Archive for the ‘Community Tools’ Category


Running PowerShell Scripts: Survey Results

Monday, February 8th, 2016 by June Blender
We're always evaluating the best, easiest, and most efficient ways to write, run, and publish Windows Powershell scripts and modules. But, our starting point is always how people work now. We were curious about how PowerShell scripters, including managers, ran scripts, and how their employees ran scripts written for them.   To gather this information, SAPIEN Technologies, Inc. created an online survey about the ways in which users run PowerShell scripts. We encouraged users to participate in a blog post and several posts on Facebook and Twitter. And, people really responded. We collected 88 responses between 12/16/2015 and 1/05/2016.  …   More »

WMI Explorer 2014 released!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Alex Riedel
The latest version of the WMI Explorer is available now on our website. Here are just a few highlights from the features in this release: Superior performance using cached data and multi-threaded code gets you results fast Explore and query local and remote machines. A large variety of search options enables you to access the information you need faster and more precisely. Filters allow you to reduce noise and focus only on relevant information. Preset and custom queries let you not only examine the classes, properties and methods but also the underlying data. View all documentation for any WMI object…   More »

PowerShell Help Community Edition updated

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Alex Riedel
One of our most popular community tools received a long awaited update. All the content was brought up to speed and now contains the latest help text from Windows Server 2012 and PowerShell 4.0. Here is a reminder why this tool is a must-have in every PowerShell users toolbox: Easier reading and scrolling through help content than in a console. Ability to query and import help for modules not on your machine. You can attach notes to topics, so if you had your “EUREKA” moment you don’t have to rediscover it the next time you use that cmdlet. About files,…   More »

Expired community previews

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Alex Riedel
  The community previews for WMI Explorer 2014 and PowerRegEx have now expired. We will evaluate your feedback and re-release these tools for existing customers soon. If you haven’t had a chance to provide us with your feedback, wishes and concerns, please feel free to visit the Community Tools Forum and leave us a message. The VersionRecall 2014 Community Preview has been extended until February 15th 2014. If your current version has expired, please go to the VersionRecall page and download the current build from there. For questions and comments regarding VersionRecall 2014 please visit the VersionRecall Support Forum.…   More »

Introducing PowerRegEx – Community Preview

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by David Corrales
How many times have you worked with Regular Expressions and forgotten what expression denoted what? Oftentimes I need to search online to figure out what basic expressions to use or end up using another method. For this reason we are introducing a new tool that makes regular expressions more accessible to the rest of us: PowerRegEx PowerRegEx is a regular expression building tool that provides help and real-time testing. Key Features: Makes regular expression creation and discoverability easier, by grouping RegEx constructs by category. Provides descriptions and examples on how to use each regular expression construct. Includes sample regular expressions…   More »

How would you change PrimalCSV?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
PrimalCSV is another one of our community tools up for a review. As CSV is one of the file formats frequently used by administrators to transport large amounts of data from one script to the other, the need for a specialized tool is pretty clear. Whether you just need to see a file to verify its correct structure or need to actually edit the file to adapt the output of a one-off PowerShell command to the input for a script, PrimalCSV has the basics. Because it's a single exe file, it is pretty easy to use without installation. On a…   More »

WMI Explorer 2014: Connect to remote computers.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
As promised here are some more details on the new version of the WMI Explorer. One of the main flaws of the old versions was that it only worked on the current machine. With the 2014 version you can connect to any other computer in your network. Of course you will have to make sure you have sufficient rights to access WMI remotely. Just click on the connect button the first time you connect to a remote machine. Enter the remote machine’s name and add your user id and password. That’s it. Once you have connected successfully to a remote…   More »

Introducing the WMI Explorer 2014

Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
WMI Explorer 2014 is now officially released as of April 17th 2014. Please go here for more details:   For many years now administrators have used SAPIEN’s WMI Explorer to get a handle on WMI classes and their properties and methods. It is in fact one of our most popular free tools from our collection of community tools. Amazingly enough this was never a tool that was intended to be released to the public. I originally put the WMI Explorer together in 2005 from code I found online and had laying around to better understand WMI and how to…   More »

Jazz up your VBScripts with PowerShell and Windows Forms

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
Sure, you are supposed to write all new scripts in PowerShell. Some say you can replace any VBScript with a single line in PowerShell. But the truth is, many of you still have to maintain, develop and debug scripts written in VBScript. Some of our customers also have to maintain VBScript or JScript files that run under a custom host, automating some server application that likely will never be changed to use PowerShell. And, judging from some emails we get, you cast a jealous look at this new fangled Windows Forms stuff the PowerShell crowd uses to make great tools.…   More »

All SAPIEN Software will be 64 bit

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by Alex Riedel
With some of our smaller free tools, for example PrimalPad, we started creating 32 bit and 64 bit versions quite some time ago. There is no capacity reason for a text editor to be 64 bit, after all, your script probably won’t exceed 4 GB anytime soon. Users of our current versions know that, PrimalScript 2012 and PowerShell Studio 2012 which are 32 bit executables, fully support 64 bit OS varieties and languages. But there is just something to be said for running software that is native to your operating system. Eliminating subsystem layers and folder redirections are just two…   More »