PhotoModeler FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What is PhotoModeler?
PhotoModeler is a software package for measuring and modeling real world objects and scenes through the use of photographs. Developed by Eos Systems Inc. (PhotoModeler Technologies), PhotoModeler is a world leader in its class. PhotoModeler is based on the science of photogrammetry, which means 'to measure from photographs'. PhotoModeler brings the powerful capabilities of photogrammetry in a simple, easy-to-use Windows environment.
Who uses PhotoModeler?
PhotoModeler is used in a number of application areas where measurement and modeling of the real-world is required. These are manufacturing, accident reconstruction, forensics, marine fabrication, film and game production, architectural modeling, engineering and scientific applications, and surveying.
Why use PhotoModeler?
PhotoModeler is a professional tool for generating accurate measurements and models of the real world. The Why PhotoModeler page outlines some of the key benefits.
What operating systems run PhotoModeler?
PhotoModeler is a 64-bit Windows program. It runs on Windows 7 64-bit and later successfully.
It can run successfully on a Mac emulator like Parallels. Some have had success with Linux Windows emulators but it can be trickier.
Which Cameras can be used with PhotoModeler?
PhotoModeler accepts photos from a wide range of digital, scanned film, and video cameras. For ground based work, the most often used is a standard digital camera – the best results being achieved by a DSLR. The About Cameras page provides good background on cameras. To summarize: many cameras can be used, but a modern digital camera is the most common. The best is a digital SLR with fixed (non-zoom) wide-angle lens, but lower-cost point-and-shoot digital cameras work well too - some better than others. The low-cost cameras that work well either have a fixed lens or a stable and repeatable zoom lens, and have control over settings such as image stabilization, orientation detection, and manual focus.
Sometimes even the camera on your mobile phone will work, although not all mobile phone cameras work as well.
For drones the camera choice can be limited but some cameras will perform better than others (higher resolution, low compression, good quality lens, perhaps frame shutter).
What is PhotoModeler Premium?
PhotoModeler Premium is the high-end version of the PhotoModeler products. It is a super-set and includes all capabilities of PhotoModeler Standard. It includes the capability of automatically scanning textured surfaces to create a dense cloud of points. See Comparing PhotoModeler Premium and Standard.
How does PhotoModeler work?
PhotoModeler works from the geometry of light rays. The How PhotoModeler Works page gives a great overview of the steps and some of the technology.
How can I try or evaluate PhotoModeler?
You can download the PhotoModeler Demo Software (for Standard or Premium products) and try out most of the features. To get full capabilities for free for 30 days you can get an evaluation code (which is usually sent automatically on download of the demo). See this description of Demo vs Evaluation vs Permanent.
How much does PhotoModeler cost?
The retail list price in North America of PhotoModeler Standard is $995us, PhotoModeler Premium is $2995us. Overseas resellers may sell at a different price to account for higher costs (shipping, duties, taxes, and support). In addition there are monthly and yearly subscriptions at lower entry cost points. All pricing can be seen on the store. Note also that lower prices are available for educational use.
How can I keep informed of future developments?
The best way to stay on top of PhotoModeler developments (such as new methods, new videos, interesting articles, and software releases) is to join the low-volume PhotoModeler Newsletter mailing list.
How does PhotoModeler compare against the competition?
There are a few vendors of desktop close-range photogrammetry systems. PhotoModeler has one of the longest histories, and the PhotoModeler products have been developed over many years with a great deal of customer input.
Many of the photogrammetry systems available from other vendors focus on drone and UAV work. While PhotoModeler has great capabilities to work with drone photos (esp. in construction, mining, stock volumes, and public safety / forensics), it has many other capabilities these other packages do not have.
Where can I find articles, papers and additional information on PhotoModeler?
There are a number of interesting additional sources of information, papers, and journal articles, etc. See the Resources page.
What happened to PhotoModeler Scanner, UAS, Motion, or Template Pattern Capture?
Product line ups change, but we don't remove features.
PhotoModeler Scanner: Scanner included the capability of automatically scanning textured surfaces to create a dense cloud of points. PhotoModeler Scanner has been replaced by PhotoModeler Premium.
PhotoModeler UAS: UAS was designed to handle imagery from drones and UAV/UAS, along with support for geographic coordinate systems. The capabilities have been merged into PhotoModeler Premium.
PhotoModeler Motion: Motion included the ability to do 4D modeling (3D + time) called Motion, is included with the PhotoModeler Premium product.
Template Pattern Capture Add-on: TPCA included tools needed to efficiently photo digitize 2D templates and patterns. These tools are available in all products now (Standard and Premium).