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Mario

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Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:53:17 PM »
Hi,

Capterra has a cool list of all current DAM products, including IMatch.

https://www.capterra.com/p/126559/IMatch/#reviews

If you think IMatch is great (or nearly great) and you can spend a few minutes to write a honest review (click on the Review this product button on the page linked above) this would be great. IMatch has currently 33 reviews (Yeah!, thanks to all) but more reviews are always better.

Your support is much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Every comment, recommendation etc. helps to let others know about IMatch.
If you participate in photographer communities or forums, feel free to mention IMatch when you think it is appropriate.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2020, 08:46:58 PM by Mario »

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2018, 09:16:01 PM »
one more review now.  It was a pleasure to do so, i had so much pleasure with IMatch.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2018, 09:40:07 PM »
Thank you!

And also all the others who took the time to tell others about IMatch.
This does not beat Adobe's marketing department  ;) but it helps a lot, still.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2018, 10:37:29 AM by Mario »

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2018, 10:48:34 PM »
I sent a review of IMatch to the Capterra site quite some time ago. Hope it helps introduce more people to IMatch. The review on my website some years ago received many hundreds of views.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 11:07:30 AM »
Thanks. Every review or mention of IMatch in photography forums, social media etc. helps to let users know.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2018, 04:52:55 PM »
Whenever I see it appropriate, I try to comment op DPReview and mentioning IMatch.

There is a lot commenting going on recently on the new LR release.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2019, 11:28:29 AM by Mario »

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2019, 04:26:35 PM »
Done,
I hope it helps IMatch reach more people

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2019, 02:07:53 PM »
I have filled out another review, I think people have to know this great tool.
Mario is doing a fantastic job.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2019, 03:20:57 PM »
I have filled out another review, I think people have to know this great tool.
Mario is doing a fantastic job.

Thanks. Every review helps. Or posts / recommendations in other communities and forums - when you consider it appropriate.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2019, 11:17:11 AM »
not exactly a review (besides the the word "great"), but the link to IMatch on https://oliverbetz.de/pages/Artikel/ExifTool-for-Windows is increasingly followed.

Dunno whether Phil would add a "commercial" section near the free utilities which take advantage of the ExifTool engine" list on https://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2020, 02:26:26 PM »
I will share my feedback on Capterra. I am planning to write a proper review once I have a good understanding of the whole application. Will try to submit it to Petapixel/F-Stoppers since they thrive on user-generated content (cheap for them).

One of the people I know is an industry leader with a newsletter with a big reach I will also ask him if he can just highlight IMatch 2020 in his newsletter (he organizes the software/startup part of Photokina in Germany and a conference called Visual1st in Silicon Valley).

Since I am also a DxO PhotoLab user, I also shared the update there (it is my most popular posting there, it even earned me a badge  8). I posted it even before I bough it myself.

The other place where I regularly recommend IMatch is on Reddit in the various subreddits where people complain about DAM aspect of Lightroom and Capture One.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2020, 03:36:58 PM »
Excellent! Word of mouth from actual product users is the best marketing I can get.

@All Users: Please get the word out.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2020, 06:03:57 PM »
Now that I have Affinity Photo, I'm looking over at their forums & mentioned IMatch on a thread requesting DAM suggestions. I should pipe up on plastikman's thread at DxO also.  :)

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2020, 08:42:46 PM »
I mentioned Imatch a couple of times at Sonyuserforum.de and Dpreview forums.  Will continue to do so.

Mario, you should team up with DXO somehow.  They need software like yours, and you want them to be successful (rather than LR). In fact, they are beaten up in every review for their poor DAM capabilities.  Marketing partnership, reseller cooperation, bundle, whatever.  It will probably take you 2 hours to create an Imatch installer that works seamlessly with DXO (just the dop buddy files and the PL favorite and a few minor things).  Just my 2 cents...

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2020, 09:00:56 PM »
(....)
Mario, you should team up with DXO somehow.  They need software like yours (....)

Wow! What a mouthwatering prospect that would be! Yes, it would be a dream software 'marriage' I think!

It would certainly quell the recurring discussions (arguments even?) on the DxO Forum about DxO's absent - or pitifully lightweight - DAM 'features'.

However ...

(....)
It will probably take you 2 hours to create an Imatch installer that works seamlessly with DXO (....)

 ... I fear this time estimate might be a little bit optimistic  ;D but let's not rule it out yet  :)
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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2020, 09:22:29 PM »
I have no connections to DxO and,  judging by their web site, they are top-notch in every aspect.
IMHO, many users don't know what a DAM is until they have used a real one. Many settle with little. Many don't need more. If you don't know what can be done, you don't miss it. And all that.
I doubt that a company like DxO with 18 years of experience and 50+ employees (and locate in Paris, which is truly a beautiful city) needs one poor Mario to help them creating a proper DAM... ;D
If you have a contact and they looking for some DAM done right, I'm listening.
Until then, I continue to create the best DAM possible for the IMatch user base. Which works, incidentally, out-of-the box with all major image editors and RAW processors 
« Last Edit: December 28, 2020, 09:24:59 PM by Mario »

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2020, 10:05:14 PM »
In discussions about DAM capability on the DxO Forums, I've often pointed out that metadata management is a complex and difficult topic and have also recommended IMatch as a 'real' DAM. But many DxO users want a simple solution to metadata management and many don't want to pay anything extra for it. As Mario says, many users have no idea what a real DAM is and what it can do. I believe DxO is on a path to incorporate limited metadata management capabilities. How far they want to go down that path remains to be seen.

Regarding DxO PhotoLab, it's a very impressive program with innovative features like DeepPRIME and local adjustment. Folks do tend to become fans of the the program they're most familiar with, but I much prefer it to competitors I've used. And, as already pointed out, it works seamlessly with IMatch.
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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2021, 06:50:39 PM »
I see that https://www.bkwinephotography.com/technology/found-best-digital-asset-management-dam-system/ which dates back to 2014 has recently had some new comments, including a somewhat odd capsule review of IMatch (near the end in the comments section). I haven't had a chance to add any new comments myself.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2021, 07:23:09 PM »
The review is from 2014 without any updates since. I wonder why somebody would reply to such an old blog entry...

Anyway, you cannot make it right for everybody.

Especially if the first folder he selects has no images and thus the File Window is empty. And he then seems to be somehow upset about the message where IMatch explains that and tells him which toolbar button allows him to see files in sub-folders too.
He does not like the color icons. But IMatch has an option to use grayscale icons only (Edit > Preferences: Application - search for icon). He did not bother to ask or look it up in the help...
Or he selects all files in the database and searches for duplicates. If there is at least one duplicate file in that selection, has ends up with files with are both matches and originals. And this could lead to data-loss, if he deletes all matches. IMatch hence automatically reduces the result set to prevent the user from accidentally delete both files.
IMatch makes an attempt to explain this situation, which seems to give him nightmares because of the wording of this message. Which makes me sad  If somebody comes up with a better wording for the message he considers bad, I'm happy to update the resources and messages. Always improving.

He seems to prefer Photo Supreme vastly - so he has found a software does that fit his needs better than IMatch. Very good.
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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2021, 10:24:52 AM »
Maybe there is a native speaker who want to write a review? My English is unfortunately too bad.
https://sourceforge.net/software/product/IMatch/

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2021, 10:45:54 AM »
Geez, didn't look at SourceForce for years. What has it become...

The entry for IMatch seems to be machine-generated from the IMatch PAD repository or something. It's also outdated (check the price).
I doubt many people look at SourceForce for DAM software. And the "recommended" box at the top mentions Widen Collective, which is a content marketing / DAM solution which can cost 50K or more just to get started  :)
Many web sites grab / harvest software directories and auto-fab pages like this - to attract more visitors by having content for more keywords. It's all about SEO these days, not about content for humans.

A good overview is https://www.capterra.com/digital-asset-management-software/
which indeed has an entry for IMatch and 41 (!) reviews: https://www.capterra.com/p/126559/IMatch/reviews/

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2021, 07:08:12 PM »
Hello Mario
I would love to submit a review on IMatch at Capterra, but have a question about this.
When I create a review, I am asked which industry I belong to.
I am a home user. Do you have any idea which answer I can or should choose here? I don't want an incorrect selection to affect my review in any way.

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Re: Help make IMatch more popular: Write a Review
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2021, 07:42:06 PM »
They don't check this. If you are in retirement, maybe use your last industry?