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FotoWare release history - build numbers and new functionality

This article lists the functionality for FotoWare 8.1 as well as the individual FotoWare 8.0 Feature Releases and the new functionality introduced with each release.

Updates are available to all customers covered by an Agreement.

Looking for FotoWare SaaS updates?

See FotoWare SaaS releases.

FotoWare On-Prem Feature Releases

FotoWare 8.1

July 2022

Product build numbers
FotoWeb 8.1 Build 1206
Index Manager 8.1 Build 1022
Connect 8.1 Build 1106
Color Factory 8.1 Build 1013
Operations Center 8.1 Build 1114

This 8.1 version comes with the major underlying changes described below as well as an updated User Interface (UI). 

Overall underlying changes in 8.1:

  • separate native configuration applications and web-based status/monitoring interfaces
  • all Microsoft Silverlight interfaces have been removed
  • the web-based status/monitoring interfaces cannot be opened with Internet Explorer. Instead, another browser must be used, such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Note: The 8.1 versions of Index Manager, Connect, Color Factory, Operations Center, and FotoWeb Server settings cannot be installed on the same server as the 8.0 versions of the respective products. If you are running multiple FotoWare suite products on the same server, you must update them to 8.1.

The FotoWare 8.1 release is a major update to all FotoWare server components that, in addition to major new features, contains important component upgrades, including:

  • Update of all .Net Framework dependencies
  • Removed dependency on Internet Explorer (Microsoft ended support  in June 2022)
  • Removal of Silverlight based components (Microsoft ended support in October 2021)
  • Support for Windows Server 2016, 2019, and 2022


Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11 is no longer officially supported in any web-based FotoWare user interfaces. FotoWare 8.1 (and future releases) have no dependency on Internet Explorer. Previous versions of FotoWare have an indirect dependency on Internet Explorer due to Silverlight, it can be still used with Microsoft Edge after end of support for Internet Explorer. Learn how to open FotoWare Operations Center 8.0 in Microsoft Edge. 


Microsoft Authentication Library

Starting with version 8.1, all versions of FotoWeb use the new Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL). Customers using FotoWeb on-premises with Azure AD single sign-on (SSO) should update FotoWeb 8.1 version. ADAL, used by all 8.0 versions of FotoWeb, is no longer in use in 8.1.

No configuration changes in Azure AD or SSO confguration in FotoWeb are necessary for this update, but due to improvements in the SSO integration on our side, it is now possible and recommended to switch to role-based access control (RBAC) and disable implicit grant. See our documentation for details.



All Silverlight-based components are removed. The new Operations Center applications are independent of Silverlight and, from this On-Premises release onwards, FotoWare also becomes independent from Internet Explorer.

All settings related to FotoWeb sites are available in Site Configuration directly in the FotoWare user interface. All Color Factory, Connect, Index Manager, and FotoWeb Service settings are available in native configuration apps. The status monitoring screens for FotoWare server components are available in a modern web interface.



FotoWare comes with its own custom reporting tool that generates regular reports in common formats such as HTML, CSV, and XML. The configuration of these reports has been done in a Silverlight-based tool. Our target is to have a solution for this in place by Q1 2023. In the meantime, we will ensure that the legacy tool continues to work as a Silverlight out-of-browser application. This toolkit has no dependency on browsers such as Internet Explorer or Edge.


New and updated functionality

  • New Operations Center applications
    Operations Center is replaced with the following apps which you access directly on the server (usually though RDP). The overall functionality remains the same as the latest 8.0 version.
    • Operations Center Setting
    • Operations Center Status
    • Index Manager Settings
    • FotoWeb Settings
    • Color Factory Settings
    • Connect Settings
  • Version Control 
    You will receive the necessary Version Control licenses automatically with your next agreement renewal. If you would like to use Version Control before that, contact FotoWare. Version Control needs to be actively enabled. Note that enabling Version Control directly affects storage capacity as the asset and metadata are stored multiple times. 
    For more information, see Version Control in FotoWare On-Premises and Setting archive access and permissions.
  • Support for large file uploads through our APIs and Web Uploader
    For more information, see Large File Upload API.
  • Metadata Macros on Ingestion
    For more information, see Updating asset metadata on ingestion to an archive.
  • Full support of dark mode
    For more information, see Toggling light and dark mode in FotoWare.

  • Update of our database engine MongoDB 
  • New SSO implementation
  • New Session Management UI

Note: We are continuously updating Learn with all of this new information so you may notice some discrepancies between the available functionality and the Learn topics describing same. We will be up-to-date as soon as possible!

Feature Release 17

September 2021

Product build numbers: 

FotoWare 8.0 build 1062




  • MongoDB updated from version 2.6 to version 4.4.
    The FotoWare Update Assistant will migrate the existing database. We recommend backing up the mongodb database manually before installing the updated FotoWare version. Also worth noting is that the drive hosting the mongodb database will require additional space during the update as the database will be duplicated prior to migration. Roughly 1,5 times the size of the existing database size will be required. The space taken up by the additional database will be freed up after migration.
  • Changes to user password hashing for increased security. Make sure you learn about the changes and things to consider before upgrading.

Important things to note about this update

  • FotoWeb FR17 can no longer be installed on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. The minimum required Windows Server version is 2016.
  • A downgrade from FR17 to earlier versions is not possible. The only way to downgrade is to restore the entire configuration from a backup.
  • FR17 includes an updated version of MongoDB (specifically, version 4.4). See the Changes section above for recommendations before proceeding with the update.
  • FotoWeb 7.0 can be upgraded directly to FotoWeb 8.0 FR17, so long as it runs on Windows Server 2016 or higher. 
  • FotoWeb 8.0 FR17 is the last version where updates from FotoWare 7.0 are supported. Future versions will only allow updates from FotoWare 8.0 and up.


Feature Release 15

March 2020

Product build numbers: 

FotoWeb 8.0 build 972

New features:


A host of bug fixes and minor user experience improvements - a complete list of fixes and changes is available in the release notes on the FotoWare Customer Portal.

Aug 2017 Update to the FotoWare 8.0 suite

August 2017

This release introduces FotoWare Protocol (FWP) version 2.0, which enables full client-server communications without requiring client access to Index Manager's document folders over Windows networking (SMB) or Apple File Protocol (AFP). This change affects FotoStation, Index Manager and Color Factory. Several new features not directly associated with the FWP 2.0 implementation have also been added, as outlined below.

Products and build numbers:

  • FotoStation 8.0 build 771
  • Index Manager 8.0 build 770
  • Color Factory 8.0 build 770

New and improved features:

Feature Release 10

June 2017

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 810
  • Index Manager 8.0 build 766

New features:

Feature Release 9

October 2016

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 790

New features:

Feature Release 5

April 2016

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 730

New features:

Feature Release 4

February 2016

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 724
  • Index Manager 8.0 build 720

New features:

Feature Release 3

October 2015

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 715

New features:

Feature Release 2

August 2015

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 710
  • Index Manager 8.0 build 708

New features:

Feature Release 1

June 2015

Product build numbers:

  • FotoWeb 8.0 build 705
  • Index Manager 8.0 build 705

New features: