X-Ways Investigator is a powerful investigation/document analysis/report generation application for law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the private sector. It runs under Windows. It was designed for investigators who are specialized in areas such as accounting, building laws, money laundering, corruption, homicide, child pornography, etc., also for investigative analysts, agents, attorneys, paralegals, prosecutors, internal and external auditors, for the analysis part of computer forensics and electronic discovery. X-Ways Investigator is based on X-Ways Forensics and is a subset thereof. It’s simplified user interface offers much fewer technical options and less technical functionality than WinHex and X-Ways Forensics, so that investigators can better concentrate on the matter at hand.
X-Ways Investigator is part of a certain philosophy: Splitting up the workload into preparatory work done by forensic computing specialists (computer forensic examiners) with X-Ways Forensics and investigative work done by investigators can be a pivotal change, greatly accelerate the forensic process and improve its quality. It reduces the computer specialists’ workload by allowing the investigators to take over much earlier.
More information about X-Ways Investigator, the collaboration model.
X-Ways Investigator comes at less than half the price of X-Ways Forensics, and considerable volume discount for higher quantities is available. We recommend X-Ways Investigator to organizations that already use X-Ways Forensics, not necessarily as a stand-alone product! We also recommend it as a review platform for evidence data that has already been processed using X-Ways Forensics. If before you buy you would like to know precisely how the X-Ways Investigator user interface looks like and what it can do, please enable the X-Ways Investigator GUI in the General Options dialog window in X-Ways Forensics. The degree to which the user interface is reduced and simplified is largely customizable. X-Ways Investigator does not come with its own manual and program help, instead the manual and help of WinHex/X-Ways Forensics is used.
X-Ways Investigator CTR is an even further reduced version of X-Ways Investigator, which can open only the evidence file containers of X-Ways Forensics and X-Ways Investigator (raw format or .e01 evidence file), no other images and no disks/media. X-Ways Investigator CTR is suitable exclusively as an add-on to X-Ways Forensics when splitting up the analysis work across multiple investigators/specialist or when providing files in containers to lawyers or other people involved in the case, like an extremely powerful viewer program for containers. Findings can be exported from X-Ways Investigator CTR and imported back into the main case in X-Ways Forensics if desired.
Further limitations compared to X-Ways Investigator:
All this for a price less than half of X-Ways Investigator. To verify what functionality exactly is available in X-Ways Forensics CTR, you can activate the user interface of X-Ways Investigator CTR in the General Options dialog window in X-Ways Forensics.