Friday, March 2, 2007

Autoit and Things to Come...

No I have not fallen off the face of the earth, between kids mid winter break (I don't remember this when I went to school) and work I have been a little busy. I have a few things I am working on which I hope you will like. In up coming posts I will chat about Remote Acquisitions, Offline Folders/CSC and anything else I can come up with or anything anyone else wants to mention. I am always looking for good topics to research and share with everyone. If you don't want to post a comment then just shoot me an email (mark dot mckinnon at sbcglobal dot net).

A colleague of mine showed me this nifty little free windows script automation tool called Autoit. It is pretty simple to use and you can make nice GUI front ends for many command line tools. It can be compiled into a stand alone executable and even comes with a editor and build environment. The biggest struggle I had was getting the screens formatted that I had created (my problem not that of the language), once I overcame that hurdle it is a pretty slick tool. You can easily provide a nice GUI wrapper for your command line programs to give them a more professional polished look. You can also make it easier for users who are not as command line savvy as others able to use the command line programs. In the near future I will have a sample program that I have written with Autoit.

Thinking out loud maybe one project for this would be a wrapper around Brian Carrier's Sleuth Kit. Since there is really no native port for Brian's Autopsy Forensic Browser for windows it might be a cool project to start.

Thoughts/Comments/Suggestions??

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