Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Update: On the Road to Outpost 2009. Improved Network Activity screen

This blog posting is the first in a series where I’ll describe the new features and improvements we’re making as we develop the Outpost Pro 2009 products, which are now going into beta. We’re encouraging everyone to get to know the new versions gradually, learning all aspects of what’s new and what’s better, so we can get your feedback as we develop the products. Many of the improvements in our products are suggested by our users, so you might find your idea in a future blog posts in this series. Look for new information about Outpost Pro 2009 here every Monday!

Many of the improvements involve the GUI and the overall ease-of-use of the products. The first aspect I’m going to write about is the new Network Activity window, whose goal is to provide you with real-time information about what’s going on inside and outside of your PC. Those of you who have used our products before will recognize the screenshots below.

Here’s how the Network Activity monitor screen looks like in Outpost Security Suite 2008:



And here’s the 2009 version:



We received many requests to implement this feature, so here it is. The driving principle in the new implementation is the grouping of connections for applications, which we were not able to implement in the 2008 products. This enables you to see traffic summaries as well as separate data for each connection. You can also group connections by column.

Another thing we’re planning to do here is enable application properties and rules list pop-ups when you double-click on an item, so you don’t have to choose Settings and then further options to see the details. A small but useful point which should be implemented in an upcoming iteration.

So what’s the benefit of this approach over the corresponding display in Outpost 2008? In a word, consistency. The more convenient display and simple grouping of items makes the information easier to understand and more intuitive, as you would expect in a mature product like Outpost.

If you would like to try the beta-version yourself and help us improve the product, please go to http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/betatest.php. We look forward to welcoming you to our beta testing family, and don’t forget to check back here next Monday for another preview. To make it even easier, subscribe to our RSS-feed to receive new information as soon as it’s posted.

Cheers,

Alexey Belkin,
Chief Software Architect, Agnitum

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one feature I loved in OP 3.5+, and was quite disappointed that OP 2008 took a step backwards in this regard.

I believe OP is geared towards advanced users, who want total visibility of their network connections.

Adding this feature in will give OP some credibility back, look forward to it.

Anonymous said...

Please add IP ranges in new 2009 series, wildcards are not enough...

Anonymous said...

Please add support E-mail client TheBat in Anti-Spam the module.

robert said...

Add bytes sent/ recv automatic change to kB or MB and speed manual change from kb/s, kB/s, MB/s like was in Outpost <=4v.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe that in OP NS 3 I am unable to disable improvenet and manually manage software internet access as in OP NS 2. Taking such a level of control away is shocking.

PLEASE put the application management back into NS 3 (ALLOW IMPROVENET TO BE DISABLED) - AT LEAST all the policy to be set (not always on rules wizard AKA "Improvenet").

I've removed NS3 off the server and rolled all the clients back to NS2.

If this is not addressed, I would estimate a high proportion of technical people will move to a competing product, with myself included.

OP3 NS UNHAPPY USER