added support for new South Carolina DL
  • Malaysian ID:
    • added support for returning face image
    • fixed wrong parsing of birth date
  • fixed rare NPE in SegmentScanActivity
  • workaround for camera bug on some samsung devices

3.0.0

  • added MobileCouponsParser for reading prepaid codes from mobile phone coupons
  • DateParser returns result as java Date object and as original date String
  • added method getSpecificParsedResult to TemplatingRecognitionResult (BlinkOCRRecognitionResult) which returns specific parser results, e.g. java Date for DateParser
  • added support for scanning front and back side of Serbian ID cards
  • added support for scanning Malaysian iKad documents
  • migrated to libc++ native runtime and used clang from NDKr12b for building the native code
    • this enabled c++14 features which will help us yield much better performance in the future

2.9.0

  • added support for scanning front and back side of Slovak ID cards
  • added support for scanning front and back side of German ID cards
  • added support for Austrian DL
  • improved support for scanning Croatian ID cards
  • fixed crashes on Nexus 6 (Android 7.0)

2.8.0

  • enabled reading of longer ITF barcodes
  • added support for Malaysian visa
  • added support for Malaysian work permits

2.7.1

  • added support for Alberta (Canada) DL

2.7.0

  • added support for scanning front and back side of Austrian ID cards
  • added support for scanning front and back side of Czech ID cards
  • improved support for scanning Croatian ID cards
  • Singapore ID scanning now works even when scanning ID which is positioned upside down
  • in templating API recognition data does not need to be valid anymore in classification step
  • added support for scanning MRZ of green cards
  • support for parsing Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs)
  • support for parsing vehicle licence plates
  • renamed BlinkOCRActivity to SegmentScanActivity
  • added RandomScanActivity which is similar to SegmentScanActivity but it does not force the user to scan text segments in the predefined order
  • improved autofocus support on SGS6 and SGS7
  • fixed memory leak in RecognitionProcessCallback, leak was caused by Recognizer singleton holding reference to both Context and MetadataListener even after termination

2.6.0

  • added support for templating API
    • templating API gives you possiblity to combine various detectors with parsers and thus create your own recognizer that can recognize any type of document
    • check updated BlinkID demo app for example of how templating API could be used to scan both front and rear side of croatian ID cards
  • updated BlinkOCRActivity:
    • ScanConfiguration can now define following new features:
      • whether this configuration is required or optional
      • size of field displayed
  • added support for scanning North Carolina driver license barcodes
  • added support for following MRZ codes:
    • austrian ID
    • kuwait ID
    • pakistani ID
  • added recognizers specialized for scanning front and back side of Croatian ID cards
    • although this can be achieved using templating API, we also added dedicated recognizers for convenience
  • added support for scanning Singapore ID cards

2.5.0

  • FailedDetectionMetadata, PointsDetectionMetadata and QuadDetectionMetadata have been replaced with DetectionMetadata which now holds a DetectorResult
    • DetectorResult is more flexible as it allows more different detection types to be added in future
  • fixed several possible crashes in camera management
  • fixed autofocus bug on LG devices when metering areas or non-default zoom level were set
  • fixed autofocus bug on LG G4 (not related to bug above)
  • fixed bug which caused document number to have zeros and Os misrecognized, even if OCR was 100% correct

2.4.0

  • fixed ANR on Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VE
  • added RegexParser which can parse almost any regular expression from OCR result

2.3.1

  • fixed bug in parsing dates from German's Driver's licenses

2.3.0

  • reconfigureRecognizers method now throws an error if phone does not have autofocus and at least one of new recognizers require it
  • raw resources are now packed as assets
  • fixed bug with isScanningPaused which sometimes returned bogus value and caused scanning to work even if initial scanning was set to be paused
  • support for scanning custom camera frames via DirectAPI
  • added support for scanning german driver licences
    • this is achieved by renaming UKDL recognizer to EUDL recognizer which now supports both UK driver's licences and german driver's licences
    • this recognizer will be expanded in future with support for other DL's from European contries
  • fixed bug on some devices causing it to never start scanning if device was not shaken
  • increased OCR engine initialisation speed
  • improved Frame Quality Estimation on low-end devices (fixed regression introduced in v1.7.0)
  • added new options to BlinkOcrEngineOptions

2.2.0

  • support detecting on activity flip event
  • fix recognition of long names in MyKad ID cards
  • fixed crash in RecognizerCompatibility on ARMv7 without NEON
  • added RecognizerCompatibility to javadoc
  • added Sony Xperia L to OpenGL blacklist
  • fixed NPE in BarcodeDetailedData

2.1.0

  • added Detector Recognizer which gives you ability to use one of provided detectors to obtain location of object in camera frame or in image
  • improved performance of conversion of Image object into Bitmap
  • added support for obtaining image of scanned MyKad document
  • added support for obtaining image of scanned UKDL document
  • added support for scanning MyKad document via DirectAPI
  • fixed crash that could be caused by quickly restarting camera activity
  • fixed bug in camera layout in certain aspect ratios of camera view
  • fixed bug in segment scan when put on landscape activity
  • added support for scanning MRTD with wrong checkdigit on date field
  • fixed bug in handling setMeteringAreas
  • setMeteringAreas now receives boolean indicating whether set areas should be rotated with device
  • added support for specifying camera aspect mode from XML

2.0.0

  • new API which is easier to understand, but is not backward compatible. Please check README and updated demo applications for more information.
  • removed support for ARMv7 devices which do not support NEON SIMD
    • this enabled us to increase recognition speed at cost of not supporting old devices like those using NVIDIA Tegra 2
    • you can check this article for more information about NEON and why we use it
  • added official support for Android 6.0 and it's runtime camera permissions
    • if using provided activities, the logic behind asking user to give camera permission is handled internally
    • if integrating using custom UI, you are required to ask user to give you permission to use camera. To make this easier, we have provided a CameraPermissionManager class which does all heavylifting code about managing states when asking user for camera permission. Refer to demo apps to see how it is used.
  • BlinkID now depends on appcompat-v7 library, instead of full android-support library.
    • even older versions of BlinkID required only features from appcompat-v7 so we now decided to make appcompat-v7 as dependency because it is much smaller than full support library and is also default dependency of all new Android apps.
  • added support for scanning front side of Malaysian MyKad documents
  • completely rewritten JNI bridge between Java and native code
    • this caused almost 3x increase in recognition performance in our internal tests
  • fixed camera orientation bug on Nexus 5X
  • DirectAPI no longer recycles Bitmap after performing recognition of it
    • this now gives you the possibility to reuse the Bitmap after it has been recognised
  • IMPORTANT - onScanningDone callback method does not automatically pause scanning loop anymore. As soon as onScanningDone method ends, scanning will be automatically resumed without resetting state
    • if you need to reset state, please call resetRecognitionState in your implementation of onScanningDone
    • if you need to have scanning paused after onScanningDone ends, please call pauseScanning in your implementation of onScanningDone. Do not forget to call resumeScanning to resume scanning after it has been paused.
  • pauseScanning and resumeScanning calls are now counted, i.e. if you call pauseScanning twice, you will also need to call resumeScanning twice to actually resume scanning
    • this is practical if you show multiple onboarding views over camera and you want the scanning paused while each is shown and you do not know in which order they will be dismissed. Now you can simply call pauseScanning on showing the onboarding view and resumeScanning on dismissing it, regardless of how many onboarding views you have
    • if you want to show onboarding help first time your scan activity starts, you can call setInitialScanningPaused(true) which will ensure that first time camera is started, the scanning will not automatically start - you will need to call resumeScanning to start scanning after your onboarding view is dismissed
  • added support for x86_64 architecture

1.9.0

  • fixed autofocus issue on devices that do not support continuous autofocus
  • improved performance and quality of United Kingdom's Driver's Licence scanning
  • improved OCR quality when scanning documents with machine readable zone
  • support for defining camera video resolution preset
    • to define video resolution preset via Intent, use BlinkOCRActivity.EXTRAS_CAMERA_VIDEO_PRESET
    • to define video resolution preset on RecognizerView, use method setVideoResolutionPreset

1.8.0

  • added support for scanning barcodes with BlinkID
  • added support for performing raw OCR with BlinkID
  • improved USDL barcode parsing
    • better handling of FullName, FullAddress, Height and Weight of cardholder
  • fixed crash in USDL parser
  • fixed race condition causing memory leak or rare crashes
  • fixed NullPointerException in BaseCameraView.dispatchTouchEvent
  • fixed bug that caused returning scan result from old video frame
  • fixed NullPointerException in camera2 management
  • fixed rare race condition in gesture recognizer
  • fixed segmentation fault on recognizer reconfiguration operation
  • fixed freeze when camera was being quickly turned on and off
  • ensured RecognizerView lifecycle methods are called on UI thread
  • ensure onCameraPreviewStarted is not called if camera is immediately closed after start before the call should have taken place
  • ensure onScanningDone is not called after RecognizerView has been paused, even if it had result ready just before pausing
  • added support for using BlinkID as camera capture API. To do that, implement following:
    • when using RecognizerView do not call setRecognitionSettings or call it with null or empty array
    • implement ImageListener interface and set the listener with setImageListener
    • as a reminder - you can process video frames obtained that way using DirectAPI method recognizeImageWithSettings
  • added BlinkIDDemoCustomSegmentScan demo app that demonstrates advanced integration of SegmentScan feature within custom scan activity. It also demonstrates how to perform generic OCR of full camera frame, how to draw OCR results on screen and how to obtain OcrResult object for further processing.
  • all demo apps now use Maven integration method because it is much easier than importing AAR manually

1.7.1

  • fixed NullPointerException when RecognizerSettings array element was null
  • fixed black rectangle bug on some devices

1.7.0

1.6.0

  • removed support for ARMv5 and ARMv6 processors (armeabi) because of their very poor scanning performance
  • optimized MRZ text extraction algorithm - 0-O confusion now does not cause extremely long processing that resulted in freezing the device
  • updated documentation with use cases for which BlinkID is applicable
  • fixed crash in DirectAPI when recognizer was terminated in the middle of recognition process

1.5.0

  • support for defining camera aspect mode via intent
  • removed autoscale setting from USDL recognizer - autoscale is now always used
  • added MRZ detector to MRTD recognizer - Machine Readable Zone location can now be detected almost everywhere on the image

1.4.0

  • added support for defining region for scanning MRZ
  • added support for scanning UK Driver's Licence, check README for details
  • improved parsing of MRZ (Machine Readable Zones)
  • support for defining camera zoom level
  • fixed NPE when null SuccessCallback was given

1.3.1

  • Improved parsing of some problematic US Driver's Licence barcodes

1.3.0

  • Added support for non-standard issuing authorities

1.2.0

1.1.0

  • added support for obtaining complete unparsed MRZ lines
  • fixed crash on Motorola Lex755 and Sony Xperia Z

1.0.1

  • Support for two-letter country codes

1.0.0

  • Support for MRZ formats in passports and ID cards
  • Support for integration via Maven
  • Documentation update

0.6.0

  • Scanning support for MRZ formats
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