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Revision history

Version 2014.2.2 (October 2, 2014

  • Bug fixes, including for licensing system

Version 2014.1.1 (May 5, 2014)

  • Works on Windows 8.1 Update
  • Speed improvements
  • Bug fixes
  • New skins
  • Uses .Net Framework 4.5 instead of 2.0

Version 2012.2.0 (August 4, 2012)

  • Works on Windows 8 Release Preview

Version 2012.1.2 (April 2, 2012)

  • Bug fixes

Version 2012.1.0 (February 9, 2012)

  • Added modified and created columns to favorites explorer

Version 2011.2.2 (April 9, 2011)

  • Compatible with Internet Explorer 9

Version 2011.1.4 (December 26, 2010)

  • New feature: filter by weekday
  • New feature: filter by time
  • New feature: more skins and better mechanism to choose skins
  • bug fixes

Version 2009.0.6 (November 22, 2009

  • New name--to distinghuish from new program for Firefox: Dutch Duck Firefox History Viewer.
  • Can export favorites to bookmarks file--which can be imported by other browsers.
  • Updated help file.

Version 5.1.0

Bug fixes:
  • Preview pane in History and Cache viwer now works properly.
  • Code optimizations
  • Many smaller bug fixes.

Version 5.0.16 (January 6th, 2009)

Bug fixes:
  • In History Explorer, fixed problems reading history using shell.
  • In History Explorer, deleting sites now generates less problems.
  • In Favorites Explorer, export to text exported columns in wrong order.

Version 5.0.4 (October 24, 2008)

Bug fixes:
  • Printing generated application error
  • In Favorites Explorer, drop down filters opened preview.

Version 5.0.1 (August 2, 2008

New features:
  • Application is much more responsive--many time consuming process now occur on separate thread.
  • Deleting history items is much faster.
  • Deleting history or cache occurs on a separate thread.
  • Read history using shell. Often shows items, that do not show up in regular history.
  • Added option delete today.
  • More skins.

Version 4.0.46 (October 4, 2007)

Bug fixes:
  • Reading protected mode cookies made application hang on some systems
  • In administrator mode, cookies were read twice
  • Row loses focus after clicking on hyperlink
  • Clicking in side bar on non-link causes exception.
New features:
  • Cache shows size of cache (in MB).

Version 4 (June 2007)

Version 4 is a complete rewrite, in C# 2005. It looks much better, and has many new features.It also has a new name--"Dutch Duck Cache and History Reader."


  • Compatible with Windows Vista. Reads history and cookies in protected mode.
  • Added a new program--Cache Explorer.
  • New Office 2007 look--using the various components of Developer Express.
  • Can read Unicode strings, so can show languages like Chinese and Japanese.

Version 3 (February 2006)


  • New Office 2003 look--using ActiveBar 3.0.
  • Added "select all" option
  • Expanded context menus
  • History Explorer:
    • Added "Read history using shell" under the file menu.The standard procedure to read Internet Explorer's history, while fast, is very sensitive to any errors that might creep into the history file. This often would result in a history display that contained far fewer items than was shown in Internet Explorer itself. The new, additional, method--while slower--shows the same items as Internet Explorer itself.
    • Option to delete entire history at once
  • Favorites Explorer:
    • New option: "Replace directory name". This adds abiity to rename a whole group (such as Links/News) and all of its records to a new name like (Links/Current).
    • New option to delete a whole group. Press a groupheader and press Del.
  • Cookies Explorer:
    • Option to delete all cookies at once.


  • History Explorer:
    • File, print was not working
    • Copy to Favorites Explorer gave error message

Changes since version 2.0.0:

Note: the registration codes of version 1.x no longer work in version 2.
  • Version 2.11 (June 30th, 2005). Repair option added to setup program.
  • Version 2.0.8 (January 24th, 2004). Updated helpfile, changed license agreement, minor bug fixes.
  • Version 2.0.6 (August 3rd, 2004). Favorites were not backed up correctly
  • Version 2.0.5 (July 3, 2004). Release version. New version of Sharpgrid.
  • Version 2.0.4 (June 30, 2004).
    • Helpfile separated from program file. Should solve problem that helpfile does not load when F1 is pressed.
    • Pressing button with dropdown menu will drop down menu (no longer necessary to push arrow).
    • Fixed overflow error in grouping.
    • Fixed width of column with row numbers
    • Layout listbar fixed (blue bar at top has disappeared)
    • View menu in Cookies Explorer fixed.

  • Version 2.0.3 (June 27, 2004). Starting a new search will automatically clear previous search.
  • Version 2.0.2 (June 23, 2004). Fixed error in menu component at startup.
  • Version 2.0.1 (June 19, 2004). Fixed the width of the listbar.
  • Version 2.0.0 (June 19, 2004). Pre-release version. Updated helpfile; changed listbar.


Changes since version 1.0.0:

Dutch Duck Cache and History Reader first came out in the fall of 2001. Initially it consisted of two separate programs--History Explorer and Favorites Explorer. They were later merged into one program, and a new program, Cookies Explorer was added.

Over time, a lot of improvements were made. The program became much faster (especially History Explorer), got more features and also became smaller in size (the first version was 8 MB).

The components used in the program also changed over time. Initially, it used Beegrid from Stinga; Beegrid was subsequently bought by Datadynamics and became Sharpgrid. The Crystal Report Viewer was replaced by the Active Report Viewer of Datadynamics; the toolbar component from VbAccelerator was replaced by ActiveBar; the Listbar component from Dinkit (who later went out of business was added.

A big change was also made in the installation program. Initially, the program consisted of a lot of separate files and components, which needed to be registered on the user's computer, but they were later replaced by just one file, which can even be installed by users that do not have administrator's rights. This file also includes tghe VB6 runtime files.

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