Here is a summary of the changes to CD/DVD Inspector with the different release versions. Discounted upgrades from previous versions are available - contact InfinaDyne for more information.
Version 6 is a complete rebuild of the product utilizing current Microsoft compiler technology. It also is a departure from using the WIBUKey dongle in favor of serialized USB devices.
New features in CD/DVD Inspector 5.0 are:
- Support for EX01 image file format (read-only)
- New automatic collection of physical media to an image file and then processing the image file.
This is a considerable performance improvement when features such as hashing, reporting with images, or use of the Image Gallery are used.
- Support for reading and writing ISO+CUE image file format
- New version of graphics image library with new image support capabilities and faster JPEG processing.
- New timeline report capability, which introduces a method by which a disc can be analyzed to produce a complete mapping of every event represented by a timestamp on the disc.
- Image gallery - shows every image on the disc on a single display.
- More information displayed by the "Source Information" display.
- Better compatibility with high-resolution (4K & QHD) displays.
- Resizable image view.
With high-resolution monitors a lot more screen landscape can be used.
- Rotate left and right 90 degrees for image viewer.
- The concept of writing an image file has been reworked somewhat so that there is now
one menu selection, one file name prompt and the type of image is selected there.
This eliminates the user interface distinction between a "ZIP Image" and an "ISO image"
With the addition of ISO+CUE images this makes more sense.
- Lots of changes under the covers that should be invisible.
New features in CD/DVD Inspector 4.1 are:
- Support for multiple drive utilization with all robotic systems - as long as a camera is present. Without a camera it becomes impossible to keep track of the discs as they become quite scrambled as they are processed. With a camera serial number labels can be used to ensure that each disc and its content are completely tracked.
- Hash matching is now done using one or more ODBC-defined databases. Either a database defined for CD/DVD Inspector or a C4P database can be used. C4P is a product of Ontario Provincial Police. A tool for manipulating these hash databases and loading various types of data into them is included.
- Improved data carving based on the InfinaDyne file information dictionary used to identify files.
- Fixed-name robotic loader reports are no longer used. Instead, any defined report can be chosen to be output by the robotic loader processing.
New features in CD/DVD Inspector 4.0 are:
- E01-type image files can now be read. While these image files capture only a portion of the content of a CD, there are some situations where this is the only information that is available.
- A flexible report generation capability is built into the product. This allows producing reports direct to print, in HTML format as well as text files and in CSV format for importing into other tools. For direct-to-print and HTML format thumbnail images are available in reports.
- SHA1 hash values are generated for files and discs.
- A Thumbnail display is available for the file pane. This will show thumbnails of image files (including many movie formats) and the Windows icon for other types of files.
- The Disc Map tool has been revised and has a new display. Now single-sector resolution is displayed and the Disc Map information is used internally to construct files to represent data not otherwise claimed by any file system on the disc.
- Consolidated media error reporting which puts all media-related errors in a single window which can be copied to the clipboard or saved as a text file.
For 4.0 there have also been significant improvements in Robotic Loader support. With a camera multiple drives can be used to process discs on some hardware. An HTML report is now available which can show image thumbnails from discs processed.
New features in CD/DVD Inspector 3.0 are:
- Image file support for both ISO and InfinaDyne image file formats. CD/DVD Inspector will now open and display information from a .ISO type image file directly and much of the functionality of the product is available. Complete functionality is available when the InfinaDyne image file format is used.
- Replacement of licensing system. Many customers have had difficulties with the Rainbow licensing system and dongles. Because of this we have stopped using Rainbow and moved to WIBU-KEY. With the WIBU-KEY system each dongle is programmed individually for CD/DVD Inspector before it leaves InfinaDyne. All keys are identical and no licensing file is required to connect the key to program. This should make all licensing and authorization much easier for our customers.
- Improved support for graphic file formats. CD/DVD Inspector now natively supports ART, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF graphic file formats. Additionally, over 125 raw camera formats are supported. Displayed graphic files can be saved into JPEG format for easy interchange with coworkers.
- Improved file scanning user interface. Previously it was necessary to use a text editor to construct a "specification file" in order to use the Scan Files function. This has been changed so that the specifications can be entered directly into a dialog in the program. Saved specification files can still be loaded into the dialog for ease of use.
- Direct support for ISO-type image files. Now CD/DVD Inspector can open such files and examine them. Not all of the functionality of CD/DVD Inspector is available when using an ISO image file because this does not contain all of the possible data from a CD or DVD.
- New Sector Display can now be opened at almost any time, even when other dialogs are displayed. Multiple Sector Display dialogs can be open at the same time.
- New Table of Contents display can be opened and left open for reference purposes.
- File system support improvements to better handle UDF file systems. Additional changes have been made in how ISO 9660 and Joliet file systems are handled to improve analysis.
- New cross-checking between ISO 9660 and Joliet file systems to determine if there are additional files present in one or the other file system when usually these are identical.
For the 3.0 release there are also changes for the Robotic Loader. Specifically, the new image file support extends to the Robotic Loader so the entire content of the disc can be saved in this manner. InfinaDyne is working with other forensic software companies to allow the image file format to be supported in other tools as well. We expect support in EnCase 6.0 to be available by Q3 2007. This will enable CD/DVD Inspector to be able to be used to collect evidence to be used with these other tools.
The Robotic Loader support also has a timeout feature now to automatically bypass discs that are going to require considerable time to be processed and a "Stop" button to quickly terminate activity with the loader system.