What's New in Version 5

Important Differences from Version 4

Please note that you can install version 5 without removing version 4. This means that you can have both versions on the same computer.

There are a few minor changes in version 5 that will affect your existing settings and configurations. These are mostly related to the visual interface and will not affect the working of the software in anyway. In most cases you can revert back to your old settings if you wish to (though you may not need to).

Project Data Formats

There are no differences in project data formats. You can use v5 to open v4 projects and you can use v4 to open v5 projects. Make sure that you have the last released version of v4 when opening and saving projects created using v5.

Automatic Whois Configuration for new Global TLDs

Watch My Domains ISP v5 will automatically perform the whois configuration when you add a domain with a TLD that has not yet been setup. You no longer have to do manual configurations or wait for a software update. With so many new TLDs becoming available, manually configuring each TLD is not a viable option anymore. This feature will make managing domains a lot more easy.

Domain Table Column Setup

The domain table column setup is now a lot different but much better.

We made the changes because there are a large number of data columns and it was difficult to locate the columns in a large single list.

Domain Column Setup

Whois Diagnostic Tool

A new Whois Diagnostics Tool can be used to quickly find whois servers for most TLDs and ccTLDs and also quickly configure the settings.

Whois diagnostic tool

Color Schemes

Have you changed the colors of the rows in the domain table? These will be lost in version 5. This is because version 5 supports different themes and each theme automatically selects the appropriate row colors.

Blue Theme blue
White Theme white
Black Theme black

Solitude Theme solitude
Aqua Theme  aqua
Silver Theme silver

You can change this behaviour from the 'App Settings' dialog. First check the 'Use Custom Domain List Colors' option and then specify the colors for the odd and even rows.

You can also set the font used by the domain table from the 'App Settings' dialog.

Improved MS SQL Support

Version 5 has advanced options for MS SQL based Projects. You can now test the connection before creating the project, specify additional options like "Windows Login", "Encrypted Connection", etc.

ODBC Errors are now logged to a text file at %APPDATA%\Watch My Domains ISP v5\odbcerror.log.

MS SQL Database Projects

Separate Tabs for Raw Registrar and Registry Whois Data

The raw whois data display has been split into separate tabs.

Separate Raw Data Tabs for Whois

Ability to Parse Registry and Registrar Whois Data

In previous versions you had to re-do a whois lookup after making changes to the data extraction tokens. In v5, you can simply parse the registry and registrar whois records again without doing a whois lookup. These options are available in the context menu (right-click) and the ribbon.

Whois Data Parsing

Improved SMTP support for Domain Alert Emails

You can use SMTP for sending domain alerts through email. In the earlier versions we mostly recommended the use of web-scripts for sending email alerts.

SMTP settings for domain email alerts

Missing Logo Designer

The domain logo designer tab has been removed. This is because you can obtain a free copy of Domain Logo Designer Pro when you purchase Watch My Domains ISP v5. This is a more advanced version of the logo designer that supports multiple text objects.

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A credit card is not required for downloading the trial version.