It's been a while. Sorry for that - we're slacking. Actually - we've been busy doing a couple of conferences. In February Chris and Andrew spoke at [IT Defense] in Frankfurt and a week later I spoke at [Hackcon] in Oslo. And we're getting ready to do Maltego [training] and a 3 hour [workshop] at BlackHat Barcelona. So there's that as an excuse. But this post is not only about excuses. No - after an awesome breakfast meeting at [Barn52] we've come to an agreement on the roadmap for Maltego in 2011 and I would like to share some of it with you, the reader..;)
Maltego 3.0.4 should be ready for release at the end of March 2011. The major feature in 3.0.4 is the direct import of spreadsheet files. Yup..eventually we get to do that - input is a spreadsheet and output is beautiful graph. Also think import and export of the entire Maltego configuration and license expiry notification (but those don't really count compared to XLSX and CSV import).
Once that is in place you'll see a split in the product. Think Maltego Lite. Although we all hate the word and we'll NEVER EVER call it that, it kind of describes what we have in mind quite well. Think Maltego without transforms but with lots of new, crisp entities, manual linking, link description, layouts, analysis and spreadsheet import, manual layouts, photo and document adding, annotations & bookmarking, graph merging etc. etc. All at a price that you can easily afford.
Of course, all of the (new) good stuff will go into the flagship 3.0.5 (or perhaps 3.1) as well and the idea is to release the two products at the same time. When can you expect this goodness? "Nou nou" - which in Afrikaans means anything between 10 minutes and 6 months.
PS: If you're in Barcelona come say 'Hi'. We're fairly friendly. We're on 5 days without incident...;)