Monolith Pro Release Notes

  • Monolith Pro Release Notes

Version 1.14 - 12/09/2021

Enhanced Quality Assurance System

  • The Quality Assurance system has been upgraded with more features and flexibility.
  • You can now run mutltiple QA reviews for each case.
  • Customized QA checklists can be created for specific QA checks.
  • QAs are now split into 3 types: "General", "Technical", & "Admin".
  • Use the new QA system to create and assign mutliple QA reviews for a case to other users.

New Metrics Reporting Feature

  • A new reporting feature has been created under the "Analytics" section to help report on activity for Cases, Evidence, & Storage.
  • Create a report based on specific parameters to pull "Live" stats. The data reflects the current data in Monolith and is updated as data is entered/updated in Monolith.
  • Save and download an instance of the report as an Excel report at any time. The "Saved" report is stored in Monolith and can be accessed at anytime.
  • These reports include metrics in chart or text based visuals for quick and easy review.

Bulk Evidence Actions

  • Evidence items can be moved or released in bulk.
  • This feature is only available from within a case.
  • Use the evidence table checkboxes to select multiple items, then use the "Actions" button to bulk "move" or "release" the evidence items.

Evidence & Storage Item Number Format Customization

  • Evidence and Storage numbers can now be customized from the settings menu.
  • Use the custom format when auto-generating unique IDs for your evidence and storage items.

DYMO Printer API Update

  • Updated to work with latest DYMO software and 550 series printers.
  • Mutliple DYMO printers can now be used at once - Monolith will prompt you to select a DYMO printer if you have more than one connected.
  • This update allows for the use of networked DYMO printers - networked DYMO printer must be available via the Windows/MacOS printer list.

Button UI Update

  • The UI design of buttons has been updated to be consistent.

Version 1.12 - 08/17/2021

Upgraded Task Management System
  • Redesigned User Interface
  • New Task Options:
    • Task Status
    • Task Priority
    • Time Category
    • Task Order
  • Re-order Tasks for better task managment - just drag and drop the task where you want in in the task list.
  • Set a time category to the task so that the category is automatically used when recording time entries.
  • Re-order Task Lists
    • You can also re-order task lists with drag and drop
    • Use this to move important task lists to the top for better management.
  • Bulk Task Actions
    • Mark all tasks as active
    • Mark all tasks as complete
    • Delete Task List - deletes all tasks and associated time entries.
New Time Entry System
  • Access this new section from the dropdown menu located in the case tasks section.
  • Time entries recorded for a task will be listed here.
  • New Time Entry Fields:
    • Start Time
    • End Time
    • Date Entered
    • Invoiced
    • Invoice Date
  • Time entries can be edited in place by double-clicking an editable value in the time entires grid.
  • Editable Time Entry fields:
    • Associated Task
    • Time Category
    • Entry Notes
    • Examiner
    • Start Time
    • End Time
    • Invoiced
    • Invoice Date
  • Bulk Time Entry Options
    • Export all entries to CSV
    • Export selected entrues to CSV
    • Invoice/un-Invoice selected entries
    • Delete selected entries
Task List Templates
  • You can now create a task list template from a current task list.
  • Templates include the following:
    • Task List Name
    • All Tasks
    • Task Names
    • Task Descriptions
    • Task Priority
    • Time Category
  • Use this feature to create automatic workflows for repeatable processes such as case intake or standard analysis procedures.
  • Task Templates can be managed in the Monolith settings, customization menu.
Updated Customization UI
  • The UI elements for item customizations has been updated for better managmement.
  • Updates Include:
    • Case types, Case Statuses, Case Progress, Evidence Types, Evidence Progress, Evidence Labels, Task Templates, Time Entry Categories, QA Issue Types
  • All items can now be edited in place.
  • Case and Evidence progress items can now be re-ordered for better management.
  • New Customizations:
    • Task Templates
    • Time Entry Categories

Version 1.11.2 - 07/25/2021

New Case Storage Section
  • Storage items can now be assigned to specific cases.
  • Assigned storage items cannot be used with other cases.
  • While assigned to a case, the storage will maintain a chain of custody record.
  • Assigned storage can now be moved, released, & re-collected like evidence items.
  • Storage can be removed from a case which clears its COC and disassociates related acquisitions.
  • Storage item reports can be exported to PDF to include storage info, acquistiion data, COC records, & supplemental COC.
  • Storage can be marked as "general storage", which means it cannot be assigned to a case but is available to all cases to store acquistion data. This is to cover the use case of a networked attached storage or file share.
  • Storage numbers can now be auto generated by leaving the storage number field blank when adding new storage to Monolith.
  • Custom storage number formats are scheduled for the next release.
  • A masked "Encryption Key" field has been added to storage items to track a password or key for secure storage such as Apricorn or bitlocked drives.
Evidence Updates
  • Evidence numbers can now be auto generated by leaving the evidence number field blank when adding new evidence to Monolith.
  • Custom evidence number formats are scheduled for the next release.
  • The move evidence popup has been updated for more efficient use. Locations are selectable from a dropdown rather than a large grid.
  • Redesigned Evidence COC reports - they can be exported to a much improved PDF report. Export to Docx has been retired.
Acquisitions Update
  • A copy button has been added to acquisitions to easily create copies of acquisition data to additional storage devices.
  • When adding an acquisition, you can now select multiple storage items at once.
  • Acquisitions can only be added to storage items assigned to a case or to general storage items.
  • Acquisitions are now included in the improved Evidence and Storage item reports.

Version 1.10.1 - 06/28/2021

Updated Notes Section
  • The case notes section UI has been updated to provide more editor space when creating notes.
  • The notes are not organized into a list format whose titles can be searched.
  • Images pasted into a note are now saved in your case directory at $CASE_NUMBER - CASE_REF$/Documents/Note Images/
Case Docs Update
  • Documents and files can be added by dragging and drop files into the case docs table.
Evidence Update
  • All locations are now available in the "Received By" field whenn adding new evidence.
    • This was added to account for scenarios where an evidence item has been dropped off and not directly delivered to a person.
  • A UUID value is now generated for all evidence items. This UUID value can be used in Evidence labels as #evidence_uuid.
Cases Update
  • A case closed date field has been added to cases.
  • This field can be edited from the edit case popup.
  • This field is automatically updated when you set a case to "Closed" and will show in the case header.
  • Label Updates
  • The variable available for use when creating DYMO labels has been expanded. Check the DYMO setup documentation in Monolith for a list of all available label variables.
  • Storage Item Updates
  • A UUID value is now generated for all storage items. This UUID value can be used in Storage labels as #storage_uuid.
  • Version 1.5.1 - 10/10/2020

    Custom Evidence and Storage Labels:
    • You can now import and use custom DYMO labels.
    • Create a label using DYMO's label software and upload it in the Customization settings in Monolith.
    • When creating a label use these variables for Monolith to use when adding dynamic content:
      • #case_number
      • #evidence_number
      • #storage_number
      • #location_name
    Monolith User Portal - Login/Sign Up:
    • I have launched a user portal for trial users and current customers
    • You can access you license details, downloads, and documentation.
    • The portal also has an offline license generator that works with Monolith.
    • Register an account with the portal using the email address associated with your current or trial license.
    Offline License Generator:
    • This is located in the Monolith User Portal.
    • Monolith now has an activate via license file options.
    • Copy the code given to you by Monolith and paste it into the Offline License generator in the user portal. This will create a license file for that workstation that Monolith will use to activate.
    • This solution is for those that have air-gapped labs or have trouble with the online activation.
    • Please request access to this feature if needed.
    • Handled use case related to adding "Active", "Standby", or "Closed" case statuses. "Active" and "Closed" are permanent options that can't be removed which caused duplications to occur when explicitly added.
    • Fixed evidence type dropdown bug - the dropdown was duplicating under certain scenarios.
    • Fixed storage item delete bug.
    • Fixed the "My Cases" card view in the "Overview" section - duplicate cases were displayed based on user assignments.
    • Fixed acquisition size bug - acquisition edit would error when the size value was left blank.
    • Fixed evidence load bug - caused an error when loading evidence with Linux based MySQL installations.
    • Adjusted the Filter dropdown - adding several case types caused UI overflow issues; added a scroll bar to fix this.

    Version 1.4.0 - 09/13/2020

    Optimized Table Loading:
    • Tables and other areas now implement an infinite scrolling mechanic.
    • Table data will now load much quicker.
    • Data loads effeciently even with thousands of cases or evidence items.
    Optimized Search:
    • Updated the search feature for each section
    • Searching is much faster now.
    Optimized Sorting:
    • Sorting is much faster now as well.
    • Implemented table sorts are now persistent.
    • Added popup notification when checking for online inquiries.
    • Will tell you if any new inquiries have been imported.
    • Added confirmation prompts when removing customizations.
    • Can now convert cases or evidence items to new progress/status when deleting a custom option.
    • Mostly mantenance updates and small bugs have been fixed.

    Version 1.3.0 - 07/12/2020

    Redesigned Monolith Reports:
    • Various reports that are exported from Monolith have been redesigned.
    • The case notes export has been improved to fix various formatting issues.
    • The full case report has been improved and now looks great!
    • Monolith reports are exported to Microsoft Word documents for addtional editing.
    • You can select a color scheme for report exports: Default, Blue, and Red.
    • You can also edit one of these styles within a Word document and add it to Monolith as a custom report theme.
    Note Exports:
    • The note export now has improved formatting.
    • Individual notes can now be exported.
    • The full notes export will now match any note filter you have enabled.
    • Mostly mantenance updates and small bugs have been fixed.

    Version 1.2.0 - 06/24/2020

    Updated Contacts Section
    • The contacts section within cases is now more flexible.
    • Has a dropdown to select previous contacts.
    • Can added contact "type" - i.e. suspect, witness, etc.
    Global Search
    • A new section has been added to allow searching data wihtin Monolith.
    • Just enter a search term or phrase and Monolith will search most areas and return resulting hits.
    • Most of the results will include links to the case or other section to quickly get more details about that result.
    • Mostly mantenance updates and small bugs have been fixed.

    Version 1.0.0 - 05/25/2020

    • Added Column Headings to MyCases and MyTasks items in the overview section.
    • Spell check has been added. Misspelled words will be underlined with a red line, right click to reveal a context menu with word suggestions.
    • Added right-click context menu. Right clicking in Monolith now reveals a context menu that includes Misspelled word suggestions, cut, copy, paste and select all.
    • Several updates to evidence action options. Most evidence options now have a timestamp that can be set manually or a user that can be set manually. Some small imporvements have been made to the chain of custody logic.
    • Monolith is now code signed on Windows and notarized on MacOS. The code and installers for Monolith is now code signed on both platforms which now prevents Windows or MacOS from giving a warning to user when attempting to install the software.
    • Case Notes now have a filter. You can filter your notes by note tag, user, and note creation date.
    • The case note editor now expands with content so that its easier to see the content as you are drafting it.
    • Text in note cards is now selectable - allows for copying note data.
    • Added Offices section. You can now specify different office locations which can have thier own users and evidence locations. This is designed for organizations that may have more than one physical location and would like to track and view data in Monolith based on physical location.
    • Enhanced the "Contacts" section. You can now define a contact "type", i.e. suspect, witness, POC, etc... Also the presentation of contacts has been updated to include notes entered for that contact.
    • Evidence description is now visible in the main dropdown.
    • Evidence items can now be deleted. A delete action also deletes any related child evidence items and all associated records.
    • Inquiry buttons are now 'greyed' out when the inquiry has been converted to a case. This is to show that the inquiry can not be edited once converted.
    • Added 'organization' column to cases list.
    • Enhanced Acquisition options. You now have two distinct hash values that can be recorded. Also added a duration time field to record how long an acquitiion took. This can be utilized for additional analytics in future updates.
    • Added acquitiion button to the acquitiions section. Allows users to add an acquisition directly instead of being limited to the evidence action bar in the evidence section.
    • Integrated DYMO printers for use with evidence labels. Evidence labels will now only print with DYMO printers. DYMO setup instructions have been included with Monolith halp get a printer setup correctly for use. This change was made to ensure that labels are printed correctly with appropriate margins and alignment. This also allows for more label customization in future updates.
    • Pasting Images is now limited to the Notes editor.
    • Fixed evidence folder issue. When adding evidence in the main evidence section, the evidence photos folder is now being created.

    Version 0.9.1 - 04/30/2020

    • Export Evidence Chain of Custody to PDF.
    • "BIN" image type added to acquisitions.
    • Evidence Progress has been added to the Case Summary area.
    • Evidence can now be acquired even after its has been released.
    • Tasks listed in the overview section will now navigate to its parent case when clicked.
    • Notes can now be deleted. Note deletions are logged in the case activity log.
    • Added "Newline" formatting to Activity Log.
    • A new option is available when creating a SQLite case database. You can populate a new SQLite database with test data. This is primarily for trial users that want to try Monolith with per-populated data.
    • Evidence table now refreshes when an evidence item is moved.
    • The Task List in the Case Summary section now only shows incomplete tasks, instead of all tasks.
    • Evidence tables now properly sort on evidence sizes.