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  1. More granularity in file names

    1. log the full command if the execution fails, to help diagnose the problem.

    2. Allow %year% %month% %day% %hour% %minute% %second% to be able to build up custom timestamps in output files.

    3. Add %suffix% that would return ".pdf" if filename is "somefile.pdf".

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    • Limit notifications for a specific extension (like .ODIN for ransomware).

      Send notification on modification/creation of files with a specific extension (like .ODIN for ransomware).

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      • Able to look for string inside monitored files

        It would be great if the software besides looking for new/changed/deleted files also could monitor for at specific string within these files AND then trigger an event like deleting the for instance new file.

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          Directory Monitor will never open and interrogate the contents of files. Furthermore, it will never alter files on the file system (such as deleting). This type of automation is very specific and you could use custom scripts or applications to achieve it with the Execute plugin.

        • Ability to set/modify default directory template

          Add functionality to set and modify the default setup of the directory settings for new directories.

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          • Password protected software

            To allow access to authorized users only.

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            • changes read confirmation in mail

              It would be great if the mail notification includes a confirmation link that the changes have been read.

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              • Have Title column from file added to file grid and text grid

                Need an additional Title column for Title of file to be added to grid and text log
                Have the ability to have additional custom column names added so when data is populated to grid, empty Custom Excel columns can then be filled by macro against new event data to populate the columns

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                • Reduce license price

                  Directory monitor lifetime license price is way to much expensive.
                  Reduce it so it's more affordable.

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                    The license cost of Directory Monitor is actually due for an increase.

                    The current price is already very competitive and large bulk discounts (starting at 30%) apply to everyone if you need more than one machine licensed.

                    There are annual options as well to greatly reduce the cost of licensing if the lifetime option seems too expensive. Depending on the functionality you need to unlock, even plugins can be bought separately if you really need to cut on costs.

                    If Directory Monitor solves a specific problem or fulfills a requirement for you then the price is irrelevant. Although by many standards the cost is not high at all, the advanced features that are included with the PRO edition easily justify the price.

                    I can quote many users who in face say that Directory Monitor is “too cheap” for what you get. Based on this feedback the price will not be…

                  • Tasks execution with dependencies

                    Assuming I have 2 or more directory to monitor, but the task setup on these directories have dependencies; this is especially important, where 2 or more tasks are not-allow to execute concurrently (whereby may cause conflict in job result).

                    Without this feature, we have to developed some program either using mutex or some flag files to prevent concurrent execution; Is it possible to setup dependencies between directories?

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                      Queuing tasks are not possible, each directory monitors and executes tasks in isolation.

                      This feature would introduce significant complexity when it should not be the application’s responsibility to manage workflow.

                      If you require synchronization with scripts and tasks you are executing then you need to implement these
                      yourself as you mentioned. Queuing and priority management is out of scope of what Directory Monitor is intended for.

                    • Monitor Past Events

                      able to monitor past events, example to enter yesterday date and time?

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                        This is technically not possible.

                        If three files were added, and the same three files removed, there will be no record of those files ever existing. If the directory was not being monitored at the time then those events are lost.

                        Windows will not keep track of all changes across file system, unless you previous had Windows auditing enabled on the entire hard disk (which would grind your system to a halt) there is no way to determine changes that occurred in the past without an active monitoring solution.

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                          Multiple configurations (on the same directory) are the recommended way to have different plugin functionality trigger for different events.

                          You can monitor the same directory multiple times (Right-click → Duplicate for an easy copy), one configuration can include emailing, and another can include just monitoring or any other plugin automation of your choice.

                          Monitoring the same directory multiple times already offers infinite flexibility in configuration options so there is no need to add this filtering to any of the plugins.

                        • Group email notifications to one email per specified period of time

                          when having an attack or something - getting 1 email for every change is too much... you should allow a way to group emails together. this also reduce the number of emails sents using the user email box so it won't be block or something

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                            Email limiting was introduced in v2.9.9.9. This allows you to throttle the number of emails sent over a given period of time.

                            Emails generated after the limit is reached are not sent, this is ideal for notification type emails. This can be extended to group generated emails until the cool-down period has passed and send in a single batch if required although existing rules/functionality already caters for this.

                            The event count rule is also flexible enough to send in batches of X and then the final email a few minutes later if the count is not reached ensuring you do not miss any events. The inactivity rule already sends in batches but will not be instant which is required to detect an attack of some kind.

                            My suggestion would be to setup multiple configurations for critical directories like this. One that sends batched emails after a period of inactivity, and…

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                              The grid log has the ability to do advanced filtering on any column and highlights the matching text. The text log can be exported or even configured to create a separate text file that can be searched using any number of external tools. I want to stay away from using Directory Monitor as an analysis tool, there are far better applications to use if you need to filter/search the data that Directory Monitor creates.

                            • Add Copy to Folder

                              Add Copy to Folder option

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                                Copying a file is such a simple task using the execute application plugin. You can start any copy process or even simply use the copy command in a script. There are already much more advanced examples or completely synching a directory (https://deventerprise.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/270487-synchronize-files) rather than just copying files, this could be easily modified to cater for this type of requirement.

                              • Separate Log Tabs per Directory

                                Instead of having a single tab with all the event information for all monitored directories, you could have multiple tabs per directory being monitored, each displaying only the events for that directory. Each tab will also have a number in the header to display the number of events that have been captured by that directory.

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                                  The fundamentals of this feature have been added to the Grid Log plugin in v2.7.0.7.

                                  The Grid Log allows you to group by any column (drag column to the header grouping bar) and events in each group are counted with a number in brackets next to the grouping name. Each group is collapsible and you get a much better overview of each directory’s events.

                                  For this feature specifically you can just group by
                                  the “Directory” column. Note that this column may be hidden so you can show it by right-clicking on the header bar and selecting “Choose Columns”.

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