Sumo, the Software Update Monitor, is a popular program when it comes to running automated checks for software that is out of date on machines running a flavor of Microsoft Windows.
We mentioned it several times already on Ghacks, for instance when we compared software updaters in 2008 to find out which provides the best functionality.
Sumo is a useful program as it helps Windows users keep software up to date. Not all Windows programs support update checking and Windows itself does not offer a repository like most Linux distributions do to make software updates a comfortable process.
Programs like Sumo assist users as they scan for outdated programs and may be used to update these applications so that the latest version is installed.
Sumo Lite (the free version) is offered as a portable version or installer. Just run the program to get started. The application enumerates all installed programs on start. You may add programs that Sumo did not find during its scan manually by selecting "add" from the main toolbar or by selecting File > Add Folder to scan an entire folder for programs.
Hit the check button to check all programs for updates. Please note that these checks require an activate Internet connection.
Sumo categorizes updates into major and minor updates. You can ignore updates for any program which may be useful if you want to keep on using a particular version.
A click on get update opens a page on the Sumo webpage to download the update. A right-click on a program may also display links to the software developers website directly for download.
A click on Tools > Export displays options to export the program listing to a plain text file or a spreadsheet file.
You can still enable the inclusion of beta versions in the application, which are then displayed as the latest version in the program interface. Keep in mind that you may see program updates in this case that are not really updates for the installed version. If you have Chrome Stable installed for instance, you will see a major update to Chrome Dev listed in the update listing.
There are only a few update proposals that seem to link to a wrong version of the software. Sometimes you may see an update for a program that you do not want to update, for instance the next major version of a commercial program that you would have to pay for. You can report errors, or choose to ignore the update instead so that it is no longer displayed.
The two core features that Sumo Pro introduces add customization options to the application. The first enables you to select custom folders that you want the program to scan. As you may know, older versions of Sumo scanned default program folders only on the system and not the whole directory structure on the system with all folders.
The new option enables you to select custom folders, for instance a portable software folder or a location on another hard drive that you install software to regularly.
The second feature builds up on this as it allows you to set custom include / exclude filters. This can be useful if you want a folder scanned but a certain subfolder of it.
Sumo is available for download at the developer website. There you find various versions on the download page including a clean, portable version that does not need to be installed.
Sumo Pro can be purchased on the developer website as well. It is available for 14.99 per Euro year or 29.99 Euro as a lifetime license that does not expire. You can check out the full changelog on the Sumo website.
Sumo is a well designed program that helps administrators maintain third-party software. It is a good idea to use a program like Sumo regularly to scan the system for outdated software and do something about it.
The program could use a feature to update software from within the application without redirects to the Sumo website.
Sumo is very responsive and fast both in the scanning of installed software and the checking of program updates on the Internet. It is surprising that the interface and functionality has not changed that much in the past decade. It is likely that a lot of work went into the program database and and data collection routines, as they are without doubt the most important parts of the software updater.Advertisement
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