Terian has a new blog home

After years of posting Terian related posts to my personal blog (antdowling.wordpress.com) I have decided to move them all to this separate blog (terian.blog).

This blog will also be directly linked from the Terian website.

Hopefully this will make it easier to find relevant Terian material, and also remove potentially distracting content from my personal blog.

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.20 in Testing

Following on the heels of Terian ID Creator v1.20 entering Beta testing a couple weeks ago, I’m pleased to announce that v3.20 of Terian Image Capture Pro has also entered Beta testing. Similarly to the Terian IDC Beta test the plan is to continue testing for the next couple of weeks, and hopefully the public release will follow shortly afterwards.

Terian ICP v3.20b Changelog

This update provides the same Camera Control functionality that was previously announced for Terian ID Creator v1.20.

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.02 Released

With the ID Season on us once again, I have just released v3.02 of Terian Image Capture Pro. This release adds improved preview aspect ratio options, as well as fixing an issue with cropping not functioning correctly with some colour space settings.

Terian ICP v3.01 Changelog

You can download the latest version from the official website here

One small change not previously mentioned with the release of v3.01, is the naming scheme has now been changed from ‘Terian_ICP’, to ‘TerianICP’ (No underscore in the name). This is now reflected in both the folder and registry structures used for saving Terian ICP related information. This change was introduced to help improve Windows Store and Desktop Bridge compatibility.

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.01 Released

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the inclusion of the Desktop Bridge I have been testing deployment of Terian ICP from within the Windows Store.

While we are not ready for the Windows Store just yet, I have just released v3.01 of Terian Image Capture Pro which includes a couple changes to improve compatibility with the store. You can download it from the official website here

Terian ICP v3.01 Changelog

Note, this version is only signed with a SHA256 certificate, and no longer contains a SHA-1 certificate.

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.00 Released

After a couple weeks (more than i had originally intended) of testing I have publicly released v3.00 of Terian Image Capture Pro.  You can download it from the official website here

Terian ICP v3.00 Change Log

Fortunately no additional bugs were uncovered during testing, so the changes remain the same as outlined in a previous blog entry here

Also, this new release is dual code-signed as discussed in this blog entry.

Code Signing Migration from SHA-1 to SHA256

Effective January 1, 2016, Windows (version 7 and higher) and Windows Server will no longer trust new code that is signed with a SHA-1 code signing certificate for Mark-of-the-Web related scenarios (e.g. files containing a digital signature) and that has been time-stamped with a value greater than January 1, 2016. This cut-off date applies to the code-signing certificate itself.

What this means:

Any new distribution of our products (i.e. Terian ICP, Terian IDC) that are code signed and time stamped from 01/Jan/2016 onwards will no longer appear as coming from a verified publisher, i.e. like this…

TerianICP_Install_UAC_Signed

SHA256 Certificate:

Fortunately GoDaddy provides both SHA-1, and SHA256 code signing certificates. So newer versions of Windows can be supported with the new SHA256 certificate ensuring our applications still appear to be from a verified published.

Dual Certificate Code Signing:

To ensure we maintain backward compatibility with older versions of windows all new distributions will be code signed with both the SHA-1, and SHA256 certificates, like this…

Terian ICP Properties Dialog displaying SHA1, and SHA256 Digital Signatures

SHA-1 Deprecation:

Once SHA-1 has been fully deprecated we will most likely transition to only signing our code with the SHA256 certificate. Hopefully by this time our requirement to ensure 100% support on older systems will be reduced.

More information regarding Windows Enforcement of authenticode Code Signing can be found here

Terian Image Capture Pro v3.00 in Testing

Just a quick note as I’ve compiled Terian Image Capture Pro v3.00, and will be putting it through testing for the next couple of days hopefully with a public release early next week.

Terian ICP v3.00 Change Log

New Capture Library -> Improved Resolution Support:

Our clients expressed the desire to capture at higher resolutions, unfortunately the old framework failed to adequately support higher resolutions with graphical overlays.  Whilst a more extensive version of the old framework was available that provided the appropriate level of support the cost to upgrade was similar to the cost of purchasing a license for DataStead VideoGrabber SDK.

I had previously evaluated DataStead VideoGrabber SDK however the cost was beyond our budget at the time, so Mitov BasicVideo Library was chosen.  Utilising VideoGrabber also has the advantage of fixing an issue where the preferred capture device and settings are not set correctly on application startup under the old framework.

Testing so far has been positive with the VideoGrabber SDK, and I am confident the performance improvements will allow our clients to capture high resolution images.

Testing:

If testing progresses well and no major hurdles are encountered, as stated above I hope to release to the website early next week.

Terian Image Capture Pro v2.60 Released

Slightly later than I had hoped, but I have completed testing of v2.60 of Terian Image Capture Pro and publicly released it.  You can download it from the official website here

No additional bugs were uncovered during testing, however a late feature request was implemented.  The CSV Import functionality now allows the operator the option of ignoring the first line of the files to be imported, as often data files are provided by customers with field titles as the first line.

One other minor change is the installation files will no longer contain the term ‘Trial’, as the registered version only requires a license file.   This should help avoid any potential confusion where previously registered users continued to see ‘Trial’ in the application short cuts and Add/Remove Programs Control Panel applet.

Terian Image Capture Pro v2.60 in Testing

Similar to the ID Creator post previously, this is just a quick note to say I’ve just compiled Terian Image Capture Pro v2.60, and will be putting it through testing for the next couple of days and hopefully with a public release early next week.

The changes in this release are:

  • Cross-hair support
  • Default Folder Changes (similar to the default folder changes made to Terian ID Creator)

Cross-hair support:

Cross-hair support has been something that I have wanted to implement for quite some time, as I have found with our clients capturing large numbers of images the framing of images can vary quite a bit.

Two basic cross-hairs are included, as well as an Ellipse cross-hair that will help assist lining up a subjects face to provide a better quality ID photo.

A screen shot displaying the Ellipse cross-hair is included below…

Ellipse Cross-hair

 

The top and bottom horizontal lines are based on a 5%, and 80% ratio as recommended in the guidelines provided by New Zealand passports.  The ellipse is based on 70% face width for 4:3 (Height/Width, i.e. portrait) aspect ratio.

Best use when using the cross-hairs is to ensure the centre line runs down the middle of the subjects nose and mouth.

Default Folder Changes:

I will not go into detail regarding the default folder changes, as they are basically the same as the Default Folder Changes made in Terian ID Creator.  The “Public Documents” folder will be used for data, and “My Documents” folder will be used for log files.

Testing:

Similarly to the ID Creator testing, if everything progresses well and no major hurdles are encountered, as stated above I hope to release to the website early next week.