November has been an exciting month at Backtrace. After a significant release in October (PII Data Scrubbers, File Attachments, No Hassle Symbol Management, and more), we recently announced a beta of our native support for the Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), Beyond UE4, we spent most of November focusing on the web debugger, performance and optimizations:
- Performance – Backtrace is now more than 5x faster for page loading when dealing with large number of crashes (200k+) for lists and histogram visualizations.
- Retention Policies for Dump Files – Automate the removal of dump files for security or space saving purposes, and retain attributes and metadata to maintain history and impact analysis.
- Web Debugger – More granular Identification of Missing Symbol and Guessed Call Frame are now available.
- The performance and consistency around concurrent symbol uploads has been improved.
Let’s take a peak behind the curtain to see what’s in store. Read More
Calling all gamers – As we are enter the holiday season here in the U.S., the elves at Backtrace have been hard at work preparing a new batch of presents!
We’ll kick off this update with the announcement of beta support for our newest platform, the Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). Read More
At Backtrace, we aim to release new features in our software every few weeks. Back in early September, we released the new Query Builder tool, Scheduled e-mail reports, and new workflow integrations with FogBugz and Webhooks. Check out the blog post here.
The recent release of Backtrace adds an impressive number of new capabilities, most of them prioritized based on direct feedback from our most frequent users. These include:
- A Data Scrubber that can be used to remove Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from crash reports.
- Support for file attachments that are submitted via ptrace or the HTTP API to be displayed and downloaded from the web console.
- Improved Symbol Management, including a missing symbol notification, new upload wizard, and binary symbol format for improved performance when loading the web debugger.
- Performance improvements throughout the product, including improved responsiveness of the UI for large data sets and an optional query results compression option to minimize the amount of data sent over the wire.
- A new “Copy Callstack to Clipboard” function in the web debugger.
- User Management now displays the count of registered users, and a separate tab for Technical Support accounts that the Backtrace team uses to support your instance has been exposed.
- More configurable workflow integrations allow you to choose which elements are pushed (Classifiers, Callstack, and specific Attributes)
- General styling improvements in the UI for various elements.
- Note: the recent introductions of Scheduled Reports and the Query Builder tools has led us to retire the now obsolete Stability Report.
Let’s review some of these in more detail:
Facilitating the analysis of software crashes is a costly and complex process. Building off of Backtrace’s recent launch of Breakpad / Crashpad / minidump support, I’m excited to discuss some of the new features that we have introduced over the last few weeks to help our users simplify this flow.
In this post, you’ll find out information about the following:
- Query Builder
- Scheduled E-mail Reports
- New Workflow Integrations
- Dynamic Symbol Downloads
Backtrace is proud to announce that we’ve added another member to our growing family of workflow integrations. Our support for the Gitter chat room service is live and ready to help supercharge your debugging! Now, Backtrace can send you detailed crash notifications directly in your Gitter chat room.