Since introducing FourMatch this past September, we’ve had lots of requests for a trial version. It’s not surprising that customers might want to take an $890 application for a spin before making a purchase decision. Well, now we finally have a good solution to this problem, and it’s even easier than downloading a trial. We’ve created a web-based version of FourMatch (http://fourmatchdemo.fourandsix.com) that looks and behaves (almost) just like the full Photoshop extension. You can try it out for free using a set of demonstration images we provide, or, for $20, you can purchase a code that will allow you to use it for 30 days with up to 30 of your own images. Plus, if you later decide to buy the product, you can apply that $20 to your purchase, so it won’t cost you any more to try it first.
One advantage of this web-based version is that you don’t have to download anything to your computer first, and you don’t even have to have a copy of Photoshop. Of course, the analysis can be a bit slower, because you need to upload the image to our server first rather than performing the operation locally. There are a few features from the desktop version that we haven’t implemented in the web-based version—speficially the EXIF metadata display and the ability to copy the results to the clipboard. The image verification provided, however, is identical.
You might ask why we’re charging for the ability to try this out with your own images. FourMatch is a serious tool for forensics professionals, so we’d like to make sure that our servers don’t get swamped with crudely modified celebrity “porn” and UFO hoaxes. Charging a fee is one way to limit use to the folks FourMatch is designed for. And if you’re just curious about how FourMatch works, you can get a pretty good idea from the free demo images we provide.