Friday, July 8, 2016

Authors Mlvch photoservice released Android app before competitors of Prisma –

 Pronin said that the application release for the Android team has solved the problem with a lack of capacity, “raising your cluster.” This allowed them to increase the number of photos that can be treated free of charge in a single day, as well as significantly reduce the processing time.


 In the first version of iOS for Mlvch, published simultaneously with Prisma in June, can be processed free of charge only one photo per day, for each additional user had to pay extra for 75 rubles. Moreover, processing time takes 5 to 20 minutes.


 Now Mlvch application for Android, like its iOS-version available two modes: a paid Pro (40 filters) “with the deep study of the moment” and free Light (six filters) with a quick, “surface” study of “behind few seconds”. In the Pro-mode, users are free to process five photos per day, each additional picture will cost 49 rubles, ten pictures – 249 rubles



 We had problems on the first run, as we summed up our hosting provider. Now we have a margin of server capacity, mostly located on its facilities. Raise your cluster – it is cheaper and more reliable, strangers often fed.


 Work in the Light Mode is now processed on the server is less than a quarter of a second, the rest of the time it takes to load the image. The Pro-version processing takes less than a minute. If you need more servers, we will find them.

  – Anton Pronin, head of the project Mlvch


 To process photos Mlvch uses several different algorithms: To use Pro A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style, which the team finalized “in order to increase performance without loss of quality.” For processing algorithm developers took Light Perceptual Losses for Real-Time Style Transfer and Super-Resolution, under which “it is necessary to write the code.”


 Pronin suggests that Prisma project team also uses one of the ready-made algorithms.



 These algorithms provide a lot of options to configure how the filter will work. And to understand the preferences of an experienced specialist will take not much more than a few days. We are now more are investigated in his work, because we added a few Light-filters. In the near future they will be much more and they will be much more diverse and artistic. We want to achieve fast processing with the actual transfer of the style, as in the case of pro-labor, not only the transfer of colors and certain forms, as we do in the Light-version and Prisma.


 The most difficult part in this case – is to conduct research and write an algorithm. That this is the research work, which, in essence, is an instruction
 It is in the public domain. In this work, there is a code in the public domain that you can take and use, and you can write your own. What uses Prisma as a code known only to them. But the fact that they have not developed the algorithm that is a fact, and they confirmed it, just as we are.

  – Anton Pronin, head of the project Mlvch


 The Prisma application, developed by a former employee of Mail.Ru Group Alexei Moiseenkova, gained viral popularity in the middle of June 2016. During the nine days since the release, it was one of the most downloaded from the App Store, ten countries, including Russia.

5 July Prisma team has released a new filters and application design dramatically updated by adding, in particular, filter tape, which can be used to apply the treatment in the comfort of the list of options. It is also an opportunity to adjust the strength of the image processing.


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