What are the computer requirements to run PhotoModeler, PhotoModeler Scanner, and PhotoModeler UAS?

PhotoModeler (Standard, Scanner and UAS) 2010 and later are supported on these operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 (32bit and 64bit)
  • Vista (32bit and 64bit)

PhotoModeler may run on other versions of Windows that are not listed, but issues with video and interface drivers, etc. may be more common. Windows XP is not supported and Windows XP 64bit is known not to work. For information on running PhotoModeler on a Mac, please see this.

Operating System Recommendations – 32bit vs 64bit

Note that there are 32bit and a 64bit versions of PhotoModeler, PhotoModeler Scanner and PhotoModeler UAS.  What version is best for you?

First check what version of Windows you’re running. See this for instructions on checking your Windows version.

If you have a 64bit version of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 we recommend installing the 64bit version of PhotoModeler; if you have a 32bit version of Windows you may only install the 32bit version of PhotoModeler.

The 64bit version of PhotoModeler when running on a 64bit version of Windows will have access to more memory than the 32bit version. Because a 64bit application has access to more memory resources, it can handle large projects (large in photo number and large in photo resolution). This can translate into speed improvements and reliability. You won’t notice much difference when working on say a 5 photo (each 5mp) project.   Your CPU speed and type will also have a direct impact on program speed.

So, if you plan to work with large projects, the 64bit version of Windows is recommended (which is the de facto OS).

Minimum System Specifications

The minimum system requirements depend on which version of PhotoModeler and the types of projects being carried out. For standard PhotoModeler the minimum requirements are:

  • 800 Mhz Pentium
  • 512MB RAM
  • 250MB hard disk space
  • 1024×768 screen with 24 bit color
  • sound hardware for the video tutorials

The minimum system requirements for PhotoModeler Scanner and UAS (when doing SmartMatch and Scanner projects) are:

  • 2.5Ghz Mhz processor
  • 8GB RAM,  (the more RAM you can afford the better, 16 to 64GB of RAM or more is not unheard of)
  • 400MB hard disk space
  • 1024×768 screen with 24 bit color

To create your own models, a method of capturing images is required, such as a digital camera.

Recommended System Specifications

The optimal computer configuration and hardware requirements for using PhotoModeler depends on which version of the software you are using, and the type of projects you are running.

Processing of manually marked/referenced and targeted projects within PhotoModeler Standard is very light on hardware requirements – almost any computer from recent years will be suitable.

Automatic Point Clouds & Meshes (SmartPoints) project types – which includes the vast majority of aerial projects – within PhotoModeler UAS and PhotoModeler Scanner can be hardware intensive. 64-bit Windows OS is needed for access to larger amounts of RAM (ideally 32mb or more). If you are using relatively high resolution images and a large number of photos, a faster CPU such as Intel i7 can help cut down on processing time (over 2.5GHz and ideally 3GHz or faster).

Please note: Although we don’t have formal test results showing performance comparisons of various processors and configurations at this time, anecdotal comparisons of processor types seem to suggest that the Xeon processors may not perform as well as the i7 in certain PhotoModeler tasks, especially processing/solving the project.


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