The tool reveals a clean and simple layout pointing out to the fact that the accent doesn’t fall upon its looks but rather on its functionality.
It offers support for different viewing modes, such as multi-tabbed interface, cascade windows, or tiled windows (vertical or horizontal).
SnakeTail gives you the possibility to monitor several events which are grouped in different categories, such as Application, Hardware Events, Internet Explorer, Key Management Service, Alerts, Security, System, and Windows PowerShell.
What’s more, you are allowed to view information about each log, such as date and time, source, event ID, category, and level, perform search operations, alter the text in terms of font, font style, size and color, change the background color, as well as copy the selected information to the clipboard, so you can easily paste it into other third-party utilities.
Other notable features worth being mentioned enable you to import data from LOG or plain text file, save the current session to XML file format, so you can easily upload it in your future projects, create bookmarks, start or stop the current service, highlight window tabs using icons when file changes are detected, and configure external tools and bind custom shortcut keys.
Tests have shown that SnakeTail carries out a task quickly and without errors. It doesn’t eat up a lot of CPU and memory, so the overall performance of the computer is not hampered.
To sum things up, SnakeTail mixes up a straightforward approach with several handy features in order to help you monitor Windows event logs, and is suitable for all types of users, regardless of their experience level.
Reviewed by Ana Marculescu on July 3rd, 2014
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- Feature changes:
- Quick jump shortcut has changed to ALT+KeyUp/KeyDown (Instead of CTRL+KeyUp/KeyDown).
- Keyword highlight can now be just line coloring without being 'Alert Highlight'. Meaning that ALT+KeyUp/KeyDown will ignore them.(Ex. green color for success).
- Quick jump also works for EventLog where it jumps between Warnings and Errors.
Application descriptionSnakeTail is a small and simple application especially designed to help you monitor text log files. You can monitor Wi...