IMatch 2021 – What’s New?

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Read the IMatch 2021 release notes for all details.

Major Enhancements in IMatch 2021:

The IMatch DashboardAll that’s important in one place.
IMatch Events 2.0New Timeline, persons, places.
File Window GalleryA beautiful way to look at your files.
Keyword Links Assign keywords faster and with less work.
Over 100 New Features, Enhancements and Bug Fixes.
Improved Performance, Stability and Security.

All IMatch users are encouraged to upgrade to IMatch 2021 as soon as possible. It not only has awesome new features but also contains critical bug fixes, security enhancements and updated versions of 3rd party components used by the product.
The brand new IMatch Dashboard combines everyhing that’s important into one View. From visual lists of recently added or modified files, useful statistics, automatic quality control, country chart and live performance information.

The Events feature introduced in IMatch 2020 has been substantially enhanced and now supports more properties, links, associated persons and places.

A new generation of timeline is now available in the Event View. You now can see events in their actual temporal sequence and overlapping / sub-events are supported for the first time.

To include users who don’t want to use face recognition or who still have hundreds of thousands of files to process, IMatch 2021 enables you to assign persons directly to files, whether or not the files contain face annotations. This immediately integrates the files into all people features.

The Universal Thesaurus introduces keywords links. Similar to synonyms, keyword links allow you to link between keywords all over you thesaurus. This makes it possible to assign any number of keywords with a single keyword assignment, even if these keywords are from totally different sections in the thesaurus. It’s a massive time-saver when you work with keywords in multiple languages, scientific thesauri, classification systems or similar.
The Thesaurus Manager now supports drag & drop for moving keywords (including complete hierarchies). This makes reorganizing the Thesaurus much easier.

Optimizations and enhancements for People & face recognition. Easier manual face annotation placement.

A modern and beautiful Gallery Layout is now available for File Windows. This layout uses a smart masonry layout or a fixed tile layout to render your images with a minimum of distraction.

IMatch now remembers the selected folder and category when you switch between workspaces.

In addition to these big new features, we have added over 50 other enhancements and optimizations in all places. Things like more robust handling for time-zones in EXIF data, Favorites for Persons and Events, improved duplicate search, additions to the File Finder and TimeWiz apps, an easy way to directly apply locations to files, and dozens of other enhancements. Each of which may improve your workflow substantially.

We’ve upgraded all relevant 3rd party components used in IMatch to their latest versions in order to improve compatibility, stability and security.

For a full list of all changes, enhancements and bug fixes, see the release notes for IMatch 2021.

How to Order

To purchase new licenses for IMatch 2021, visit our shop.

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How to Upgrade

Upgrading to IMatch 2021 is quick and easy. Just install the latest version and continue to work with IMatch.
See Upgrading to IMatch 2021 for important information and step-by-step instructions.

1. Click on the button below to open the customer portal
2. At the top you’ll see your personal upgrade voucher ¹
3. Click on Upgrade Now and follow the instructions

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 ¹ Discounts available for users with a license for IMatch 2020 or higher.

If you have an IMatch version older than 2020, you can simply upgrade to the latest version by purchasing a regular license (no discount).
Seamless database upgrades are supported for all databases created with IMatch 5 or later.
Users of the legacy IMatch 3 product have to create a new database with the current IMatch version.

Upgrading to IMatch 2021

Upgrading is easy and quick. See Upgrading to IMatch 2021 for more information and step-by-step instructions.

Updated Minimal Hardware Requirements

Since version 2020, IMatch integrates complex AI technology and requires processors with AVX extensions. Virtually all processors manufactured since 2011 support this.
If you plan to run IMatch on a very old or low-end computer, please check with our system information utility if the processor in your computer has AVX extensions and can run IMatch.

See hardware & software requirements for additional information.

Upgrade Fee

  • Users who have purchased IMatch within the six months grace period get a free upgrade automatically
  • Users with a license for IMatch 2020 can upgrade with a very fair discount
  • No discounts are available for users of legacy IMatch versions (IMatch 2019 or older)

Claiming your Discount

After logging into the customer portal you will see your personal discount voucher right at the top.
Click on the green button to upgrade. Your discount is automatically applied and you’ll see the reduced price in the MyCommerce shopping basket.

See also our fair update & upgrade policy for more information.

Please show your support for IMatch and our work by purchasing upgrades.


After downloading the latest version, install it as usual. IMatch automatically updates your database and settings to the latest version. Please read Upgrading to IMatch 2021 for important information and step-by-step instructions.

End-of-Life Announcement for IMatch 2020

Support for IMatch version 2020 ends six month after the release of IMatch 2021.
Support for older IMatch versions has been discontinued.