Sumo, the Software Update Monitor, is a popular program when it comes to running automatic checks for software that is out of date on machines running a flavor of Microsoft Windows.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 to find out which one is providing the best functionality.
Sumo 4 has just been released which is a major release according to the program's author.
One of the new features is the introduction of a new Pro version which, apart from offering automatic updates, is identical to the free version of the application currently.
The two core features that Sumo 4 introduces are both adding 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.
Other than that, you get your usual assortment of bug fixes and changes in the program that are not overly spectacular. For instance, a bug related to downloading the wrong version of a program has been fixed.
As far as smaller feature changes are concerned, they resolve mostly around adding and changing the detection of certain programs or adding new support for programs to Sumo.
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.
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