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USBTrace

By SysNucleus Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This is expert-class diagnostic software to study USB ports and devices, but demo limitations make an efficient test difficult. USBTrace's multipane interface logically places data for easy readability and offers a simple way to move and resize panes to user preferences. The Help file serves as both a manual and a quick-study guide. However, an extensive understanding of USB controllers, devices, and drivers is required.

Operating USBTrace is surprisingly easy. Devices or drivers to monitor are chosen using quick check boxes. The click of a button starts capturing data as it is transferred through the selected device. A spreadsheet of data is displayed very quickly, including the time, device, request, status, and other information. It is difficult to test the app over time, though, as the demo stops when a small buffer is filled. During our tests, that took less than 30 seconds. Nevertheless, you can highlight captured data to display additional information. Though most of the data will be unintelligible to all but expert users, it takes just couple of clicks to store data in an HTML, XML, or text file.

While we wished the demo limitation wasn't as stingy, USBTrace is a rare diagnostic that doesn't alter your system as it captures data. It's stable, uses little overhead, and the information it grabs is extensive. Expert users will appreciate the program's easy operation and informative display.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.8

Version 2.8 has added headers for HTML and XML export files and updated USB device list for VID/PID decoding.

General

Release April 3, 2013
Date Added April 3, 2013
Version 2.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 12,677
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

USBTrace is a software-only USB Protocol Analyzer for Windows. USBTrace can monitor USB transactions happening at USB host controllers, hubs, and devices. USBTrace is a 100% software product. Especially suited for inspecting host side USB protocol.

USBTrace is a non intrusive bus analyzer. It does not use any filter drivers to capture USB transactions. USBTrace can capture all USB transactions during device enumeration. Automatic capturing for hot plugged devices. Search and filtering options can be performed on captured information. Export monitored USB requests to HTML, XML, CSV or text file. Supports continuous capture for non stop analysis. Supports decoding of class specific USB requests and descriptors. (HID, Hub, Mass Storage, Bluetooth, Still Image Capture, Video, Audio, Printer, Smart Card, Vendor Specific, WUSB) Supports background capturing for high performance capture sessions. w performance statistics for each capture session. Performance reports can be exported as HTML or text files. Add comments and bookmarks to captured data.