Mario M. Westphal

Mario M. Westphal

Lives in Germany Germany
Works as a Software Developer and Photographer
Has a website at www.photools.com
Joined on Jul 25, 2001
About me:

Mario M. Westphal is the Lead Developer for photools.com. He develops professional applications for digital image management and image matching.

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  • Yay :-) I offer a free 30-day trial version of IMatch. And I provide support via personal email and the IMatch user community for trial versions as well as for licensed versions. Work with IMatch ...
  • I don't know all DAM software on the market, Just the typical ones you get to work with in corporate environments, agencies, libraries etc. Canto, FotoWare, Extensis, AssetBank, Bynder, Widen. ...
  • I'm sorry, but I don't do discounts ;-) I consider IMatch to be very reasonably priced for the product and support you get. Look at other pro-grade DAM systems for comparison... :-D I know that ...
  • Chrome OS is designed to be simple. And this is achieved, in most parts, by simplifying things, dumbing down things and limiting features. This works quite well for many things, but not for all. I ...
  • Your question grabbed my attention because you have mentioned IMatch.
  • All disks are vulnerable. m2 SSDs as well as regular SSDs or spinning disks. Remember: No backup? No mercy. What kind of internal storage does your PC use? How much faster than your external SSD is ...
  • IMatch is a pro-grade DAM with a very large features set. More like Photoshop than Windows Paint ;-) A learning curve is normal and to be expeted. It takes most people more than a day to learn ...
  • Would you mind to tell me a bit more? For example, which of the features in IMatch you find specifically hard to use? I'm always improving IMatch and I learn from users what to optimize, which ...
  • Replied in iMatch
    Not only for some. Sigh! Many users (amateur and pro) get confused once they have to, for whatever reason, actually dig into the details. Or have to deal with metadata mess produced by various ...
  • Replied in iMatch
    I did not know that :-O Nothing I can about this, though. I only write at dpreview.com when my software is mentioned and I think that I can provide some useful insight or help. IMatch has it's own ...
  • Replied in iMatch
    Not really a company. I develop and support IMatch in my spare time. My domain name is photools.com. I always make clear that I'm the author of IMatch via my forum signature (see below).
  • Replied in iMatch
    Yes. The RAW file may also contain an EXIF record, a GPS record, maker notes and, sometimes even a legacy IPTC record (older Nikon software added IIM3 IPTC to NEF rawe files). I don't understand. ...
  • IMatch is one of the most affordable pro-grade DAM systems around. It's a steal, really. I kid you not :-D DAM systems can easily costs thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. See the market ...
  • Replied in I've used both
    LR also stores XMP data in the image itself or the sidecar file. But it does not do this by default, only when you explicitly instruct it to write back the metadata (this is configurable). Until ...
  • Replied in iMatch
    That's not really an option. The XMP standard defines the file formats which should use embedded XMP metadata (e.g., JPG, TIF, PNG, GIF, DNG, PSD, PSB, PDF, ...). For all other formats, especially ...
  • The free controlled vocabularies for IMatch knowledge-base article explains the concepts and has links to free and commercial controlled vocabularies (near the end). This should get you started.
  • Replied in iMatch
    My bad. IMatch is around since 1998 and used in 70 countries by many users. I just don't have the deep pockets and marketing money of companies like Adobe or other big DAM vendors - it has become ...
  • The trick is to use a controlled vocabulary . A curated list of keywords to pick from, instead of typing in keywords manually.  This avoids using different keywords for the same thing and speeds up ...
  • Very good. There are different DAM products out there, for different needs, workflows and preferences. Trying out several with your images and workflow is a good approach. Not all software works ...
  • The original poster works on a Mac, but IMatch is a Windows application . Just wanted to make this clear. I'm the developer. The AutoTagger help topic explains how this works in IMatch. It does not ...
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