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Stefan Fleischmann
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Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Sunday, Sep 18, 2022 - 17:22:   

A preview version of X-Ways Forensics 20.7 is now available. The URL of the download directory for all recent versions can be retrieved by querying one's license status as always.

What's new in v20.7 Preview 1?

* 5% more definitions of photo generating devices.

* Front camera recognition improved, especially for Samsung, also for Xiaomi and Apple smartphones.

* Improved grouping of small pictures without metadata when sorting by relevance.

* The Summary table for JPEG pictures has a new entry called "software class", which aggregates information previously spread across various other metadata details. The following values are possible: Adobe, Facebook/Instagram, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google/Picasa, Windows, Android, Firmware, Apple, Social media, Editor, General, Beautifier

* The old Bates numbering function now supports Unicode filenames.

* All fixes of v20.6 SR-3 included.

* Several minor improvements.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022 - 16:52:   

Preview 2:

* The option to display offsets in either hexadecimal or decimal has been moved to the Notation settings. As such, you can have for example hexadecimal offsets in the GUI when using the application, but decimal offsets for example when exporting data from the directory browser for external use.

* Hexadecimal numbers and code can now optionally be written with lower-case letters from a through f. This affects hexadecimal offsets, the hex column, hash value display and more, and this is another option in the Notation settings.

* Relevance computation revised. The number of bits per pixel in a JPEG picture now has an effect on the computed relevance so that rather monotonous and blurred pictures get a lower score.

* The average number of bits per pixel in an actual JPEG picture in Details mode is now accompanied by the known median value of bits per pixel for the same generator signature to put it into perspective.

* Several minor improvements.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022 - 19:12:   

Preview 3:

* Same fix level as v20.6 SR-4.

* Some minor improvements.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Thursday, Nov 3, 2022 - 16:12:   

Beta:

* Filtering for a particular event ID in the event description column without hitting on the same number elsewhere in the description is now easy because the event ID is now prepended with the letters "ID" and a space. (In newly refined volume snapshots only.)

* Chinese translation of the user interface updated.

* A new possible condition in the summary table for JPEG files is "cropped". Cropped means that the dimensions of the picture in pixels are not known to be one of the standard dimensions of the generating device. That also means that the picture is not even considered to be potentially "relatively original", and its relevance will be reduced compared to pictures that are considered "relatively original". The dimension will be displayed in blue in such a case.

* The internal graphics display library was updated for the formats PNG, WEBP und PCX.

* Some minor improvements.

* Same fix level as v20.6 SR-5.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 - 20:05:   

v20.7 was just released. Additional changes:

* The functionality of Excire Forensics is now included in X-Ways Forensics 20.7. That means an artificial intelligence can "view" the pictures in your volume snapshots (when refining it from the main menu) and make you aware of identified content via labels, comments, or automatic categorizations as notable or irrelevant based on rules that you can set.

The complete hierarchy of identifiable content can be seen here: https://www.x-ways.net/Excire_Detected_Objects.txt. Download instructions for the Excire Forensics package can be retrieved by querying one's license status. It's simply in the resource directory. By default the additional files will be expected in a subdirectory \Excire in the installation directory, but you can change the path in Options | File Viewing so that multiple installations of X-Ways Forensics can share the same package.

* Report table associations are now called labels for reasons of simplicity and because v20.7 even more so than previous versions can generate a lot of such associations that will not usually become the basis of a report. If all the files with a particular label are output in a report in tabular form, the result of that, however, is still called a report table.

* Option to adjust American spelling to British spelling in most parts of the user interface when setting English as the active language. British spelling is also the default setting now in new installations of WinHex/X-Ways Forensics/X-Ways Investigator if the Windows installation language is UK English, Australian English or New Zealand English.

* An error in XFS processing has been corrected that prevented the reading of certain directory structures if the directory used an EA fork.

* Fixed an exception error that occurred when trying to preview extracted e-mail messages in extracted text mode.

* Several minor improvements.

* Program help and user manual updated for v20.7.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Monday, Nov 28, 2022 - 10:35:   

SR-1:

* Fixed an I/O error that could occur after using the gallery to display files in nested disk images.

* Fixed a memory corruption error that could occur on some machines in the 32-bit edition when trying analyze photos with artificial intelligence.

* Prevented a message box that had to be clicked away when trying to add inaccessible drive letters to the active case through the command line.

* Potentially prevented instabilities with the internal graphics display library.

* Fixed an infinite loop that could occur in v20.6 and the original v20.7 release when uncovering Windows resource data embedded within carved DLLs.

* Several minor improvements.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 - 7:21:   

SR-2:

* Fixed inability to run a picture content analysis in v20.7 SR-1.

* Improved treatment of NTFS reparse points.

* Fixed an exception error that could occur in v20.6 and v20.7 when imaging storage devices from the command line.
Stefan Fleischmann
Username: admin

Registered: 1-2001
Posted on Friday, Dec 2, 2022 - 12:52:   

The passwords for downloads and protected web pages have changed and can be retrieved by querying one's license status as always (if your licenses have access to updates).

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