API Keys for Map and Geocoding Vendors

photools.com supports different map vendors for the geocoding and mapping features included in IMatch and IMatch Anywhere™.

This gives our users more flexibility. We don’t want to force you to use a specific vendor to geocode your images.
Privacy issues, local availability in your country and other factors must be taken into account when choosing a map provider.

The following map vendors are supported in our products at this time:

OpenStreetMap OpenStreetMap is a free service with maps released under the Open Database License.
IMatch and IMatch Anywhere WebViewer uses this map by default.
Please consider a donation to support the project and to keep it free.

Website http://www.openstreetmap.org
License and usage http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright
Google Maps Google Maps is a commercial web service of Google Inc.

Website http://maps.google.com
License and usage https://developers.google.com/maps/faq

To enable Google Maps you need an API key. See below for details.
This key is also used for reverse geocoding.

Bing Maps Bing Maps is a commercial web service of the Microsoft Corporation.

Website http://www.bing.com/maps
License and usage http://www.bingmapsportal.com/

To enable Bing Maps you need an API key. See below for details.

GeoNames.org GeoNames is a free/commercial geocoding service.
Please consider a donation to support the project.

Website http://geonames.org
License and usage http://www.geonames.org/about.html

To use GeoNames.org you should use your own user name. See below for details.

API Keys

Most map providers require a user name / password or an API key before they give an application access their resources. photools.com provides the apps/features to use these services, but we cannot afford to pay for the Google/Bing API usage of our users.

Free Usage

For low-volume private use the API keys are usually free of charge and give you plenty of  ‘calls’ per day. The vendors just want to protect their resources from abuse. At the time of writing, a free API key usually gives you more than 10,000 map ‘calls’ per day – which is plenty for private use.

Applying Your API key

After requesting an API key, you enter it into the appropriate setting in IMatch (Edit > Preferences & Geo and Maps) or IMatch Anywhere WebViewer (Settings screen). IMatch and IMatch Anywhere WebViewer then take care for the rest and enable all related features.

Google Maps

To request your API key, visit this page:


Reverse Geocoding with Google

If you want to perform reverse geocoding via Google (See Edit > Preferences > Geo & Maps in IMatch) you need to provide a Google API key which has the APIs

  • Reverse Geocoding
  • Elevation

enabled. For using Google Maps in the IMatch Map Panel you also need to enable the

  • Maps JavaScript API

Bing Maps API Key

To request your API key, visit this page:


GeoNames.org User Name

GeoNames is a free service, provided by volunteers. Consider a donation.

If you want to perform reverse geocoding using GeoNames.org in IMatch, please get yourself a free GeoNames user account. The daily limits are generous and the user account is free.

To get a user name, just follow the instructions on this page: http://www.geonames.org/login