Yet another one of the huge changes made in 3 is the detail view, its now super useful in terms of being used during analysis. Previously selecting multiple entities merely showed you a list of these entities:
Now however it offers a much wider view, allowing you to sort by name, weight, incoming and outgoing links, as well being able to search/select these entities and have them selected on the graph, as seen below:
One of the other nice features is being able to go back to the graph by double clicking on one of the entities, this will then zoom that specific entity to the center of the graph.
The detail view is also extended for single entities and broken up into 3 different sections: Relationships - showing your incoming and outgoing connections (also selectable, will change to that specific entity and center it on the graph)Notes - The ability to make notes on an entity (not yet implemented)Generator detail - the standard detail view showing snippets, transforms run to get to this ent…
So i wasn't completely happy with the old icons, they smaller sizes seemed to be slightly blurry and we have discussed it and picked a bunch of new ones, which still might change again depending on how well they come out within the app, see some of the choices below :)
Can't move. Played tennis last night (first time in a while)..and currently pulling the 17 Feb release. It's pushing 18MB. Wish we had more bandwidth. OK it's here - let's see....
Tested new client with some home grown transforms on a local TAS - discovery etc. works well. Lots of changes in List View (a new view we introduced in v3) - it's now almost working like it should. The new icons still look uncool. Can do with it what we want, they still look crap. We might even go back to the old ones - or perhaps a mix of the two.
Context menus when running transforms now includes 'config transform', 'timing options' and 'help' buttons. I am hoping it's not overwhelming for users. We should still get them to do things.. The CPU problem turned out to be a memory problem. Increasing the memory available helps, but it simply delays the problem - thus...something is leaking. At least we can test further down the release.
Chris and the gang have been doing a fantastic job, heres just one of the many new features that i love, custom entity creation, no longer will it be a hack to get in your own entities.
Its a very simple wizard with a lot of advanced options (such as adding additional fields and regular expressions to match pasting), the new entity manager is also a blessing! See the pics below as i quickly (2 mins) create a new WifiAP for my graph.
The new Entity Manager
Setting properties and icons
Default values and sections
Adding it to a category
Specifying additional properties In this case, ESSID, encryption and last seen dates. Note you can also specify the type and there are loads to choose from!
Plurals, Palette and Regular expressions
Using my new entity!
As you can see it is a relatively painless process and the final 3 steps (additional properties, display and regular expression screens) are optional. This is definitely going to make the local transform 'scene' explode…
The new icons look really horrible in the graph. This is a real pity. We either need to choose new ones, or work on the sizing...or..something. It's amazing that things look really good on paper, but as soon as you work with it, it falls apart. Guess that's the difference between talking and thinking about things and making it really work in real life.
CPU is still flat lining as soon as you push the interface a bit - not that this is a surprise - the team spent a good deal of time working on branding and graphics this week. Makes the shitty icons even more of a setback. Detail view is back in, but it's not keep state of open and closed sections. Screen real estate is a real problem. Still missing a lot of short cut keys, copy and paste functionality..the list goes on. Are we ever going to get there..? We can only keep on trying and not lose hope that this is going to be great - someday.