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Latest Updates & Improvements to Backyard AI

Jun 19, 2024
  • Bug Fixes & Improvements
    • Small UI fixes for the Character Hub
    • Removed Basic mode from character creation to support upcoming features
    • Fixed under allocation of VRAM on some Windows devices
    • Fixed "Client Stale Error" on the chat page
Jun 17, 2024
  • Backyard Cloud Revamp
    • Free plan - increased quota on Fimbulvetr to 50 free messages per day (up from 100 per week)
    • Every registered user receives 25 message credits per week that can be applied to any Cloud model (including Pro)
    • Promoted Fimbulvetr to the default model on Free and Standard plans
    • Added new "Advanced" subscription plan
    • Added Fimbulvetr 10.7B at 8,192 context tokens to Advanced and Pro plans
    • Standard plan - Mythomax-Kimiko 13B added at 4,096 context tokens
    • Pro plan - Llama 3 Jamet MK.V Blackroot 8B added at 10,240 context tokens
    • Pro plan - Midnight-Rose 70B upgraded to a higher quality format
    • Pro plan - Psyonic-Cetacean 20B replaced with Psyonic-Cetacean Ultra 20B
    • Pro plan - early access to iOS app is now available
    • Advanced plan - Chunky Lemon-Cookie 11B added at 8,192 context tokens
  • Desktop App Updates
    • Added ability to opt out of minor release auto-updates in the settings
    • Updated Stable backend to support IQ quants
    • Fixed bad outputs on certain Mac devices using Apple Metal
    • Respect "iogpu.wired_limit_mb" setting on Apple devices
    • Better auto-GPU detection for large parameter models
    • Modest performance improvements for CUDA and AMD
    • Added support for quantized KV cache on Experimental Backend (Nvidia GPUs only)
    • CLBlast will begin to be phased out of future releases (use Vulkan instead)
  • App Improvements
    • Added input field caching on Character creation page to prevent unsaved edits from being lost
    • Added popup dialogue to disable undo confirmation
    • Significantly improved load times across the Character Hub
    • Fixed trending algorithm breaking on the Character Hub
    • Added more descriptive error messages to chat page
    • Added login options for Apple and Twitter/X
    • Added ability to upload characters from the web app
    • Lore item keys can now be up to 300 characters in length
    • During lore injection, only the matching key is inserted into context
0.20.2 Internal
May 28, 2024
  • App updates
    • Added ability to reorder lorebook entries
    • Increased max lore tokens for large context sizes
    • Increased primary tag limit from 3 to 5
    • Added character category links to top of the hub homepage
    • Added global max context setting to web users (allows for longer character prompts)
    • Improved load time on hub homepage
  • Fixes to "Experimental" backend
    • Fixed issue where detected VRAM was inaccurate
    • Modest performance boosts for CUDA
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed "Connecting to server..." chat page warning
    • Fixed issue where TTS would return errors on Windows
    • Fixed issue preventing rebrand banner from closing
    • Fixed errors relating to large character uploads
    • Fixed Google Translate causing web page bugs
May 20, 2024
  • Backyard AI Rebrand
    • Faraday.dev is now Backyard AI!
    • Updated icon, branding, and copy across the app and website
  • Small fixes & improvements
    • Added ability to change username on the Hub settings page
    • Prevented grammars from being applied when using impersonate feature
    • Improved stability of web app & Cloud models
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  • Small fixes & improvements
    • Optimized Character Hub homepage queries for faster loading
    • Added pruning for unnecessary prompt template tokens in Character example dialogue
    • Fixed default User persona image missing on newly created Characters
  • New Cloud model
    • Added Llama 3 Lumimaid 8B to Standard and Pro plans
0.18.17 - 0.18.19 Internal
May 14, 2024
  • Impersonate feature
    • Added ability for the model to generate user responses
    • The Impersonate button is located to the right of the Continue button
  • Improvements to "Experimental" backend on Desktop
    • Improved GPU detection (note: models may load slowly the first time after this update, but subsequent loads will be fast)
    • Fixed Llama 3 response quality issues related to the tokenizer
    • Increased token rate by 5-10% on Apple metal and CUDA
    • Fixed tokenizer issues affecting Command-R, Qwen2, DBRX, and other base model architectures
    • Added flash attention optimization (does not apply to Vulkan)
    • Fixed gibberish responses when using Vulkan GPU acceleration
  • Bug fixes & improvements
    • Fixed issue preventing chat deletion in the header dropdown
    • Improved Llama 3 prompt templating
    • Removed hardcoded separator message between example dialogue and chat history
0.18.13 - 0.18.15 Internal
May 1, 2024
  • Llama 3 Fixes
    • Fixed low quality outputs when running Llama 3 models running at >4096 context
    • Better ROPE calculation for Llama 3 GGUFs downloaded outside of Faraday
  • Cloud Update
    • PRO: Added Llama 3 Ultra Instruct 8B at 16,384 tokens of context
    • Deprecated Llama3 Solana 8B
Apr 30, 2024
  • Fixes & Improvements
    • Removed word limit on User Persona templates
    • Removed “initializing model” loading message on chat page
    • Fixed Character settings updates while Tethering
    • Fixed chat log imports from external apps (Ooba, CAI tools)
    • Fixed character imports from Faraday PNGs
    • Fixed character settings page reverting input fields after refocusing the window
    • Fixed issue pulling in image updates from Hub Characters
    • Added ability to sort by recently updated characters on Hub
  • Updates to “Experimental” backend
    • Fixed low quality outputs when using Llama 3 GGUFs (all Llama 3 models will need to be re-downloaded from the Model Manager)
    • Added support for base model architectures including Phi, SEA-LION, Command-R, and more
0.18.10 Internal
Apr 27, 2024
  • Reusable User Personas
    • On the General Settings page, you can now create reusable personas that can be applied to any character
    • Each persona includes a name, description, and image
  • Llama 3 Inference Fixes
    • Fixed repeating issues for most models
    • Fixed issue where </s> would output at the end of every generation
    • Added better ROPE calculation for Llama 3 models at long context lengths
    • Better GPU detection on Experimental backend
  • Cloud Update - Llama 3 Models
    • PRO: Added Llama3 Solana 8B at 16,384 tokens of context
    • STANDARD: Added Llama 3 Soliloquy 8B at 4,096 tokens of context
  • Bug fixes & improvements
    • Fixed edit message button always showing on mobile web
    • Minor UI fixes on chat page & character settings page
0.18.5 - 0.18.8 Internal
Apr 23, 2024
  • Hotfix
    • Fix issue where characters would forget recent context
    • Fix cloud streaming on desktop
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