Hardware and Software Requirements

IMatch is a Windows application, it does not run naively on Apple or Linux computers.

Minimal Configuration for IMatch

  1. PC with a two or more cores and 2 GHz or higher
  2. Processor with support for AVX (available since around 2011).
    See Is your computer ready for IMatch for more information
  3. Microsoft Windows 10 or later (64-bit only)
  4. 4 GB RAM
  5. Hard disk space: 300 MB for the IMatch software and accompanying files, several free gigabytes for the IMatch database and cache files.
    A SSD is highly recommended for database storage for best performance.
  6. 1600 x 800 screen resolution minimum
  7. Graphic adapter with support for at least Direct X 11 or higher, 2 GB Video RAM or more.
  8. Compatible Mouse or other pointing device

For databases with more than 100,000 managed assets,  8 GB RAM  and a SSD for database storage is strongly recommended.
Like all database applications, IMatch benefits in many ways from fast hard disks or, even better, a fast SSD.

Configuration for IMatch Anywhere WebServices™ (IMWS)

Basically the same requirements as for IMatch above.

If you have only a few users or you work with small databases only, IMWS runs fine on low-end hardware like Notebooks or even a better-equipped ‘Stick PC’. For large databases managing 100,000 or more assets or handling many simultaneously active users, a more powerful PC with 4 or 8 cores and 8 or more  GB RAM is recommended.

IMWS utilizes multiple cores well and benefits a lot from extra RAM for caching and a fast SSD for database and cache image storage.

What is AVX and Why Does IMatch Need It?

IMatch 2020 and IMatch Anywhere™ 2019.11.2 and later include advanced AI-based technology.
To support this, our products require that the processors in your computer support a technology called AVX (Advanced Vector Instructions). This technology is standard in virtually all processors manufactured since 2011. Only very low-end computers or special computers like stick PC’s, Set-top boxes and similar may use processors without this required feature. You cannot run our software on these computers. It will just crash.

Note: For IMatch Anywhere we will provide special versions of our products for a limited time as a courtesy. See the customer portal for more information.

Is Your Computer Compatible?

You can test your computer with this free utility to see if the processor supports AVX.

Download the Utility

Please download the latest version of the photools.com System Information Utility by clicking this button:

Download the file to a known folder on your system, for example into the Windows Download folder.
Open this folder in Windows Explorer afterwards.

Extract and Run

The downloaded file is named ptc-sysinfo.zip and you must extract its contents before you can run it.
Right-click on the file in Windows Explorer and choose Extract from the context menu. This gives you a file named ptc-sysinfo.exe in the same folder.

Hold down the Shift key and right-click on ptc-sysinfo.exe. From the menu, choose the Copy as path command. This copies the fully-qualified file name of the file into the Windows clipboard.

Image showing the download folder.

Open a Command Prompt

From the Windows START menu, open a command prompt window. Press Windows Key + S and search for cmd. Then select the Command Prompt App from the result list.

Opening a command prompt

Run the Utility

Right-click into the window that now opens. This pastes the name of the ptc-sysinfo.exe application into the console window. Press Enter on your keyboard.

Running the photools.com System Information Utility.

The Results

The important information is the support for AVX, which is required to run IMatch 2020.
AVX is a technology that has been introduced in 2011 for both Intel and AMD processors. See this Wikipedia Article for more information.

If your computer has a processor produced before 2011 or it uses one of the rare processors without AVX, you cannot run IMatch 2020 or IMatch Anywhere 1019.11.2 or later on that computer.