Release Notes

This page documents production updates to Vision API. We recommend that Vision API developers periodically check this list for any new announcements.

July 24, 2018

Updated features

Support for PDF and TIFF files in document text detection has been released as GA. For more information, see PDF/TIFF Document Text Detection.

The following beta features are available in API version v1p3beta1:

The Vision API can now detect handwriting in an image. To detect handwriting in an image, specify the DOCUMENT_TEXT_DETECTION feature and include a language hint of "en-t-i0-handwrit". For more information, see Detecting Handwriting.

April 6, 2018

Beta features

The following beta features are available in API version v1p2beta1:

  • Support for PDF and TIFF files in document text detection.

New features

The beta features from December 4, 2017 are now available in the v1 API (GA). These include:

  • Document text detection: confidence scores for all levels of results, auto language detection, support for multiple languages, and faster and more accurate results.
  • Web entities detection: accepts geotag input as detection hint, and returns best guess labels describing the contents of the image.
  • Safe Search detection: includes additional racy category to enhance adult content moderation.

December 4, 2017

Beta features

The following beta features are available in API version v1p1beta1:

  • Document text detection: confidence scores for all levels of results, auto language detection, support for multiple languages, and faster and more accurate results. Learn more.
  • Web entities detection: accepts geotag input as detection hint, and returns best guess labels describing the contents of the image. Learn more.
  • Safe Search detection: includes additional racy category to enhance adult content moderation. Learn more.

November 6, 2017

Document text detection language update

Document text detection updates:

  • Additional languages supported.
  • Automatic language detection (`languageHint` is no longer required in your requests).
  • Multiple languages supported per image.
  • Faster and more accurate text detection results.

June 21, 2017

Text detection model update

The text detection model has been updated to improve quality. There is no change in response structure.

Label detection model update

The label detection model has been updated to improve quality. Label detection, which names objects inside an image, now recognizes more than 10,000 entities.

May 18, 2017

Cloud Vision API General Availability (GA) Release

Crop hints: Find the optimal crop for your images. Code samples.

Web entities and similar pages: Return image-related information, including web entities, matching pages, and fully- and partially matching image URLs. Code samples and tutorial.

Document text detection: Return full text annotations for dense OCR text. How-to, code samples, and tutorial.

HTTP/HTTPS image URIs: Process images from publicly-accessible HTTP and HTTPS URLs. See Providing the image for details.

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