March 29, 2014
We’re excited to announce the BETA of the next version of our popular business analytics product: SmarterStats 9.x. Over the last few major releases we focused on providing a Web interface for SmarterStats that administrators and end users would find as simple as it was powerful. With this latest release, we kept the same look and appearance but rewrote the underlying architecture with the latest Internet technologies to dramatically improve the speed, reduce the size and increase compatibility with all the latest Internet browsers and tablets. In addition, SmarterStats 9.x brings several server side optimizations and fixes that continue to make SmarterStats compatible with the latest Internet trends.
As with all releases, we worked closely with customers and partners and while we couldn’t incorporate everyone’s ideas into this release, we prioritized our users’ wants to create a new version of SmarterStats that we think you’ll really like.
So let’s take a look at what’s new…
New Interactive Charts
Presentation of data has always been a strong point of SmarterStats, and the new charting engine we’ve introduced takes that presentation to a more interactive, and much better performing, level.
Rather than just pretty pictures, you will actually be able to mouseover chart items and see what the data represents! You can select points on line charts or sections of pie charts and clearly see what the data points represent, what they tell you and then use that information and act upon the data. No more looking at a point, scanning the legend or having to work out where that point falls in the x/y axes of your chart. The interactive data almost makes the actual data sets irrelevant…almost! The new charts display much faster and require fewer resources without sacrificing quality and the responsive design means that reports will adjust to fit your browser window without disrupting the flow of information!
Incredible Performance Increase
With every major product release we always look for ways to improve the performance of our software. With SmarterStats 9.x, we’ve been able to greatly reduce system resource usage when processing log files and in the presentation of data. This is due to both changes we’ve made on the back end as well as the move to the new charting engine. Single site users will notice the difference – the faster processing and display of data – but enterprise users will definitely see how much faster data processes and the vast decrease in system resources, specifically the decrease in memory usage. The changes made to SmarterStats are possibly the highest performance and efficiency improvements we’ve ever been able to achieve with a release!
Continued Support for the Latest Devices and Platforms
As always, a lot of time is spent on each major release adapting SmarterStats to understand all the latest operating systems, applications, devices and platforms new to the Internet. As SmarterStats adjusts to understand the ever-evolving Internet, you will get the most detailed and accurate business metrics for your business.
Knowing the browsers, operating systems, platforms and devices being used by website visitors is an integral part of continual improvement on the Web, and the continued success of your online presence. SmarterStats 9.x now gives you better insight into these metrics by including newer devices such as the different Kindle Fire tablets being sold as well as more modern devices such as Google Glass. As for operating systems, Windows 8 users can be seen and SmarterTrack even keeps tabs on the many flavors of Android out in the wild.
Sharing Data is Easier
The ability to share data with others is an integral part of using SmarterStats. With SmarterStats 9.x we’ve made it even easier for webmasters, marketing specialists or even business owners to share their website statistics, SEO reports and more. For example, it’s now possible to export report items as PDF files. Each PDF file is a standalone report, complete with title page and neatly formatted data that can easily be used in business meetings or as part of marketing proposals. In addition, scheduled email reports can now also be sent as PDF files rather than inline HTML-based reports. This is ideal for sharing data with others for use on-the-go or for those times when HTML emails aren’t readily accessible.
Smarter Importing of Log Files
System Administrators generally have monitors that check disk space availability on the servers under their control so that they can be alerted when hard drives begin to fill up. To complement that vigilance, SmarterStats now handles situations where disk drives have less space than necessary for storing log file data. This means that SmarterStats will no longer FTP log files or save configuration data to disk drives with low disk space thereby eliminating potential service issues, file corruption and more.
Getting Started with the BETA
To get your hands on the BETA simply visit the SmarterTools BETA release forum, where you’ll see how to:
Sign up for the BETA
Get a special BETA license key
Download the latest BETA release (we update it regularly)
Communicate with other BETA testers and the SmarterTools development team
- Stay up-to-date on the latest release note and BETA news