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Sumo 4 and new Pro version released

Sumo, the Software Update Monitor, is a popular program when it comes to running automatic checks for software that is out of date on machines running a flavor of Microsoft Windows.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.

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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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  1. ZzzZombi said on July 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    It’s worth noting that if you want a “clean” installer (who doesn’t?) one should choose to download “sumo-lite.exe”.

  2. Boris said on July 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I hate new popup upsell window when I close SUMO. It is just one more click but an annoyance.

  3. Kyle said on July 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you Martin for this excellent review of SUMo :)
    (i’m the developper)

  4. jimbobillyjoe said on July 8, 2015 at 5:28 am

    I wasn’t able to find much in the way of privacy documentation. Is Sumo sending KC Software a list of everything I have installed? Is it sending any other information? If it is sending app info and/or anything else, what is KC Software doing with that information?

    With the way the world works now days, I think a dose of paranoia and skepticism is a healthy thing. Especially for software.

  5. webfork said on July 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Good program, I use it at least once a month.

    Just a quick note about the portable version that’s out there: it’s probably not portable. I haven’t tested the latest version but if you put this in dropbox or on your key drive, you’re going to have to go through and change the settings to what you like for every different computer. I’ve tested it multiple times in the past and it always writes to AppData\Roaming\KC Softwares.

  6. Kyle said on July 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    “Full portable” version is to come soon, without any Registry entry left over.

    1. AJ North said on July 18, 2015 at 12:41 am

      Indeed, SUMo Portable was released earlier today (2015.07.17), as was the “lite” installed version

      1. Kyle said on July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

        Yes !
        Are you happy with it so far ?

  7. Kyle said on July 8, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Martin, maybe it’s high time to rewrite or to write “another battle of the software updaters”. With all the improvement we made along SUMo v3.x and v4.x developments we’d surely get even better results :)

  8. Sigitas M. said on July 9, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Very good program. But that nag screen with buy thing started to make me angry. And i’m started to thing about alternatives, after years of use.

  9. Kyle said on July 9, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I may change the way the “thank you” screen works soon :

    Stay tuned !

  10. smokey92070 said on July 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Getrid of nag screen or lose more user.

    1. Kyle said on July 13, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Nag screen is to become optionnal in next release (4.0.2)
      4.0.2 can be beta tested here :

  11. PhoneyVirus said on July 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I learned to stop installing software that you may use and every since then keeping the system updated has be come way easier.

    P.S There are no images for this post Martin.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Yeah I have been on vacation and only had a Linux laptop with me and Sumo would not run on it ;) I’ll add them asap.

      1. Kyle said on July 13, 2015 at 7:47 pm

        Thanks !

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