There are several important release notes to be aware of before upgrading to this version.
IMPORTANT: Major versions contain architecture changes that prevent downgrading to previous major versions. Prior to upgrades, have a full backup if you may intend to rollback to a previous major version. (8.0.4807)
Version 8.5.5318 (Jul 24, 2014)
Fixed: Popup windows would shrink and refuse to resize in Firefox version 31.0.
Version 8.5.5266 (Jun 2, 2014)
Fixed: Resolved a null reference exception in FullSiteUpdate.
Fixed: Site SEO Config file will now load from backup properly if required.
Version 8.5.5220 (Apr 17, 2014)
Added: New web service function: SiteAdmin.asmx/GetSiteByName.
Fixed: Get keyword suggestions now works as expected.
Fixed: Server level log searching now functions as expected.
Fixed: Site Tuning will no longer prompt a warning if a sitemap.xml.gz filetype is used.
Version 8.5.5171 (Feb 27, 2014)
Efficiency: Web interface performance improvements when servers have many sites.
Fixed: SMTP EHLO commands now include hostname of the SmarterStats server.
Version 8.5.5136 (Jan 23, 2014)
Added: Detection for Internet Explorer 11+.
Added: Several new bots and spiders were added.
Fixed: Internet Explorer will now properly switch sections in the web interface.
Fixed: Login form now works properly in Internet Explorer 11.
Fixed: Server level reports will now properly take sort order into account.
Version 8.4.5017 (Sep 26, 2013)
Added: Internet Explorer 11 support.
Version 8.4.5010 (Sep 19, 2013)
Fixed: After finishing an FTP download, the site will start processing more quickly.
Fixed: After importing FTP downloaded logs, the downloaded files will be properly deleted after they are one day old.
Fixed: Compression level server setting will now persist between restarts.
Fixed: FTP servers that delay goodbye results slightly will no longer cause stats to stall.
Fixed: FTP will now honor the file mask properly.
Fixed: Log search results box in View Logs page now properly resizes horizontally and does not change formatting of log file.
Fixed: Site that is currently processing stats after an FTP download will no longer show "Waiting to import until FTP finishes the download"
Fixed: SmarterStats is now more tolerant of corrupt log files.
Version 8.3.4975 (Aug 15, 2013)
Changed: The interval for SEO calls has been increased from 20 seconds to 2 minutes.
Fixed: An active FTP session will no longer significantly slow down service stops.
Fixed: Connecting to an older Microsoft FTP server that uses 2 digit years will no longer cause log files to be downloaded repeatedly.
Fixed: Errors while creating or editing a server will now display properly.
Fixed: Internal web server now properly persists its startup mode for future reinstalls of the product.
Fixed: Removed a cause of TMP files remaining after an FTP session ends.
Fixed: SEO Reports now show data for keywords with a period.
Version 8.2.4931 (Jul 2, 2013)
Changed: The interval for SEO calls has been increased to prevent blocking.
Fixed: Failure messages when creating or editing a server will now appear correctly.
Fixed: SEO Reports now show data for keywords with a period.
Version 8.2.4898 (May 30, 2013)
Added: New custom report date range options have been added for last 90 days and last 365 days.
Fixed: Default sorting option will now be properly selected when adding/editing a custom report item.
Fixed: Help will no longer revert back to old version.
Fixed: Import filters, data mining, and page aliases will now function properly when page names are pasted directly from reports.
Fixed: Log rows with a status code of 206 are now properly processed as new hits or continuations.
Fixed: Logs being accessed by IIS at the time of import will no longer fail to import.
Fixed: SmarterStats service will no longer fail to start after OS reboot.
Version 8.1.4870 (May 2, 2013)
Added: Web service documentation now allows you to expand or contract all items.
Fixed: An issue where logs weren't being processed because of a log being 0 kb in size.
Fixed: Corrupt SiteConfig.xml files will no longer cause all processing to stop. SmarterStats will attempt to load data from backup files and safely fail if unsuccessful.
Fixed: Daily email reports now send correctly for sites with delayed log processing.
Fixed: Scheduled email reports now work correctly when pushing "Send Now."
Fixed: Tree view items are now highlight correctly for the currently selected item.
Version 8.0.4842 (Apr 4, 2013)
Changed: Long file names uploaded in the web interface are now truncated instead of wrapping.
Changed: Viewing the Web interface in compatibility mode is now prevented when using Internet Explorer.
Fixed: Email reports are now sent out correctly and on time for various time spans.
Fixed: Error messages are now scrollable allowing long error messages to be viewed.
Fixed: Importing compressed log directories that contain empty log files will no longer abort import.
Fixed: Sorting in the Sites grid now correctly sorts by the most recent sort chosen.
Fixed: The DateTime picker now functions correctly when the browser has Australian selected for the language.
Fixed: Using the impersonate window in Internet Explorer no longer returns a 404 not found.
Version 8.0.4821 (Mar 14, 2013)
Fixed: An unconnected server can now be edited properly.
Fixed: Buttons will now appear correctly in Import Filters page.
Fixed: Context menu in the Sites grid now functions properly.
Fixed: Geographic databases updated for better accuracy.
Fixed: Report menus that pop up a modal window now allow clicking on the filter name, not just the arrow.
Fixed: Run Diagnostics button now appears correctly in the Servers page.
Fixed: Server Traffic Trend Reports will now correctly show the year.
Version 8.0.4807 (Feb 28, 2013)
IMPORTANT: Major versions contain architecture changes that prevent downgrading to previous major versions. Prior to upgrades, have a full backup if you may intend to rollback to a previous major version.
Added: Auto-generated API documentation now allows details to be shown/hidden.
Added: Back end changes and improvements to support the latest generations of browsers.
Added: Cookies Notification on all login areas to comply with EU Cookie Laws.
Added: Email reports will now wait until data is available before they are sent.
Added: Geographic reports now include Unique Visitor counts.
Added: Help pages have been implemented for every page if not there previously.
Added: In Enterprise Edition, the sites list can now be filtered by server, making it much easier for administrators to review them.
Added: Log format is now auto-detected for each file, so it is no longer necessary to know what type of log is being imported.
Added: Rotating log files are now supported automatically by SmarterStats to better support Linux and Apache administrators and web servers.
Added: SmarterStats will now detect the integrity of SEO website searches and update automatically if search engines change.
Added: Status messages and tip text now drops down from the top of the page and no longer disrupt the page flow.
Added: The web interface now supports right to left languages to better accommodate countries with non-Western character sets.
Changed: Buttons that save or commit changes in modal windows have been moved to the right to be consistent with user interface standards.
Changed: Fixed sizing of many dialog boxes and input fields to make them easier to use.
Changed: Geographic database updated with new IP information.
Changed: Language strings have been simplified so that they are easier to translate.
Changed: The help link now defaults to "help for this page."
Changed: The help popup has been moved to a drop down selection list in the top right of the interface.
Efficiency: CSS files have been converted to LESS which makes stylesheets much smaller, more efficient and speeds up rendering in browsers.
Efficiency: Greatly increased the speed of log file imports.
Efficiency: Greatly reduced the amount of memory needed to import log files.
Efficiency: Increased performance and reduced memory requirements for loading sections of the web interface.
Efficiency: Report names "Phrase Sources" and "Keyword Sources" have been changed to "Phrases by Source" and "Keywords by Source" respectively.
Efficiency: The button bars were re-factored to be lighter weight controls.
Efficiency: The context menus were re-factored to be lighter weight controls.
Efficiency: The date pickers were re-factored to be lighter weight controls.
Efficiency: The tree view controls were re-factored to be lighter weight controls.
Fixed: Exporting report data now saves the file as the report name rather than just "ExportedData".
Fixed: Missing images were corrected on the Log Analysis tab of the Edit Site popup.
Fixed: Outbound HTTP requests from server will no longer consume all http connections.
Fixed: Page details popup no longer shows "No Items" twice.
Fixed: Renamed or compressed log files will no longer be re-imported as if they were new.
Fixed: Select All will now function properly on the Custom Reports grid.
Fixed: Selecting one or more suggested site will now properly add them to your list.
Fixed: Test SMTP now functions properly in getting started wizard.
Fixed: When activating a license, the interface now refreshes and redirects to the license page.
Removed: Removed the "do not show this again" option on modal windows.
Removed: The option to enable/disable animations in the web interface has been removed.