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

Operating System Recommendation

PhotoModeler will run on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows please contact support@photomodeler.com for more information.

Please note that older versions of PhotoModeler are not guaranteed to work on versions of operating systems newer than the PhotoModeler release date.


Minimum System Specifications

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

  • Intel Core i3
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • modern display
  • sound hardware for the video tutorials

The above will handle only simple, small photo set (under 20 photos) projects.

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

  • Intel Core i5
  • 16GB RAM,  (the more RAM you can afford the better, 32 to 64GB of RAM or more is not unheard of)
  • 5GB hard disk space
  • modern display
  • sound hardware for the video tutorials

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


Improved 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 32GB or more). If you are using relatively high resolution images and a large number of photos, a faster CPU such as Intel i7 or i9 can help cut down on processing time.  For now we are not recommending Xeon processors due to an issue with threading models but we expect this to improve by the end of 2018.


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