26-Jun-09: Full Version of BARfly Bronze Now Available!
This site is now a fully qualified e-commerce outlet. The first (and currently only) product on this site is now being offered for sale. This product is the full version of BARfly Bronze (the demo version, offered earlier, is only available for 30 days, so time might be running out as you read this).
To make a purchase, simply perform the following steps:
1) Create a user account. 2) View the product details. Click the "Buy Now" button when you are ready. 3) You will be taken to PayPal, where you can pay for the product in a number of ways. 4) Return to this website. 5) Download your licensed copy of the product. There is a download page with instructions on how to perform the product installation steps. 6) At any time, you can log in again and check the status of licenses you have purchased and the number of activations remaining.
The best part of this system is that you won't need to wait "x number of business days" to get your hands on this great stuff if you choose instant payment. The purchasing and distribution system is all right here on this site, with the intent of getting your merchandise to you ASAP.
Have any feedback on the product or the distribution system? Don't hesitate to contact us.
After allowing BARfly Bronze to be downloaded as a demo for some time, we're thinking about giving users a BARfly Silver demo version as well. We want more individuals to experiment with the capabilities of the BAR engine. A little editing goes a long way.
8-Sep-09: Library Renovations
Because most of the latest updates were to the BARfly software and to the forum, not much news to post here for the general site for a long time. Until now.
What we have is over 10 additions to the free formats. Some of the more common file formats have now been posted on the formats page. Go ahead and browse them; you'll be interested in the contents. Some highlights:
1) MDB (Microsoft Jet Database) is now supported. 2) ZIP archives are now supported. 3) Updated Kroz level file I.F.; it's much better now. 4) More game-oriented formats, like ART and SRF. 5) The detailed version of MIDI! This one is powerful to pick apart the individual notes, commands, and delta times! 6) Helpful utilities, including a C++ initialized data converter, an ASCII code enumerator, and a SLIP communications deserializer.
The general direction BARfly is going in terms of implementation files is starting to get more and more focused. Utilities, databases, hard-to-support (yet common) formats, communications. You can bet that you'll be seeing a lot more of these types of formats in the near future.
The world of networking, in particular, is an absolute mess of formats and RFCs. The best tool you have right now to help you parse packets is WireShark. But in terms of getting any custom packet processed, especially when the packet can be just about any "file," WireShark is a remarkably blunt tool. BARfly, on the other hand, stands to serve as a packet analyzer that does not require a separate integration step to process custom packets. Plug in an I.F., and go to work.
SLIP is only the beginning. PPP is next. Then on to level 3, then level 4...on up to level 7. Since it's a big job, any contributions would be greatly appreciated.