Retrospective 3.6.0 - Makes tedious searching smooth

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Retrospective 3.6.0 - Makes tedious searching smooth

Postby marek.psiuk » 20 Feb 2016, 17:10

After the last, fine release it was clear that Retrospective is a one fine stable performance beast that can handle challenges of enterprise environments with calmness and grace. However, since we strive for perfection, we can always easily find some new dimensions for improvement. Release 3.6.0 once again produces the fruit of such an attitude. In the past few months we focused on making the user’s life easier by providing several cool features that can easily transform even the most tedious kind of searching into a painless smooth ride. Yes, I agree, it is hard to believe ☺ … but let me just mention the main points to make you a believer:

  • Automatic time offset adjustment – how often did your servers have problems with time synchronization or were simply located in different time zones. Automatic time offset adjustment allows you to forget about this by firstly detecting the time difference and then applying counteraction so that the difference is invisible to the user.
  • Custom log level definition – sometimes your log files may have quite exotic names for various log levels. So far Retrospective has tried to look for all possible log level name variations but it was not very efficient. Now you are able to define your own log levels, assign some fancy icons and colors and also specify how the levels are recognized. So you get the information about log levels in a suitable fashion and searching goes faster.
  • Splitting search results and saving to Excel – this can be extraordinarily useful when your search gives a lot of data. Now the results can be automatically split to several files and you can have them saved directly in Excel format where some further analysis can easily be performed.
  • File browser enhancements – if you use a Mac and you go to your home folder, then all hidden files are not visible. It’s quite handy because mostly you are not interested in these files. Now Retrospective lets you decide whether hidden files should be visible or not. Additionally special files like sockets and block devices are marked with dedicated icons, which makes navigation through your servers much more pleasant.
  • Adding/replacing time search criteria from selection – when you’re searching for something, then it’s common that one search result gives input for another searching and step-by-step you get closer to your final goal. Retrospective now allows you to easily extend and modify the time search criteria of new searching on the basis of entries visible in the current search. So now the transition from one step to another is really smooth ☺.
Indeed, the features are cool and fun but most importantly they just really make your life easier. On top of the above main improvements, we’ve added handling monitoring of single files appearing in the future, implemented search optimization for tarballs with a single file, improved Autofind encoding detection and synced Autofind implementation between different parts of applications. We’ve also improved the support for XML highlighting and formatting.

Besides adding new features we have done some minor bug fixing. We are confident that Retrospective is a stable and dependable piece of software that can serve you in the most demanding situations. Should you take all the above on faith? Not at all! The 3.6.0 release is ready to be grabbed and it simply challenges you to try it and check for yourself that once again good engineering has been delivered and your searching can be far smoother and more painless than before.

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