I’ve been using the online version of ClearTrace more and more lately. When I get to a new client it’s just much easier to upload a trace file rather than install ClearTrace.
That means I’ve finally been adding more features to it. The two latest features are around ease of use.
You can now upload a ZIP file that contains a trace file. Trace files are already somewhat compressed. Putting it in a ZIP file further compresses it by a factor of 8X or 9X in my testing.
That means you can start with a 100MB trace and end up with a 10Mb-12MB ZIP file to upload. I’m consistently able to get over 150,000 events in a 100MB ZIP file. That gives me a pretty good look at a system.
The second part of this is that files are now processed asynchronously. After you upload a file you’ll be taken to a processing page that updates every few seconds with the number of rows processed. It generally takes under a minute to process a 100MB trace file but I *hated* staring at a blank screen.
Give TraceTune a try. It’s getting easier to use every day.