Ping Plotter 2.30 released!

Ping Plotter 2.30 released!

The next release of Ping Plotter is now available. Download the shareware version, or update your registered version at the Ping Plotter Download Site.

Version 2.30 has the following new features and bug fixes (since 2.20):

  • The timeline graphs now show packet loss percentages. This adds information to time periods greater than a few hours (where it used to just show that there was at least one packet lost), and can help show trending quite a bit better. If you prefer the old style graphs, hold down the shift key while right clicking on a timeline graph and enable "Old style timeline graphs".
  • Packet loss percentages can now be shown on the upper graph.
  • Added ability to turn on/off min/max lines on the upper graph. This can help during long term monitoring where a single bad response could change the scale of the entire graph.
  • The lower timeline graphs can now be scrolled using ALT-LEFT, ALT-RIGHT, ALT-HOME, ALT-END, ALT-PGUP, ALT-PGDN. These keys work when the upper graph is selected (because the lower graphs don't actually accept focus). Clicking on the lower graph will focus the upper graph.
  • The lower timeline graphs now resize based on their current size when adding a new graph - rather than resizing to 65 pixels always.
  • Added an option to use high performance timers when tracing. This increases the accuracy when using Windows NT/2000 - where the best accuracy reported by ICMP.DLL is 10 ms.
  • Added ARIN Block IP lookups to see who owns an IP address. This works even if the IP doesn't resolve to a name.
  • All Open/Save dialogs have been updated to have the "Places" bar for Windows 2000/ME users.
  • Added automatic version checking. Ping Plotter will now check to see if there's an update available and let you know if there is.
  • Added support for multiple INI files. This is useful when you automatically start multiple instances of Ping Plotter and want the output to be different between instances.
  • Added "zooming" logic so when you decrease the time shown in the timeline graph it tries to keep your selected time period in focus. This can be useful to focus in on a period in the 48 hour graph, and then zoom down to the 30 minute (or similar) graph to see the period in more detail.
  • Changed the alert system to no longer use averages. Averages were hard to understand in the context of lost packets, and in all cases we reviewed, the alternate method was superior.
  • Added ability to change the Subject line in alert e-mail messages. $host can be included to show the final destination.
  • Exporting to text files was substantially improved.
  • Can ping only the final destination (rather than tracing all hops between you and the final destination). While this turns off some of the core functionality of Ping Plotter, it can be handy if you're using alerts, or only want to graph performance to the final destination and don’t want to use the extra bandwidth required to trace the intermediate hops
  • Registration codes are now validate against a server database. See here for more details on this.
  • Changing packet cargo options now take affect immediately.
  • Stability improvements (as always). Several access violations fixed; a problem with save files was fixed; Improved alert reliability; minor graph overdraw no longer happens; PNG files now come out with better color; WhoIs processing cleaned up a bit; Minimizing to the tray works more reliably (including improved tray "click" behavior).