8.1.0 :)

I’ve started work on what will be one of the biggest changes to the way Xinorbis operates in its history.

At the moment, there is a big difference between the Folder History data and displays, and the “live” data and displays. It’s been that way for a very long time, and it’s worked well. These decisions have shaped Xinorbis in so many ways; I look at things now I wonder why they’re like that, they could be much better. They’ve forced design choices that could have been better.

However, I think it’s quite a bit more complicated than it needs to be. The next version (which will likely be 8.1.0 and released sometime in July) will remove the clunkyness of the interface, and remove the unnecessary differences between the two main features.

There will be a choice of data source: Folder History or Live (though this could be imported data too). Each display will then operate on the current source. It will still mean that both sets of data can be loaded at once, and there will be no loss of charts/tables/reports/etc. It will mean a tidier interface, and Folder History will get access to everything that the live data does.

As usual, if you have any specific requests or suggestions then send me an email.

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Xinorbis 8.0.15 out now!

It’s a day earlier than expected, and full of great stuff!

  • Several bugs fixed.
  • Memory leaks removed
  • Lots of minor improvements (mainly reports, report editing)
  • Scan performance improvements (2-10%)

Have a look at the readme and changelog for more information.

The next version will be in a few weeks. I want to increase scan/analysis performance even further, and this could take some time.

I also want to rewrite the report code, add more report options (and output types), and improve the GUI. Plus, of course, the usual array of tweaks.

Don’t forget to get in touch if you find any bugs, or have any suggestions!

Xinorbis for macOS (plus other news)

It’s not available yet, but I hope to have a beta available this year. It’s always been my plan to have a native Mac port, but I was never sure if it was worth the considerable effort. I think it is.

It’ll definitely be available on the App Store, and maybe also be available via xinorbis.com. There might be a Free version, who knows!

At the end of the week I’ll be releasing 8.0.15. This is going to be an important release with some performance improvements, improved reporting, fixes, and lots of under-the-hood-tweaks.

See you then.

Current to-do list

Help and documentation (xinorbis.com/help/)

I uploaded many updates last night, but there is still a fair bit to do. I’ll be making regular changes over the next few weeks, and hopefully it won’t take too long! Don’t forget that if you can’t find the help you need online then please send me an email…

Reports

Looking at the possibility of new report options (JSON, PDF, native Excel). I also want to make improvements to the HTML reports, and tweak Text output.

GUI

I like the current GUI, it’s the best that Xinorbis has ever had, but I don’t think it’s perfect. I think the Folder History layout could be nicer, and there are some areas that are a little too “busy”.

So, that’s it. Xinorbis has a bright future!

8.0.14 is out

It’s a little bit earlier than I would have liked, but I wanted to get out a fix for a file size bug that was sent to me this morning.

The report editors are in place, and they’re awesome (of course), but they’re not totally finished yet.

I’ve also fixed a bug with the Folder Structure view (crashes), added an option to save the log, and the usual array of minor tweaks and fixes.

I’ve also added a new tool, X.Diagnostic, if you get any strange behaviour with Xinorbis then the output from that would be useful!

I’m still working on updating the online help. It’s a big task, but I’m making decent progress.

 

Report Editors!

I’ve been spending an awful lot of time getting very acquainted with the Xinorbis source code over the last few months.

One of the big surprises has been how old some of the code and resources are. When I was updating the Preferences window I noticed that the images representing each report type were 7 years old!! I’d seen them hundreds of times before, but never realised 1) how old they were, and b) how awful they were. If you’ve looked at the 8.0.13 update you’ll see they’re much prettier now.

I’ve rewritten thousands of lines of code so far this year; redesigned much of the applications architecture, and fixed many bugs along the way. I’ve improved features which have always worked, but have somehow managed to survive almost untouched for years.

And so we get to the title of this post. The Report Editors are getting a massive overhaul. Each Report type will get their own improved editing window, featuring real-time preview and improved usability.

I started on Saturday with the HTML report editor, and will move through the others in turn.

Reports are one aspect of Xinorbis which will receive a lot of well-deserved attention over the coming weeks.

Look out for these big changes coming to 8.0.14 sometime in June!