As we mentioned in our DVR Examiner Birthday Post, the team has been hard at work on developing DVR Examiner 3.0 and I want to start sharing some details on what is coming! So, we are going to kick off a DVR Examiner 3.0 Feature Friday series. While I cannot guarantee we will have a Feature Friday every week, I can guarantee our feature highlights will be on a Friday! Make sure you subscribe to the blog to keep up to date!
DVR Examiner 3.0 has a lot of new features, and a redesigned user interface that opens the door for many future possibilities. We are keeping a lot of the overall feel of the application with a clip list, preview tabs, and probably the ribbon, but we are streamlining the look and feel while also adding a lot of great new capabilities.
While we are working to move more and more items into our ‘done is done’ list, things you see in a Feature Friday post are still subject to change. A big component of why you might see some change is from user feedback. To help facilitate this feedback, we have a new Ideas portal:
From here you can submit (and vote for) different features within DVR Examiner, and we will use this as a forum to collect additional details and update you on our plans for any given feature. Feel free to take a look at some of the suggestions we currently have, and by all means feel free to add your own as well!
When I was reviewing the features that I would consider ‘done’ enough to show off, I was torn between a few, some are big improvements capability wise, and some are big updates from a look and feel. Overall, I decided it was best to start at, well, the start.
Those of you who have been DVR Examiner users for a while will remember a few different iterations of our first starting or landing screen. Our goal with this screen has always been to create a simple and easy to use landing page that makes it easier for you to get started, whether you are looking for advanced capabilities or just want to quickly get to your evidence. We hope that this latest iteration accomplishes that, while also looking a whole lot better.
As you can see, we are keeping the ever-popular dark theme with DVR Examiner, but we have cleaned up the palette a bit and added some additional stylistic tweaks. For those of you who aren’t a fan of the dark theme, we will be looking at a light theme as well. If you are interested in a light theme, you can vote for that idea here.
Do you have a lot of hard drives connected to your workstation that are never from a DVR? With the new start page, we have added the ability to hide any of your regular physical disks, leaving you with just the disks that you are interested in scanning with DVR Examiner.
Prefer to work with disk image files directly? No problem, 3.0 will continue to support raw (dd) and E01 forensic image formats, both contiguous and segmented, and we increased the number of raw (dd) segments we support.
We have also consolidated a lot of the different screens you used to see 2.x into this screen. Licensing information and updates are all included here. We have also moved the ‘tips and tricks’ into its own screen, easily accessible from this start screen.
You will also see in the left-hand corner there a few buttons regarding creating a new case, and launching the case wizard. Those are pretty large topics on their own, so stay tuned and we’ll be sure to cover them in an upcoming Feature Friday.
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