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Version 8.0

This update contains 3 Community Features from our Feature Voting Platform: Individual names for scan targets, grouping scan targets into "containers" and Dark Mode.

New features 

  • More options for Data Lifecycle Management: you can now configure which type of file timestamp to use for maximum lifetime comparison. Choose between creation date and last modify date. This also works for existing Data Lifecycle operations.
  • Each scan target can now be assigned a display name of your choice. This name will then be used for a scan target in the user interface and in reports, instead of the path. This is convenient for very long paths and provides more meaningful label. (Your request in feature voting). 
  • The ability to group scan targets into "containers" has been enhanced: containers can now be nested within each other. This allows you to create a hierarchical structure of containers. This is very useful if, for example, you want to structure scan targets correctly on departments including sub-departments. (Your request in Feature Voting)
  • SpaceObServer now has a Dark Mode, i.e. a dark theme for the user interface. In the options, the activation can be linked to the Windows color mode or can be switched on and off explicitly. (Your request in Feature Voting).
  • With the new "Change Owner" feature, you can now quickly set a new file owner for all selected files. This is very useful if, for example, you have found a group of files with an invalid or inappropriate file owner. The function can be found in the context menu of the "Details" list.
  • The demo version of SpaceObServer can now be activated by entering a license key to the full version. This requires an active internet connection. The version available via the customer area can still be installed without an internet connection. 
  • The user interface is now also available in Polish, Turkish, and Czech. Please note, however, that we do not provide technical support and help files in these languages.


  • The automatic operations after the scan are now divided into two categories. In "Automatic Reports" you can now find, add and configure all actions that automatically send exports or reports via email after the scan. In "Data Lifecycle" you can configure file operations that are automatically performed after a scan. Both can now be found in the scan settings in the "Post Scan Actions" group.
  • The available columns of the "Top Files" have been significantly expanded. This list now has all columns that are available for the "Details" list or all export types. Note: The displayed columns can be easily configured by right-clicking on the column header, or in the options in the "View > Top Files" area.
  • In the "Duplicate Files" list, there is now an option in the associated ribbon to check-mark all list entries, uncheck all entries, or even for each duplicate group, checkmark all entries except the newest file. 
  • File operations: The optional log file has been completely revised. If CSV is selected as the log format, the information is now logged well-structured in separate columns, which simplifies post-processing this data.
  • File operations: When using the log or undo script function, the information is now automatically written to an alternative file if access to the specified file is not possible. 
  • SharePoint Online: The default authentication required for multi-factor can now be set in the SpaceObServer options. 
  • The component for sending emails has been replaced. With the new component it is possible to support the OAuth2 as authentication method.
  • In the lists "Details" and "Top Files", if "Rename" is chosen in the context menu for multiple selected entries, the "Mass Renamer" integrated in SpaceObServer is now used, which offers many flexible possibilities to rename files based on rules. 
  • Mass renaming gets a new feature: It can be used to convert file and directory names to upper and lower case. 
  • Mass renaming gets a new feature: Position values can be evaluated from the right. This means that it is now possible, for example, to remove the last x characters from a file name.
  • Mass renaming now also supports regular expressions when deleting certain text from file names.
  • Other minor improvements have been made.


  • Under certain circumstances, the SpaceObServer scan service terminated with an error message "Duplicates not allowed". This has been fixed. 
  • The "Check Data Consistency" button in the "Expert Options" under "Scan > Scan Settings" is now working again. 
  • In the "Scan Settings" it was not possible to set the time of the scan correctly in the "Scan later" operation. This error has been fixed. 
  • An error in the "Show older scan sizes" function has been fixed. 
  • An error when editing post-scan actions configured for multiple scan paths was fixed. 
  • Several other minor bugs were fixed.

20 April 2023