Image finder plugins

@nut-tree/nl-matcher


Installation

npm i @nut-tree/nl-matcher

Description

Next Level module for image search.

Comes with additional features compared to @nut-tree/template-matcher:

  • It is future-proof and supports a wide range of current and future node and/or Electron versions
  • It works on Apple Silicon chips
  • Supports screen.findAll(...) to detect multiple instances of an image on screen
  • Supports alpha-channel masking of irrelevant parts of an image
  • Is faster compared to @nut-tree/template-matcher
  • You also get full access to all core packages
hyperfine --warmup 3 'node template-matcher.js' 'node nl-matcher.js' --show-output
Benchmark 1: node template-matcher.js
  Time (mean ± σ):      1.575 s ±  0.016 s    [User: 1.469 s, System: 0.225 s]
  Range (min … max):    1.545 s …  1.590 s    10 runs

Benchmark 2: node nl-matcher.js
  Time (mean ± σ):     917.3 ms ±  11.1 ms    [User: 1616.6 ms, System: 388.0 ms]
  Range (min … max):   899.7 ms … 930.7 ms    10 runs

Summary
  'node nl-matcher.js' ran
    1.72 ± 0.03 times faster than 'node template-matcher.js'

Usage

Simply require / import the package to wire up the provider:

const {screen, imageResource} = require("@nut-tree/nut-js");
require("@nut-tree/nl-matcher");

(async () => {
    const img = await screen.findAll(imageResource("..."));
})();

Configuration

@nut-tree/nl-matcher takes an optional configuration object passed to it via MatchRequest#providerData property.

export interface NlMatcherProviderData {
    searchMultipleScales?: boolean; // default: true
    useGrayScale?: boolean; // default: false
    scaleSteps?: number[]; // default: [0.9, 0.8, 0.7, 0.6, 0.5]
    applyAlphaMask?: boolean; // default: false
}

searchMultipleScales

If set to false, the image will only be searched at its original scale. This can be useful to speed up image search if you know that the image will only be found at its original scale.

useGrayScale

If set to true, the image will be converted to grayscale before searching for it. This can be useful to speed up image search if you are not depending on full color information.

REMARKS:

  • Accuracy may suffer compared to full color search.
  • With grayscale search enabled, alpha masking is not possible.

scaleSteps

If searchMultipleScales is set to true, this array defines the scale steps to be used for image search.

applyAlphaMask

If set to true, the image will be masked with its alpha channel before searching for it. This allows you to ignore irrelevant parts of an image.

REMARKS:

  • Alpha masking may slow down image search, especially when searching over multiple scales.

Usage example

const {screen, imageResource} = require("@nut-tree/nut-js");
require("@nut-tree/nl-matcher");

(async () => {
    const img = await screen.findAll(imageResource("..."), {
        providerData: {
            searchMultipleScales: false
        }
    });
})();

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