November 2020 Update

November 2020 Update

November 11, 2020
A series of cards from V7 Darwin

Workforce Managers

Assign one to a dataset and they'll manage it! Workforce Managers allow teams add external users to datasets without giving them User-level access to other information. V7's workforce partners can now add managers to individual datasets in a team, who are allowed to:
✅ invite & remove workers, browse dataset, assign images, set up new dataset, and edit settings
But are not allowed to:
❌ Permanently delete data, export raw image data, view team member contact details, and view any other dataset they haven't been added to.

Are you not the reading type? There's a video explanation below.

Colorful Tooling


Data should have color. We follow this design principle at V7 so users can spot data from other interface elements. All tools now reflect their selected class color when being used. Crosshairs are also more visible in greyscale images, and the appearance of points was improved.

Syncing Filters


Selections carry over between workview and dataset management! This means you can filter and sort by any parameter directly from workview, or set them in Dataset mgt and have them carried over to workview. As a result, many more filtering options were added directly within Workview.

Stage-Specific Filters


We're glad to see users taking full advantage of workflows! Some teams have as many as 10 annotation stages in their flows.
To facilitate this, we have added stage filters that allow you to only display images that are at a specific workflow stage.

Move Annotations, Points with your Keyboard


Try this:
Press TAB to cycle annotations.
Press § to cycle points
Use the Arrow Keys to move annotations or points
Hold Shift to move them faster.

This can help power users making bounding-boxes and keypoint skeletons place and edit their annotations without lifting their hands from the keyboard.

Priority


A much requested feature. You can now set the priority  of an image. A default 1-5 option is available (5 being highest) but you can also set any arbitrary number you wish.
Priority can be used in creative ways, both for task ranking, or as a sorting medium. You can sort by priority, and auto-assign by priority! Allowing you to define the queue of files to first be processed by workers.

More Features and Improvements

New Features  

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The video timeline height is now adjustable! Drag its upper edge to make it taller or shorter. Frame widths are also adjustable via a slider above the timeline.

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Rejection changes carry forward! Or backwards technically. When a reviewer rejects an image, any changes they applied are now saved before the image is sent back to the previous annotator for them to review and learn from.

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Panning has been sped up 50%

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Dropped frames no more! Improvements to video processing now make dropping/skipping frames on large/heavy videos impossible.

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A new notification system now notifies of comments and replies, as well as rejections and assignments.

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You can now allow or prevent workers from creating new attributes via a new toggle in Dataset>Settings.

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Darwin's extracted frame files (full quality PNGs) from videos are now available for download in Darwin JSON format. This way you can train on either image stills or video files from the same export or dataset.

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DICOM OT files are now supported


Performance Improvements  

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Pagination was improved in workview to avoid harsh jumps in image orders.

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The brush tool’s performance was significantly increased. It interpolates better and requires less compute.

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Video performance on annotation-heavy data was greatly improved

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Image counting was sped up, which avoids Dataset loading times being long.

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The max size of JSON uploads is now larger at 32MB.


Fixes

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Placing a tag on a video no longer causes timeline overlaps in workview.

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Archiving and deleting permissions were updated for users.

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 Assigning un-uploaded items is no longer possible to avoid assignment bugs.

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Fixed a bug where workers could see datasets they didn’t belong to if the dataset was open

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Open datasets now show Skeletons

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User avatars now display correctly in drop down menus.

October Update

A series of cards from V7 Darwin

Hold on, wasn't the last update called the August update? We decided to roll naming forward by 1 month since we release these updates between months, and it's better to name it after the month to look forward to!

Welcome to the October 2020 update.

A Fast Ellipse Tool

We developed an ellipse tool that doesn't drive users crazy. Set 1 diameter first, then move a second anchor while rotating the oval if needed. It's quite intuitive, and we hope you will like it too.
A few tips when trying it:

  • Click and hold a point on the edge to reshape and rotate the ellipse.
  • Hold SHIFT to increase its scale along the diameter you are pulling
  • Hold ALT to move two radii along the centroid.
  • Hold CTRL to reset its shape to a perfect circle.

Ultrasounds


DICOM ultrasounds in RGB and YBR color space are now supported! Alongside the new windowing features and color maps, this ought to make sonography researchers happy.

RGB Image & Video Windowing


One of my personal favourites. Open the Image Manipulation panel to access a new set of controls for light windowing. This feature previously only available in DICOM is can now be used in regular image & video to enhancethe visibility of dark or light images and reveal invisible details in microscopy data.

Color Maps


Magically turn your data into a spectral view. Combined with windowing, you can use this feature to easily spot faint defects, faded text, or minute gradient changes and label them to create super-human vision AIs.

Hide by Author and Class


A new menu was added to workview allowing you to
- Hide all labels of a specific class.
- Hide all labels made by a specific user
- Delete all non-hidden annotations in one click.

Superior Polygon Interpolation


Any-shape Polygon interpolation is HARD! We think we finally got it to a perfect state. It is now switched on by default for any videos, so go and create your real-time semantic segmentation videos!

A series of cards from V7 Darwin

Too many updates to fit in the previous post. Here are a couple more:

Rename, Reorder Stages


Use this to give names to workflow stages, like "Tagging stage" or "Doctor pass 1". You can also shuffle them around! Your sampling settings are carried with yoru stage as you relocate it.

Sort Datasets by Filename


Nothing more to add to this one! This is a preview of new task-assignment filters to come soon.

More Features and Improvements

 New Features  

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 You can now select Native as a frame-rate option for video.

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 A checkbox in Dataset Settings now allows the same Worker to complete more than 1 stage on an image (eg Annotate, Review)

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 You can now copy classes across datasets!

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 You can upload tag labels to video using the new importer csv_tags_video

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 You can download images via CLI maintaining the folder structure using the --folders flag

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 Statistics view is now available for Workers.

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 The COCO export now works with bounding boxes


 Performance Improvements  

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 Disconnections now warn the user

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 The Tag Applier in workview now re-sizes more intelligently based on how many tags are present on the image and within the dataset.

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 Countermeasures for brute-force login access have been improved.

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 V7 Darwin is now monitors threats via AWS GuardDuty (in addition to our existing security stack)

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 You can now delete export versions from the interface.

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 Video exports have been sped up 10x

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 Listing datasets has been sped up

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 Stages are now correctly assigned to the editor when removing a tag.

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 Generating an export that won’t support the selected file types now presents a proper error message.

 

Fixes  

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 Fixed an issue with tiling ultra-large images that affected SVS files.

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 Videos are now correctly sortable by file-size

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 Fixed an issue where video exports were including unnecessary metadata and caused interpolation issues.

August update

A series of cards from V7 Darwin

Customize your Workflow

One of our most requested features. You can now set any annotation or review stage you wish, and edit it at any point in your project. You can now create multiple review stages, or several annotation steps that precede reviews.

You'll find these new options in the Settings tab of each dataset.

DICOM is Here!


That's right, V7 Darwin is now a fully fledged medical imaging viewer with built in AI annotation tools and workflow management.

You can now load medical images, including 3D MRI/CT scans in DICOM format, label them collaboratively, and assign them to doctors for review.

This is the first of multiple medical imaging-related updates, so we're keen to hear your feedback! We have more planned for the near future.

Yes, we did include windowing options! So you can see the full range of details in your scans, see below:

Windowing: See what your monitor can't show you.


Normal images contain 250 colors for each channel, but some, like DICOM or other multi-spectral imagery, can contain thousands.

Your screen however can't show you details beyond the 1-250 values that its pixels can display. Windowing allows you to reveal details in medical and scientific imaging that your monitor, and the human eye, normally cannot see.

Windowing options are available for all image types in the Image Manipulation panel.

Sampling %


Alongside multiple workflow stages, we also included random sampling options per stage AND per user!

Pick the % chance that an image completed in a stage, or by a user, will be picked for the subsequent stage. This will significantly streamline QA, with the most experienced labellers requiring less review attention, and new one starting with a higher sampling rate.

Hiding Skeleton Joints


Sometimes a vertice in a skeleton or custom polygon is occluded, for example Simon's legs in this picture. You can now press  Backspace  on a selected joint to hide it.
It will turn grey, and can be restored via the Edit tool, or with the shortcut  Shift + R  .

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 You can now upload labelled videos! Video annotations can be loaded via API. Read the documentation for it.

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 Video keyframes now save sub-annotations, so they do not have to be set for each new frame.

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 Video keyframes now support Instance IDs, so you can track and re-identify objects between video files

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  Original video files are now available in the export JSON, alongside the full-res frames

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 Instance IDs and attributes can now be applied to skeletons.

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 Comments are carried over across new workflows

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New warning windows notify users of an expired free trial or credits plan. These windows contain links to the appropriate plans page.

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 An orange “External” tag is visible on images belonging to external S3 storage buckets, for teams with bespoke storage arrangements.

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 A new polygon rendering library speeds up the browsing of annotation-dense images. This is the first of multiple updates on faster polygon rendering.

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  Sped up the opening/closing of instructions, hotkeys, and image manipulation panels and reduced annoying animations.

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  Minor UX improvement on the plans tab when changing credits. A warning message is displayed when downgrading below a used amount.
 

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 The Annotator user class was renamed to Worker to avoid confusion (since workers can also be reviewers)

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  Film overlay added to video files in the workview carousel to distinguish them from images.


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  Fixed a bug that prevented the permanent deletion of videos.

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  Deleting a folder of video frames now correctly deletes all the frames within it.

July Update

A series of cards from V7 Darwin

A Brand New Video Annotation Experience

We've listened to feedback, explored professional video-editing software, tested out motion-capture suites, and worked on designing the smoothest video annotation experience in the market.

When uploading a video, you will now be asked whether you want to label it either as a video, or series of frames. If you choose the former, you'll enter V7's brand new video annotation experience. Every type of label interpolates, and can be adjusted in an interactive timeline.

There's a lot that has gone into this new system, take a look at this introductory video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik-V7PbgfPY

Skeleton Keypoints


You can now concatenate keypoints into a skeleton, this will allow you to create custom polygons that fit specific shapes. These can also be used in video for pose estimation datasets.

Check out this brief explainer video on Keypoint Skeletons:https://youtu.be/q17gqr0EIUQ

Better Billing Controls


You've told us that what you are looking for is flexibility, and easy control of your plans. We've listened to your feedback and worked on a whole new billing system.

Increase or decrease your monthly capacity at any point directly from your Team Settings. Oh, also Admins can now access and increase billing capacity without having to contact a Team Owner.

Pricing Updates

Four months ago we announced pricing changes that would affect V7 Darwin. These include a reduction to hourly credit prices, and volume discounting which you can access directly from the Plans tab.
Alongside hourly credit reductions, Auto-Annotate and other annotation automation functions now shares the Annotation credit pool. For example, Auto-Annotate polygons consume the equivalent of 1/100th of a credit when completed. You can find updated pricing information at https://v7labs.com/pricing or in your Plans tab.

Smoothening things up


Keep an eye out for your heaviest images - we've spent significant time boosting the performance of how we render data and annotation. To your feedback, we're creating an even faster way of navigating through increasingly larger images and video.

A Bigger & More Stable Brush


The brush tool is now far more stable and has a larger maximum size. You can now scribble across the image to your heart's content!

A Polygon & Skeleton Editor


We've made it easy to define the shape, connection, and point names of skeletons and custom polygons. You can now do so in the Class Creation window.

If you haven't already seen it via the link below, here is a video on Keypoint Skeletons on V7 Darwin:https://youtu.be/q17gqr0EIUQ

More Features and Improvements

Feature
Comments can now be resolved by users equal or below the author.
Feature
Annotators can now access in-workflow filters
Feature
Layer re-ordering has been refactored and is faster. prettier, and smoother. You can also use the [ and ] hotkeys to change layer orders
Feature
Performance
Error messages throughout the platform have been improved to be clearer
Performance
Requesting more work is now fulfilled more quickly
Performance
Folders are now given a graphical border to be more easily visible, alongside an image thumbnail
Performance
Fix
Instance ID issues have been fixed
Fix
Pre-loaded images no longer display a loading bar for a single frame for no reason
Fix
Switching between teams no longer shows cached users of another team in the user list
Fix
Copy Instances now works as intended between images
Fix
Dataset cards now correctly show the number of annotations in each dataset
Fix
Fixes related to folder bugs not displaying quickly
Fix
Sending to Review has been switched from Enter to Shift+Enter to avoid confusion

June Update

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June was V7's biggest release yet.
The new Workflows system is a refactoring of our annotation and work assignment system - from asynchronous tasks to real-time changes.
Check out all the new features below - all of them available now without any upsells:

Workflows: A fluid, real-time way to work on datasets

This update has been almost four months in the making. Workflows replaces the branch-based system (similar to how Git handles work-in-progress data) with a real-time experience for each image status.

You can now press  ENTER  to move any image to a next stage, whether it's to review, or completion. Other users can see these changes right away from the data tab, without having to wait for you to complete a whole task. This is one of the many changes Workflows brings forward. No change will disrupt how you've worked so far - you will likely notice them as improvements along the way.

We have updated the basic tutorial for V7 Darwin to reflect this major change. You can see a guide video here: 
https://youtu.be/v90norZUy58
Or try the actual tutorial via the button below. Make sure you are logged in to see the latest version!

TRY THE NEW TUTORIAL

The Workflow Timeline


While reviewing, hover over any stage on the timeline to see who worked on it, and how long they spent on it.
You can also re-assign images from workview via this timeline as a User or Admin.

Learn all about the statuses in the Timeline in this short video: 
https://youtu.be/44mi5jKxIe4

Folders


You have the option to organize data into directories. We noticed some teams uploading large amounts of data as multiple datasets. You can now safely separate them into folders, and use classification tags within them to organize images further.
Learn all about folders in this short video: 
https://youtu.be/iM86_xBGc5Y

Workview Filters


Workflows has gotten rid of the "Task" and "Review" tabs, so how can Admins or Users search for images to review?
In-Workflow filters are here. You can filter carousel images to just ones pending review, or even by specific users. This is a powerful feature if you want to compare "complete" images made by one users, with "in-review" images by another, for example.

Annotator-Reviewers & Fine-Grained Roles

Annotators can now review images as well! Previously, this was only allowed for Users and Admins.
You can now assign specific roles for workview stages. For example, only 1 user in your team may be allowed to review a specific dataset.

If you need a refresh on how user roles work, refer to this short tutorial: 
https://youtu.be/ENmYiLL0fVQ

New Annotator Experience


Annotator mode has received a new design with more power-user features. Annotators can now filter images in-workview, and request a new batch of images directly from the carousel without having to exit the annotation screen. These images will start loading right away and they may continue working.
 

Export PNG Masks


PNG masks for semantic and instance segmentation are now available as a native export in Darwin. Semantic masks will separate each class by color, and will not distinguish between two object instances of the same class. Instance masks produce one image per instance, following Google's OpenImages standard.

You can learn how to generate exports in this short video: 
https://youtu.be/8antxKZ8nxo

More Features:

 Feature  Dataset cards now show the user name and avatar of assignees
 Feature  Double click on class labels to change class name
 Feature  Press Alt + V to paste a class name onto another annotation
 Feature  Selecting an annotation makes the layers list auto scroll to that item
 Feature  Dataset instruction headers now show the Name of the dataset, not just “Welcome!”
 Feature  Pre-filled Darwin.py CLI commands are shown whenever you upload data. Copy these and paste in the command line to upload more data quickly.
 Feature  New developer documentation link: https://v7labs.github.io/darwin-py
 Feature  Open Datasets now display the tag applier and Instructions as a ReadMe.
 Feature  The left sidebar and a few menu elements have been redesigned to look more modern and consistent
 Feature  Review has a new icon: it’s now a clipboard. The rounded arrow may have been confused with reject by new or colorblind users.
 Performance  Class deletion has been sped up significantly.
 Performance  Switching images has been sped up significantly
 Performance  Image listing has been sped up
 Performance  Toast messages (warning/popup messages) stay longer. 
 Performance  The Edit tool is now more responsive in images with cluttered annotations
 Fix  Typingand  in the tag applier no longer switches images
 Fix  ‍You can now select filenames in the dataset mgmt view
 Fix  Fixed timeout related bugs where users would need to refresh
 Fix  Fixed a bug where attributes vanished after being clicked on
 Fix  Fixed a bug where Auto-Annotate would hide when zoomed in
VIEW THE V7 DARWIN CHANGELOG
Until next time!
Alberto
Co-Founder, V7

May Update

A lot has been under the works this month at V7. Here's what has been released in the latest update:

The Brush Tool is here!

and It's not just a pixel-brush - it relies on vector graphics to draw contours. This means that the output is still light just like in polygon annotations. Here's how it works:

Press  F  to select the brush, click and hold to draw, use  [  and  ]  to change the brush size, and press  E  (or hold  Shift ) to erase.

When you are done, press  Enter  or switch to another tool to confirm. You can use brush to edit existing polygons by selecting them. Brush can be particularly useful for thin, elongated shapes where Auto-Annotate underperforms.

TAKE A LOOK

The Eraser Tool, too


Of course you can also undo your mistakes. Select an annotation and press  E  to begin erasing parts of it. This also allows you to place holes in objects!

And a Line Tool


A Line is like an open polygon. Used for lanes, directions, or mid-points. You can try the Line tool now with the  L  key in Darwin. Double click or press  Enter  to complete a line.

Complex Polygons - Holes and Compounds


Holes in polygons are now possible using brush tool, as well as Auto-Annotate (by next week). We've put a lot of work into developing a technology that could remember the subtraction operations for polygon holes, while sustaining the 1000+ polygon-per-image performance that users expect from Darwin.
You can also create compound polygons by adding multiple polygons with the brush, and will soon be able to unify existing polygons through the edit tool into one instance.

A new Class Creation experience

Class creation has been redesigned. From the iconography to the whole fluidity of the experience. While the previous version was still quite good for an annotation platform, we felt like it didn't live up to the standards of the rest of Darwin. Try the new tooltips and expanded color picker.

We also added a "Quick Add" functionality. This enables you to press enter to create a class, whilst keeping its parameters selected in the creation window so you can quickly type another class name and press enter to generate another using the same parameters.


 

Search and assign to Annotators


Some teams are growing to hundreds of users. We've made it easy to find the right one to manually assign images to by re-designing the task assignment component and adding an instant filtering search.
 

Invert and Brighten


More controls are coming to image manipulation as we move towards greater support for radiology features. You can now invert image colors, and increase brightness. 
 

Tweaks and Improvements

 Feature  Very, very long videos can now be uploaded and processed by Darwin
 Feature  Graphical icons have been updated for greater consistency (and to look nicer)
 Feature  Added the CVAT export format
 Performance  Performance of polygon point rendering has been improved to support smooth polygons with Brush Tool
 Performance  The first second of uploaded videos now extracts frames at the right cadence chosen upon upload
 Fix  Invalid URLs now notify you that they are invalid (such as URLs leading to completed tasks)
 Fix  ‍The dates in annotator exports no longer have an hour (previously midnight) to indicate days
 Fix  Email notifications are no longer sent if you generated your own task
 Fix  Issues where attributes would not be set right away have been fixed at the root cause
VIEW THE V7 DARWIN CHANGELOG
Until next time!
Alberto
Co-Founder, V7

April Update

This month Darwin received four updates ranging from new features, performance improvements, fixes, and a whole new content delivery system to adapt to these work-from-home days. Here's a summary below:

New Image and Video Cards

You can now visualize image filenames, numerical ID, dimensions, filesize, annotation status, and multiple tags right from the image card. An improved card-size dial now expands the cards up to a full-screen size, and allows you to view more tags at once. Hovering over an image reveals additional info, as well as more tags. Delivery of these cards has also been sped up significantly.

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Easy Instance IDs - Track objects through images and video


Within Darwin, each new annotation is treaded as an independent instance. Until now though, you couldn't track these objects in between frames without using a text ID or attributes. Instance IDs allow you to copy over the object IDs of annotation between frames, or within the same image. These can be carried over in bulk between images with the Copy Instance button, and can be pasted to any annotation with CTRL+Shift+V. They are also chroma hashed, to easily distinguish them visibly by a unique color trio when numbers become large and challenging to remember. They will work up to 1 billion unique instances per dataset. Try them now by adding them as a sub annotation to classes.

Auto-Annotate Controls!


You can now edit, re-run, re-shape, and copy & paste Auto-Annotate objects. Your editing clicks and initial box are saved automatically so you can change these during review or at any time in the future. You may also copy over objects between images and re-run Auto-Annotate to adapt them to their new appearance. Graphical notes to signify a loading click have also been added.

Export Selected and Annotator Metadata


Pick any set of filters you wish, press "Select All", and generate a custom dataset version export that matches this combination of filters. This way, you can also export incomplete or archived images. Annotator metadata is also available upon export, adding authorship information to each annotation.
 

Drag a line, make a point


You no longer have to click to generate vertices on a polygon, and later move them. You can now simply drag way a new point!
 

A New Content Delivery Network (CDN)


This one is for everyone working from home! That probably includes you, the reader. Over the past weeks we set up a new CDN system to improve Darwin's performance in several regions where our users are located. With global bandwidth being massively increased, it's evermore important for us to focus on an optimized platform that works all over the world. Non-sensitive files, such as interface elements, are now stored closer to you geographically, while sensitive information such as image data remains in our secure Ireland-based servers, yet are pre-loaded more cleverly to reduce loading speeds.

Tweaks and Improvements

 Feature  You can now sort datasets by any combination of multiple filters belonging to different data columns.
 Feature  The naming of annotator report exports has been changed from report.csv to the appropriate team and dataset name, and sampling rate.
 Performance  API keys are now shown in mono font for readability.
 Performance  Original filenames are now visible on hover on images in carousel
 Performance  Ultra-high res images (above 10,000 pixels squared) now respond more quickly to panning.
 Fix  Fixed a bug that would direct user/admins to “Annotator Mode” when reopening Darwin after a 10 minute period of inactivity.
 Fix  ‍Fixed a bug that would show a white screen and not load any content when reopening Darwin after a 10 minute period of inactivity.
 Fix  Users can no longer spam-click a tag causing it to be applied multiple times during connection delays.
 Fix  Unassigned/author-less tasks now load images correctly and don’t get stuck.
 Fix  Comments now display the box where the comment is applied on hover, not just on click.
VIEW THE V7 DARWIN CHANGELOG
Until next time!
Alberto
Co-Founder, V7

March Update

Two updates this month! Here's what's been added to V7 Darwin that you can start using now:

New Stats!

Head over to the Annotators section. Previously you could only see current image statuses. Now you will be abe to see the pass/reject rate over time as well as the overall dataset progress.

TAKE A LOOK

Sorting within datasets


There's a whole new sidebar in Dataset Management. At the top, you will see sorting options for the current dataset.
 

New status filters


We trimmed the fat on status filters. They are now fewer and more intuitive to use.
 

Tag with one click, and filter more easily.


Tagging a bundle of images previously required 3 or 4 clicks, and we cut it down to 1. You can also visualize the number of annotations at a glance, filter through them, and create new tags on the go without having to go through the class-creation system.
 

Reset Zoom, or Not.


Most of the time, switching to the next image means wanting to center the image on your window (Tip: the hotkey for this is 0). However sometimes you will want the zoom to be preserved, such as when you are annotating one part of a video, to track an object. You can now lock zoom when switching images in workview with a button on the bottom left.
 

Tweaks and Improvements

 Feature  XML Exports are now available.
 Feature  Cuboid annotations are available by default for all teams.
 Performance  Error toast messages are more persistent to prevent from annotating without a connection.
 Fix  The Upload button no longer moves around when completing an upload.
VIEW THE V7 DARWIN CHANGELOG
This is an interim, mid-mont update. The next update will include a whole new workflow system, our biggest feature release yet.

Until next time
Alberto
Co-Founder, V7

February Update

Two updates this month! Here's what's been added to V7 Darwin that you can start using now:

New Stats!

Head over to the Annotators section. Previously you could only see current image statuses. Now you will be abe to see the pass/reject rate over time as well as the overall dataset progress.

TAKE A LOOK

Sorting within datasets


There's a whole new sidebar in Dataset Management. At the top, you will see sorting options for the current dataset.
 

New status filters


We trimmed the fat on status filters. They are now fewer and more intuitive to use.
 

Tag with one click, and filter more easily.


Tagging a bundle of images previously required 3 or 4 clicks, and we cut it down to 1. You can also visualize the number of annotations at a glance, filter through them, and create new tags on the go without having to go through the class-creation system.
 

Reset Zoom, or Not.


Most of the time, switching to the next image means wanting to center the image on your window (Tip: the hotkey for this is 0). However sometimes you will want the zoom to be preserved, such as when you are annotating one part of a video, to track an object. You can now lock zoom when switching images in workview with a button on the bottom left.
 

Tweaks and Improvements

 Feature  XML Exports are now available.
 Feature  Cuboid annotations are available by default for all teams.
 Performance  Error toast messages are more persistent to prevent from annotating without a connection.
 Fix  The Upload button no longer moves around when completing an upload.
VIEW THE V7 DARWIN CHANGELOG
This is an interim, mid-mont update. The next update will include a whole new workflow system, our biggest feature release yet.

Until next time
Alberto
Co-Founder, V7

January Update

Here's what's new this month on V7 Darwin:

Track the progress of your labeling workforce

Late last month the Annotator tab became available, allowing you to monitor the performance of labelers across all datasets with granular detail.
We based this feature on your feedback, adding the ability to monitor:
- Images completed
- Labels completed
- Total time spent labeling
- Labels per second
- Accuracy score (based on review)
These metrics can be filtered by day, week, or month and are beautifully plotted on a comparable graph.

TAKE A LOOK

Version Datasets as you Export


Version control in machine learning is a bit of a mess. When exporting a dataset or any batch of labels, Darwin will create and save a version of those labels for future re-use should the dataset change over time.
 

APIs for Everything


For teams unrestricted by GUIs. There's a lot you can do with APIs now: fork datasets, create classes, download reports, and a lot more. Try the new API key management or visit the new version of Darwin.py at 
https://pypi.org/project/darwin-py/
 

Navigate


We're looking out for ways to reduce fatigue and save time. You can now pan images with the WASD keys, use the middle-mouse button to pan during Auto-Annotate editing, and you'll find scrolling to zoom has become smoother.
Several more quality-of-life improvement like these are around the corner.

 

Neural Networks Beta


Those of you who met with our team in recent days may have had a sneak-peek at the automated model training and deployment system being developed. It's intended to speed up the federated learning of Auto-Annotate, and enable further labeling automation.
 

Tweaks and Improvements

• Clicking on an annotation in workview scrolls to its position on the sidebar and highlights it.
• The image carousel in workview has an improved pagination feature to support 1M+ images.
• You may now hide sub-annotations as well as all labels. Hiding has been sped up significantly.
• If you minimize the sidebar it will be remembered as a preference.
• Archived images can be permanently deleted by users and admins.
• Improved error toast messages throughout the platform.
• Team avatars no longer appear squished if the aspect ratio is very uneven.
• Image download speed via CLI has been greatly improved.
• .TIF file support was expanded further.
• Switching teams has been sped up.

 
The next update will include more hotkeys, more workview productivity features, and auto-annotate news.

Until next time!
Alberto
Co-Founder, V7