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Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2002 - 21:48:   

A beta version of WinHex 10.4 is now available here.

What's new?

* The Access button menu has been extended for physical disks. WinHex now allows you to open every partition of a physical disk individually, even if is not mapped as a logical drive by Windows e.g. because file system is unknown to Windows (such as Ext2) or the drive is not properly formatted. The file system of each
partition is now displayed in the Access button menu.

* The RAM editor now allows to limit editing to a variable, user-defined range of memory addresses. Also, opening a process with a huge amount of allocated memory is more efficient now under Windows NT/2000/XP.

* A new license type ("specialist") has been introduced, targeted mainly at computer forensic and IT security specialists, allowing to use an exclusive set of features to be found in the Tools menu.

* WinHex can now create a disk "catalog" of existing and deleted files and directories (specialist license only), with user-configurable information such as attributes, date&time stamps, size, number of first cluster, MD5, etc. Extremely useful to examine the contents of a disk. The resulting table can be imported by databases or MS Excel.

* Gather all text from any file or disk in a destination file (specialist license only). This kind of filter is useful to considerably reduce the amount of data to handle if you are looking for leads in the form of text, such as e-mail messages, documents, etc. The destination file can be easily split. This function e.g. can also be applied to a file with collected slack space or free space, or to damaged files in a proprietary format than can no longer be opened by their native applications, like MS Word, to recover at least unformatted text.

* When opening a folder, you may now specify more than one file mask at a time, and concatenate them like *.exe;*.dll;*.drv.

* The Backup Manager will now list all .whx files found in the folder for backup files, regardless of whether they match its own naming convention or not.

* The Split File function has been improved.

* If the cursor is within a file allocation table of a drive, you will now find the name of the file represented by the current entry in the details panel.

* Motorola S5 records are supported.

* Many minor improvements.

Registered users please note that WinHex 10.4 Beta won't work with your normal license codes (you may request new codes by e-mail).
Carl Garon
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 - 2:03:   

I just download winhex 10.4 beta and try it.

1) Is it possible to add this fonctionality in a future version of winhex: the possibility to read the image file of a disk with winhex in a logical way?


2) By the way, how does it cost to upgrade from privated license to specialist license???
Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 - 2:17:   

1) You mean, the possibility to treat a disk image file like a disk, with all the additional features like file cluster allocation, etc.? Something I will note for the future.

2) The upgrade won't be much more than the difference between what you originally paid and what the specialist license will cost (see help file for that information).
Carl Garon
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 - 2:26:   

1) Yes, this is what I mean...

2) That means about 50$US???

Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 - 2:29:   

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 - 8:34:   

Any differences between the Specialist and Pro licenses?
Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002 - 11:21:   

Yes, the commands in the new Specialist Tools menu are available for owners of a Specialist license only. Some more Specialist features may be added later.
Karli (Stux)
Posted on Friday, Mar 1, 2002 - 18:12:   

Do you plan on including Non-Windows Partition formats (like ext2, nfs, etc.) as other ways of reading(and possibly writing) a partition and/or disk image?
Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Friday, Mar 1, 2002 - 20:10:   

Special support for other file system, not right now. However, any partition can now be opened, copied and backed up individually, regardless of the file system.
Ken Crotty
Posted on Saturday, Mar 2, 2002 - 20:42:   

1) Have you thought of addding a set of graphics file viewers for files, slack and unassigned space? This might help make sense of artifacts for forensics use.

2) An MFT record view for NT4, Win2K and XP versions would be very helpful also. Any schedule for this?
Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Saturday, Mar 2, 2002 - 21:00:   

1) You mean the ability to interpret any given data as a full or partial .jpg/.bmp/.gif picture? This could turn out quite difficult for file fragments other than the beginning of a file and an entire file. Thanks for the idea.

2) No schedule, but I already think about further enhanced NTFS support.
Stefan Fleischmann (Admin)
Posted on Sunday, Mar 3, 2002 - 13:58:   

WinHex 10.4 has just been released.
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