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Current Version: 14.0d (June 30, 2010)

Visualware Inc. produces VisualRoute, a remarkably nice Java-based ping, whois, and traceroute program that automatically analyzes connectivity problems, displaying the results graphically on a world map. When configured as a server, VisualRoute provides visual traceroute services to web browser clients.

Version 14 ("2010") introduced the following new features:

  • New agent creation procedure (both web & client) - The remote agent creation procedure that allows you to run a traceroute from anywhere in the world to your VisualRoute server has been vastly improved to make it easier to setup and manage.
  • Improved update efficiency - the way the GUI updates and processes during a traceroute has been greatly improved to enhance usability and understanding.
  • Analysis Information - this feature is essentially a history search allowing you to grab any results from either a traceroute or ping plot for a particular IP/host name.
  • Traceroute Ping Plot - a new feature that plots the response times for every hop in a particular traceroute. More information.
  • New user interface.

Version 14.0d makes the following additional changes:

  • eMail address tracing re-added

Pricing ranges from $49.95 for the "Personal" Edition to $395 for the "SupportPro" Edition. The online purchase page has more details. All Mac users can try the free online version. Highly recommended.

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