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Hoo WinTail

By Hoo Technologies Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 28, 2010

Unix programmers use the "tail -f" utility to display the most recent additions to growing files such as server logs. Hoo Technologies' WinTail is essential a "tail -f" utility for Windows. It's a real time log monitor and file viewer that displays the ends of large, growing files quickly without the need to load the entire file to view it and without making any changes to the log files. System administrators can use it to view application traces logs and server logs in real time. It can capture and display OutputDebugString() Windows API output too, for easier software debugging. In fact, it offers several debugging and system administration features, including various levels of filtering and multiple log file monitoring.

WinTail's interface is simple and efficient yet leaves nothing out, with a taskbar stuffed with program-specific icons and a full complement of file menus, including Help, Edit, and OutputDebugString menus. The tabbed main display window lets you track several different logs at once. The program's most outstanding feature is its efficiently devised, configurable color-coding system that shows a system's status at a glance. WinTail's System Tray and tab icons flash when files are updated, too, with just enough vigor to catch the eye. You can also configure email updates or turn notifications off. Efficient dialogs simplify WinTail's many settings and options.

Hoo WinTail is free to try for 30 days; it's certified for Windows 7. It brings Unix's real time log viewing capabilities to Windows, which will make some Windows admins very happy.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2 build 986

Version 4.2 build 986 has added an option to enable or disable an include or exclude filter.

General

Release March 5, 2012
Date Added March 4, 2012
Version 4.2 build 986

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,405
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Developer's Description

Hoo WinTail is a real-time log monitor for Windows like the Unix tail if utility. It can be used to view the end of a growing file. It is ideal for viewing application traces or server logs in real-time. You can view the last part of a large file without the need to load the entire file quickly. It makes no changes to the file that is opened. It opens the file in read-only mode. As new lines are written to the file by another program reads the new lines and displays them. Can capture and display OutputDebugString (Windows debugging API) output as well. Hoo WinTail has an attractive and intuitive MDI interface.