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Stefan Fleischmann
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Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Thursday, Oct 26, 2006 - 23:17:   

A beta version of X-Ways Forensics 13.5 is now available. The download link can be retrieved by querying one's license status.

What's new?

* When searching for keywords and you are not interested in each and every search hit, but merely in which files contain at least one the specified keywords, the logical search now allows you to greatly accelerate the process with the new "one hit per file needed only" option. Time is saved because X-Ways Forensics can skip the remainder of a file once a hit is recorded and continue with the next file. The resulting search hit list will be incomplete, however, it is guaranteed that it contains all the files for which there was at least one hit, and it contains each such file only once. Such a list is sufficient (and efficient!) to manually review the affected files, comment on them, copy the files off an image or pass them on to other investigators in an evidence file container etc.

* After creating a search index (unless distributed indexing is enabled), X-Ways Forensics now automatically starts an optional optimization step, which you can safely abort at any time if you wish to continue using the program (i.e. for an index search). During optimization, the various *.xfi index component files will be consolidated, which improves the performance of index searches and ensures that the Export Word List feature won't export duplicate words. In future versions, you will be able to initiate the optimization step separately at any time after an index was created.

* Adding files to an evidence file container with their complete path is now optional. That means, if you select the directory "Vacation 2006" for inclusion in the container without its complete path, then the target path will be \Vacation 2006, no matter whether it originally was \Vacation 2006 or \Pictures\Vacation 2006 or \My Files\Pictures\Vacation 2006. If you select the files directly with the new option, then they will end up directly at the root level. The new option is useful when adding preprocessed files (e.g. relevant excerpts from free space) from one's own hard disk to a container, where the complete path is irrelevant.

* Ability to conveniently select from a drop down box whether to add file slack to an evidence file container.

* The new dialog window that allows to add files to an evidence file container now confirms the indirect filling method if enabled.

* Newly created container files now get the extension .ctr so that they can be better distinguished from conventional image files.

* Parity delay in HP/Compaq RAID 5 assembly now variable.

* Compatibility with certain exotic NTFS volumes. (still testing)
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Stefan Fleischmann
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Posted on Tuesday, Oct 31, 2006 - 13:42:   

v13.5 was just released.
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Stefan Fleischmann
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Posted on Saturday, Nov 25, 2006 - 20:02:   

SR-1:

* Indexing errors due to corrupt file system data structures less fatal.

* Various minor improvements and error corrections.
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Stefan Fleischmann
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Posted on Thursday, Nov 30, 2006 - 16:45:   

SR-2:

* The "1 hit per file needed only" logical search option didn't work in SR-1. This was fixed.
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Stefan Fleischmann
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Posted on Friday, Dec 8, 2006 - 1:58:   

SR-3:

* Some minor improvements and fixes.
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Stefan Fleischmann
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Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Saturday, Sep 1, 2007 - 14:55:   

SR-4:

* Some of the fixes introduced in later versions. Final release.

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