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Retrospective 3.5.0 - Always finds your needle in a haystack

Posted: 17 Aug 2015, 09:46
by marek.psiuk
Time since the last release has passed quickly and here we are today providing you yet another release of our cool Retrospective Log Analyzer. Everybody knows that the devil is in the detail, thus in the 3.5.0 release we tried to polish small but significantly important details of our software. Let’s see what the new version can offer you so you’ll always be able to find your needle in a haystack of any kind of log data:

  • A broad extension of available search criteria covering not only text filtering such as regular expressions (regex) and wildcards but also time-based filtering allowing you to search your log data produced in the last hour or during the current day.
  • Flexible joining of time search criteria in a way that matches data to any of the formulated criteria. Previously you would be forced to run search several times looking for files from last week, yesterday and today. Now you can do it in a single search without needing to click around and switch between tabs.
  • User-friendly extension of the context diving that aids you in the quite common problem: “Ok I’ve found what I was looking for but now I want to know what happened just before it and just after it”.
  • Nice highlighting and formatting of Xml data appearing in the log files that allows you to understand and analyze any piece of Xml more easily than ever.
  • Full upgrade to Java 8 which is definitely not something easily noticeable but “under the hood” ensures that your machine is used as effectively as possible when doing intensive searching or monitoring. Besides, every geek knows that Java 8 is cool as hell which ideally suits the coolness of Retrospective :D.

We also fixed the little things, for example, “I want to monitor a directory but Retrospective does not allow me to do it because it’s empty”. A support for initially empty directory is now available for you. Also when the file was skipped from searching because of its modification time you could wonder what makes the results not appear in the result table. Now you are appropriately notified about skipping files performed in optimizations. We also improved the memory allocation and buffer handling so you can notice a smaller footprint of Retrospective especially when doing some searching. Finally, we have fixed a lot of bugs both on the UI side and on the Core side so … if they annoyed you, they are gone now, wandered away to green pastures – a proper place for all kind of bugs ;).

So there are bigger things and there are smaller things added to Retrospective making it better but for sure there are a lot of them and it makes checking out this shiny new release hard to resist :) … especially when you have a bunch of needles to find daily in different kinds of haystacks!

Re: Retrospective 3.5.0 - Always finds your needle in a hays

Posted: 29 Aug 2015, 10:05
by Sin.Gularity

currently testing Version 3.5.0 (Current Version 3.5.0 (2015-02-27); according to Help --> About Retrospective --> 3.5.0 Build 8).

When starting up it always claims that a newer version is available --> 3.5.0 (2015-08-14).

Using the offered "Click open to download it from Retrospective's website." it always directing me to the original download site where only Version 2015-02-27 --> Windows X64 zip install (Download 64 bit version (requires JRE 8)) is available for download.

Did i miss something?

The same holds true for using Help --> Update Software.

Can you shed some light on this?

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,


Re: Retrospective 3.5.0 - Always finds your needle in a hays

Posted: 31 Aug 2015, 13:10
by marek.psiuk
Hello SG,

there was a mistake in the code which caused 3.5.0 Build 8 to be marked with date 2015.02.27 while it should be marked with 2015.08.14. This resulted in wrong notification about update.

Now it is fixed in 3.5.0 Build 9 that is already available on the download site. Please grab it and your problem will be gone :) .

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Kind regards,


Re: Retrospective 3.5.0 - Always finds your needle in a hays

Posted: 01 Sep 2015, 23:12
by Sin.Gularity
Hi Marek,

thanks for your fast reply.

Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Will try.