Brian Binder
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bbinder reviewed on 07 Apr 2014
Still a huge fan of DeltaWalker, and this developer stays hard at work to add whatever "spit and polish" is needed to make the application the best in its class.

DeltaWalker has helped me countless times at work and I've used it while sharing out videos using 2 or 3 way comparisons when the problem "must be on my end". Using this app, I've taken the guess-work out of what happened over the course of X, whether it be minutes, days, months, years.

As an example, we had a client that was having some cisco config issues and the problem was very niche in nature. A 3rd party company was convinced that the issue was because of a config change on my side, somehow. Going through analyzing the configs (they can get pretty long) I illustrated a 3-way comparison on when the devices on the network were working, as well as when they weren't working, using 3 separate configs that we automatically backup. DeltaWalker proved beyond any doubt, that there was nothing that had changed on my end between the 3 configs that would cause such behavior.

So we had the advantages of: a stable product, ease of use to make our case, dead-simple illustration in how the data was presented to the 3rd party company, easy-to-understand legend of what was different from all 3 files, and confidence that we had covered all of our bases. The time saved by using DW paid for itself (I can guarantee you) 10 times over, at least. Time is money - and we had a total of 3 contractors involved in this particular incident.
[Version 2.0.1]



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bbinder reviewed on 28 Aug 2013
I bought this last year and haven't had any issues with it whatsoever. I have worked with the developer on a couple of questions I had on its functionality or adding a tweak to an interface and he was extremely courteous and receptive.

Yes, there's free tools out there - however some people love a front-end GUI where the features are ready to use out of the box. Some people aren't fans of hitting up the CLI and want to do a screenshot for clients with ore than simple text on a screen. There's not a ton of nice-looking, functional, stable apps that do what this one does in an all-in-one package from what I've seen.

If you would use most of what is in the suite or it would make your troubleshooting process a bit easier, it very well might be a worthy investment for you; as opposed to trying to a la carte all of the apps and trying to remember their CLI argument(s) for the common features that are already included in this suite.
[Version 2.6]


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bbinder replied on 28 Aug 2013
Hey Rmathes,
Guess it just depends on what your use case is. I use it for networking when I want something that's right there in front of me to perform a task. Hey, sometimes I forget the syntax on nmap for port scanning UDP because I'm on the phone and want to see if I get a response on port 123 for UDP traffic, then send the screenshot quickly.

Common work or home stuff can be:
1> DNS capabilities are helpful to ensure DNS is working and a quick button to flush your cache when necessary - this is quite common, as well as showing your DNS servers from the same section.
2> RBL lookups for your specific address at work or at home are very handy for checking out how you're doing with online reputation and network health.
3> Interface info gives you quick readouts on any errors your interfaces are experiencing.
4> Multiple windows are actually pretty handy if you wanted to screen capture a lot of diagnostic information at once.
5> Port scans are nice, when they aren't blocked since you can use single ports (for example) to see if you are able to actually connect on certain ports, like SMTP. This is common for home use when you are wondering whether or not an ISP might be blocking your port 25 access if using standard SMTP.
6> The link rate tool is a nice gem when you are looking to see how connection are responding locally or remotely, helping see where the congestion may lie (on their end or yours) and how your Internet pipe is performing overall.
7> Subnet calculators are nice, even for novices...maybe especially for novices - when looking to see how many hosts in a network for home use, and is handy when making your own small networks. That's quite common these days, given all the wireless stuff out there, media servers, etc. Not everyone wants to use a single 255.255.255.0 network ;)
8> Trace routes are always nice, and a GUI with 4 different trace options never hurts to have!
9> TCP dump for those issues that are pretty hard to figure out...this is nice to have in a GUI for home users that don't want to use tcpdump via the CLI. Some people just hate the CLI and don't want to do anything with sudo, arguments, and so on in that sometimes-unfamiliar text interface.
10> Nice help documentation to check out for each of the modules and a responsive developer rounds out what is essentially a top 10 list of sorts.
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bbinder replied on 28 Aug 2013
You're welcome. It will certainly depend on what issues you are experiencing with a broadband connection, but it's certainly nice to be able to screenshot issues for technical support.

A common thing that is used for broadband troubleshooting, depending on the technology being used (like cable or DSL) are MTU values. The included ping tool would be maybe one of the (surprisingly) most useful tools for finding your best or max MTU that should be programmed in to your router that's connected to a cable modem or DSL modem.

I commonly use this for finding the best MTU values on DSL, because it's a bit finicky when using a default 1500 for connections (which is commonly used in most default configs for home routers) instead of tweaking it down further in the low to mod 1400-range. I've had business clients that used 1500 out of the gate and had Internet experiences that resulted in high packet loss and really sluggish connections.

Finding the max MTU and programming it in to the router (where applicable) was, in some cases (but commonly with DSL) a night and day difference.

As odd as it sounds, ping and namebench (available here on MacUpdate) would likely give you some pretty good stats on what DHS servers work best for you at home, as well as your best MTU values. Those have been the 2 most common issues I've seen with getting the best performance out of your network once you leave your LAN.
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bbinder reviewed on 13 Aug 2012
Have been using DeltaWalker Oro Edition for about a year now.

I have been in contact with the developer for inquiries as well as a few questions to help me make the most of the application. In all conversations, the developer has been extremely helpful and responsive.

A few things that I use it for are as follows:
1> Portability...I keep it on my USB drive and use it on only 1 machine at a time and commonly use it for home folder migrations on Windows servers. Used to use competing products (free and commercial) but found that using DeltaWalker was quicker and more stable than competitors.
2> File transfers from differing OSes...since the works on all the platforms I need to support, I can commonly transfer home folders, application directories, etc., from a Windows server to a Mac server and vice versa. Apps can be transferred from same platform to same platform easily, as that example above is more for platform-independent home folder transfers. Even if I'm transferring via FTP on one server to an AFP connection on another, it works fantastic. I'll commonly transfer home folders from Windows or Netware to a Mac server with ease.
3> Stability...I was concerned that this app, being written so heavily around Java, would be a frequent crasher or slow down when I needed to make sure it was going as fast as possible. That was a worry, based on other apps that I used in the past that were poorly coded. I have personally transferred Terabytes or data with this app without a hiccup. It performs and I can't even make it crash, regardless of how I click, when I make changes, doing random re-comparisons while it's already calculating my differences, and so on.
4> Visual differences...Last year, my company started using Dropbox really heavily and we still do to this day. We certainly love dropbox, but we also commonly work on files at the same time without realizing it. When people save, we will end up getting conflicting copies of a Word Document, Excel Spreadsheet, etc. This was a problem in the past, but isn't anymore with DeltaWalker Oro Edition. I take the comparison between the 2 files and I can see visually what needs to take place on one file versus another and commit to the changes, or make any necessary changes before committing. For anyone using Dropbox in a team environment, I was really hoping to find such an app to comb through the changes on a single or set of files when conflicts occurred but never figured someone could make it visual enough to be decent. DeltaWalker proved me wrong.

I saw the promo on MacUpdate last year and purchased after trying it out. I have no problems with giving a responsible developer money and support to continue funding a product that I use constantly to help my workflow efficiency on a daily basis.
[Version 1.9.9.2]



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