Retrospective Log Viewer & Analyzer


Q. Where does Retrospective come from?

A. From our team that was responsible for supporting the Tibco middleware application at the largest Telecoms company in Switzerland - they needed a tool to help analyse production issues over  45,000 logs totalling 2Tb on 10 different servers and there were no reasonably priced and easy to use products available to help us (and there still aren’t ... other than Retrospective! :) )

Q.  My search stopped prematurely with too little data and with a warning that a limit had been reached and to refine my search. How can I increase the amount of data collected?

A. Change the settings in the retrospective.ini file (Xmx256M to Xmx1024M and  DLargeDataLimitInMB=10 to DLargeDataLimitInMB=30, or whatever but don’t overdo it..)

Q. Do I need to install a JRE first

A. Well, you need a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) somehow. If you download Retrospective with a bundled JRE, then you do not have to worry about that as it is included in your download. If you download Retrospective without a bundled JRE, you should check first, if you have a suitable JRE on your system by entering “java –version” in a cmd window to see if you have at least version 6. As of Retrospective 3.3.0 you will need version 7. If there is no JRE installed on your system you can download it from oracle

Q. How does your upgrade policy work?

A. You get one year’s worth of upgrades (functionality and bug fixes) for free with your first year’s subscription. After that, you can continue the upgrade programme with a 30% discounted price which includes upgrades and support .

Q. I have a problem, it’s not working how I think it should work?

A. Send us a bug report and we’ll look at it. If it’s a bug we’ll try and fix for the next release and if it’s a new feature we’ll consider whether we’ll implement it.

Q. What is your product roadmap

A. We want to make Retrospective the best product and one that you’ll feel happy recommending to friends so we’re always trying to implement cool stuff that you’ll like. If there’s something you’d really like, let us know, and we’ll take a look at it!

Q. Is there a 32 bit version for my pre-2006 Mac?

A. We just assumed all Mac Fanboys would have junked that old stuff by now! J Just let us know you’d like one and we’ll make one for you!

Q. Can I run multiple versions?

A. Yes, just use different directories

Q. Does Retrospective support non-typical character character encodings?

A. Yes, Retrospective supports pretty much all character encodings there are.

Q. Security policy at our company requires password change every two months, do I have to change user credentials on each host definition?

A. Retrospective enables batch editing hosts definitions. Simply select desired hosts definitions and change authentication information on all of them at once.

Q. Our server farm grows constantly, with units featuring exactly same software stack. Is it possible to copy log files definitions to new log files definitions?

A. You can clone existing log files definitions to the new server without having to add each of the all over again.

Q. I need search logs on servers I access with PuTTY on daily basis. Can Retrospective help me with that?

A. Sure thing. Retrospective can import hosts definitions from PuTTY configuration file.

Q. What can I do not to miss critical log entries?

A. Retrospective features search results highlighting based on log entry severity (CRITICAL, WARNING, INFO) so it’s hard to miss important information.

Q. What is ‘search optimization’?

A. Retrospective can check the timestamp information in log file before processing log entries. This can limit the amount of processed data allowing to return search results faster.

Q. I tend to make same searches on a regular basis, can I store the search parameters somehow, so I don’t have to define search filters each and every time?

A. Retrospective features search definitions bookmarking, allowing to store given search parameters and execute it later with a single click.

Q. Can I user Retrospective to search log files on servers behind proxy?

A. Yes, you can configure proxy settings in Retrospective, to connect to hosts behind proxy.

Q. Do you have volume pricing?

A.There are two types of Retrospective licenses: a Personal License and a Company License. Personal License may be bought only by private persons who use their own funds to obtain the product for commercial or private purposes. The license may be used solely by the person who paid for the product. If you want to buy more than 3 Company Licenses, we will be happy to offer you a special volume discount. Just request a quote through the buy page.


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We are confident that Retrospective is the best log viewer on the market and we think that you will agree with us after you’ve had a chance to try out all the great features that we’ve built in for you.

Please download the trial version, have a play and we are sure that Retrospective will soon become one of the most invaluable tools in your toolbox!