Serial Monitor History
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This release is dedicated mostly to polishing various application features. It improves a lot of existing components by fixing bugs and memory leaks. It also significantly reduces application memory requirements and works around memory exhaustion issues, particularly on 32-bit systems.
This release introduces high-precision session time measurement mode. As of 7.51, this mode is supported by USB, Serial and Network modules. When enabled (per-session), Device Monitoring Studio uses high-precision system timer for packet time-stamping. This mode is enabled by default if Device Monitoring Studio is installed on Windows 7 or later.
Starting from 7.51, various device information is automatically saved to a log file if the Data Recording module is added to a monitoring session. This includes the Serial Device Information for serial devices and all kinds of USB descriptors for USB devices (Device Descriptor, Configuration Descriptor and HID Descriptor tool windows).
When resulting log file is later selected in the Devices tool window, corresponding tool windows are updated with saved information.
Raw Data View and Structure View data visualizers now support additional packet coloring mode. Now they allow the user to choose one of three modes: no coloring, packet interlacing (coloring odd and even packets) and read/write coloring (coloring read and write packets).
This release fixes over 200 different bugs, including crashes. A special attention has been paid to the following:
- Monitoring session startup and shutdown-related issues, including crashes and hangs. This includes configuring and starting monitoring session, adding or removing data processing modules to running session and stopping monitoring session, as well as changing session's Capture Filter or visualizers' Display Filter for a running session.
- Capture and display filter performance.
- Protocol binding performance.
- Issues with various data visualizers. Almost every data visualizer has been optimized or fixed in some way.
- Workspace saving and loading issues.
Here is a short list of most remarkable fixed bugs:
- Line View
- Line View had a bug that prevented it from working. Now Line View works correctly when monitoring serial modems.
- Correct emergency session termination
- When resources are low, Device Monitoring Studio is now more robust in stopping affected high-data rate monitoring sessions, or session processing modules. This mostly affects 32-bit systems or systems with slow secondary storage.
- Log file repairing
- Device Monitoring Studio has always repaired damaged log files on startup. If log file was large, it introduced a startup delay (only splash screen was visible and application appeared to be hanging). Now a progress bar is shown to tell the user that application is alive.
- Serial communication mode
- A number of various bugs related to support for serial communication mode in Serial and Serial Bridge modules have been fixed. This includes saving the mode into the workspace or log file.
- Operating with limited processing resources
- During monitoring Device Monitoring Studio uses available disk space as configured in the Data Processing Tab (invoked by Tools » Settings menu command). We have fixed a number of bugs related to Device Monitoring Studio operation under limited settings (like 1% on a single disk and 0% on all others).
- "Exporter" data processing modules: Raw Exporter, Text Exporter and Data Recording
- A number of bugs have been fixed in exporter modules. CPU and memory usage have been carefully profiled and optimized.
Memory Usage Optimizations
This release also brings improvements to Device Monitoring Studio memory usage strategies. All critical paths have been carefully analyzed and profiled, resulting in memory usage savings of up to 10 times in several places. Application is now much more robust on systems with lower amount of RAM. In addition, when installed on 32-bit operating systems, application is now capable of sustaining much higher data rates during monitoring.
Reduced memory demands now also allow to start "heavier" monitoring sessions - sessions with more data processing modules, complex custom protocols and filter expressions.
This release drops support for 64-bit Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. 32-bit versions of these operating systems are still supported.
Remote Source now requires at least Windows Vista and will not be installed on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
Future releases will drop support for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 entirely.
UI Layout Update
This release will install new default UI layout (tool windows and toolbars). Any user-defined layout will be overwritten.