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Versions - Release History / PDC core version 844 - new major update
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:44:43 PM »
Plagiarism Detector major update with core version 844:

Features:

01. Added failed resources number warning to reports.
02. Added "close" instead "goto tray" setting in application settings, allowing to shutdown on close.
03. Folder Check is a bit faster now.
04. Added column-sorting feature in Report Selector per client's request.
05. Portable Plagiarism Detector now has its own Originality Report storage on the same USB Flash drive.
06. Revised Proxy connection testing.

Bugfixes:

01. PDAS subscription capacity problem
02. DOCX loading if lockced by open Word application does not extract text.
03. Default Parser for Docx - changed to tackle Wiki-to-MS-word copy-paste problem.
04. Made Reports Selector load reports much faster.
05. Portable activation fixed.
06. Fixed "check stop" at PDAS if at least one document fails.
07. Tray icon dispersals correctly at shutdown.
08. Multiple fixes for Report Loader.
09. Second instance launch fixed.
10. Corrected Report Graph at program resize\minimize.
11. Correct check time for each document.
12. Fixed "Splash-creen On-Top problem" preventing from correct Proxy configuration.
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Plagiarism Detector gas moved to Mantis Bug-tracking system, that boosted bug-resolution and
general development.
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We are highly looking towards your feedback!

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Dear Sir,

I have contacted our RnD and they promptly responded with a little update.

Please install and try out the following:

http://78.47.128.158/pdc_setup_generic_839.exe
(this will be soon released as an update)

Core version is 839.

This must work without a pre-start freeze.
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"Local check" contained a bug (some debug source code) that resulted in a freeze before the
actual check started. In this update this code is completely removed, thus making this stage must faster.

The bug itself was an accumulative one - more files, more freeze. The less performing machine - the more freeze time.
The less RAM - the more freeze time.

We have tested in against 11000 sources vs 1 single file case,
with resulting check ETA = 14 minutes. On a relatively powerful desktop with HDD Drive.
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Looking forward to your feedback!

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Several point covered that you may find useful:

1. "I am trying to compare a document against a rather large directory of other word documents." - we strongly advise to try out our product PDAS (http://www.plagiarism-detector.com/plagiarism-detector-accumulator-server-demo-download.php). It was developed to resolve your particular task - comparison to large amount of documents in minimal time.

The difference between two methods is the following:

- "Folder Check" in PDC alway takes linear time e.g.:

  • 1000 documents :: 10 minutes
  • 2000 documents :: 20 minutes
  • 3000 documents :: 30 minutes
etc.

- PDAS (Plagiarism Detector Accumulator Server) check will be around minimal, fixed time irrespective the number of documents in the Database e.g.:

  • 1000 documents :: 10 seconds
  • 2000 documents :: 10,2 seconds
  • 3000 documents :: 10,4 seconds
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02. "The system locks up every time" - could you specify the exact moment this happens?
I've already sent your complaint to our RnD dpt so that will look into this.

03. "I need to know what the directory size limits are?"
At the moment there exists no limits. PDC recursively locates all the files within the target folder and starts comparison in "one-by-one" manner
aggregating the results. Putting it shortly PDC will check ALL found files.

04. "How many documents can this system compare a document against?" As many as you need. The time will grow in a linear manner though. Using PDAS is strongly advised.
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Feel free to as any additional questions!

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Our pricing varies greatly.

For individual usage we have fixed pricing for each product:

Plagiarism Detector: http://www.plagiarism-detector.com/plagiarism-detector-buy-now.php
Plagiarism Detector Accumulator Server: http://www.plagiarism-detector.com/plagiarism-detector-accumulator-server-subscriptions.php

Institutional licenses start from 500 (subject to change, we decide for each client separately) usd and up to 15000 (subject to change, we decide for each client separately) usd.
We form quotes for each quote request individually.

What is the difference?

- You can purchase an individual license for your personal needs.
- If you use our products in your organization or for business purposes - you need to apply for an institutional license.

- What happens if you purchase Individual license and use it in business scope?
- Our products report statistics per each user. We may cancel your license if we detect the violation of your policies.

Why so different?

- Our products are heavily used in institutions that generate profit, laterally - our products are involved.
- Our products are used by multiple users.
- We do provide quality support.
- These are mostly single-time purchase licenses, in most cases they are cheaper than subscription based ones if you consider longer periods of time.

Lastly - our prices are competitive. They are not big, really.

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Yes, we support PO (Purchase Order)!

1. Contact us to get a quote and a BuyNow link.
2. Enter your BuyNow link to your Browser.

You will be navigated to our Payment Gateway - Plimus (Bluesnap).

3. Select PO (Purchase Order) in the drop-down menu:



4. Enter all the required details in to the fields above.
5. Enter the PO id (it will be provided in our email):



6. Click "Next" and the Invoice will be automatically generated for you:



7. Steps required by our payment gateway (updated 06.11.2013):

Exactly taken from: http://www.bluesnap.com/ecommerce/support/shopper/shopper-faqs

A) Fax Plimus (Bluesnap) your completed purchase order and our Proforma Invoice (Print and Fax it).
B) Plimus enters your purchase order into their system, where it awaits our approval.
C) Once the purchase order is approved, the order is processed. The product will be delivered after payment has been received.
D) You will receive an invoice from Plimus with instructions on how to send payment.

8. As soon as we receive the PO confirmation by our payment gateway - we mail you the licenses and the activation instructions.
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Feel free to ask any additional questions!

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"Silver Bullets" / Plagiarism Detector banner v. 2.0
« on: November 05, 2013, 03:37:26 PM »
Banner Design and code v. 2.0, per client request:


<a href="https://www.plagiarism-detector.com"><img style="outline:0" src="https://plagiarism-detector.com/images/protected_by_pagiarism_detector/plagiarism_detector_banner_01.png"></a>



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"Silver Bullets" / Protected by "Plagiarism Detector" logo on your website.
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:32:32 AM »
For many reasons you may want to tell your visitors that the content of your site is monitored by Plagiarism Detector.

You can easily do this by inserting this HTML code to your web-site page:


<a href="https://www.plagiarism-detector.com"><img style="outline:0" src="https://plagiarism-detector.com/images/protected_by_pagiarism_detector/plagiarism_detector.png"></a>


This will show a small banner (150x50 pixels, png) that indicates that you are using Plagiarism Detector to validate your site pages:


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If you need any banner design adjustments\changes (size, color etc.) - feel free to contact us - we will promptly prepare a better variant for your needs!

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"Silver Bullets" / RDP session and Plagiarism Detector
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:05:11 PM »
RDP session is supported only in Plagiarism Detector Pro.

But you need to manually configure PD to work correctly during RDP logoff.

You need manually make changes to main_config.xml file located typically:

"C:\Users\[user_name]\AppData\Roaming\Plagiarism Detector\main_config.xml"

You need to set: b_IgnoreSessionChange parameter to TRUE.
Otherwise Plagiarism Detector will terminate on RDP session disconnect.

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[coming soon]

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"Silver Bullets" / Avoiding "Resource Processing Timeouts" error.
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:57:51 AM »
Plagiarism Detector has a default timeout of 30 seconds for a single resource processing.

A failure may occur if it does not have enough time to process a resource.

Resource processing includes:

1. Download resource.
2. Extract plain text.
3. Compare it with the checked document.

1 and 3 stages are time consuming.

This error may be caused by:

1. Slow Internet connection (low bandwidth).
2. Resource overload.
3. Resource is big (large amounts of text).

If Plagiarism Detector fails to process a resource in the alloted time period it will increment special counter in the main window:



And a special warning will be displayed if more than 10 resources timeouted:



To resolve this problem you can try to do the following:

1. Make sure no other application is using your bandwidth, and if so - unload it (torrent clients, on-line films\music, games etc.).
2. Increase Resource Processing timeout in Plagiarism Detector: Settings->Core Config->"Single Resource Processing Timeout" in seconds.
3. Decrease the number of simultaneously used workers for Resource Processing: Settings->Core Config->"REP Threads". Set it to 1 thread.
4. Investigate the exact status of the resource in Web Browser.
5. If none of the above helps - contact us!

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"Silver Bullets" / Adobe PDF Support on x64 operating systems
« on: September 20, 2013, 02:48:58 PM »
    To use iFilters as a PDF files text extraction engine please download and install:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025

relates to:

  • WinXP x64
  • Win7 x64
  • Win8 x64

and other OSs running x64 architecture.[/list]

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"Silver Bullets" / What is PDAS?
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:59:24 AM »
This section explains what is PDAS.

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"Silver Bullets" / Plagiarism Check types (plagiarism check scope)
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:57:55 AM »
This sections explains what Plagiarism check types are supported by Plagiarism Detector and their scope.

Currently Plagiarism Detector Supports the following types of Plagiarism Checks:

1. Global Internet Check.
2. Database Check (PDAS) (1 to very large amount of huge documents up to millions).
3. Check 2 Documents against each other.
4. Check against Local Folder Check (1 to many up to thousands of documents).
5. Hybrid Check [Internet + PDAS Database].


1. Global Internet Check.

It runs a check against 2 major search engines: Google and Bing.

a) "If it is on the internet - it will be probably detected".
b) If it is not in the search index - it will not be detected.
c) If it is in the search index - Plagiarism Detector can still miss it (bad things happen too).

Most common resons:
- Zipf law.
- Bad search engine SERP relevancy (Recall\Precision).
- Fingerprint miss.


2. Database Check (PDAS = Plagiarism Detector Accumulator Server).

PDAS is a separately sold product that integrates with Plagiarism Detector Client programs.
Plagiarism Detector - is a Client program.
PDAS - Plagiarism Detector Accumulator Server - is a Server database.

To run checks:
1. You need to have a special need for this :-). You need to have a corpus of documents or a little library.
2. You need to download PDAS (free demo is available).
3. You need to install PDAS.
4. You need to import your corpus of documents or a little library into PDAS. This requires some time and effort.
5. At this point you will be able to run checks against your brand new PDAS Database.
6. Start the client (any Plagiarism Detector), it will detect PDAS instance and you are ready to go!


3. Check 2 Documents against each other.

This is pretty self-explanatory. One thing to note - you must select the 1st document
via the Document Manager, and the second one - you need to select at the last step of the New Check Wizard.


4. Check against Local Folder Check.

This is pretty self-explanatory. If you have a folder full of many documents and you need to
figure out if there is cross-plagiarism in between. This is the right place to start!
One thing to note - you must select the 1st document
via the Document Manager, and the target folder to check against - you need to select at the last
step of the New Check Wizard.


5. Hybrid Check is in development atm.

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"Silver Bullets" / References
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:55:24 AM »
Plagiarism Detector supports 2 types of references:

1. Quotes.
2. Reference by URL.


Quotes:

Quotes are detected by a complex algorithm that is stable to incorrect quoting.
It will adjust itself with minimum error.

The following glyph pairs are supported by Plagiarism Detector:

Quote
" " - ordinary double
' ' - apostrophe
« » - left-pointing double angle quotation mark \ right-pointing double angle quotation mark
‹ › - single left-pointing angle quotation mark \ single right-pointing angle quotation mark
‘ ’ - left single quotation mark \ right single quotation mark
‚ ‛ - single low-9 quotation mark \ single high-reversed-9 quotation mark
„ " - Romanian variant
„ ‟ - Romanian 1 double low-9 quotation mark \ double high-reversed-9 quotation mark
„ + Chr(148) - Romanian 2
„ + Chr(0) - Romanian 3
ChrW(8220) ChrW(8221) "can't be displayed!", "can't be displayed!" 'double low-9 quotation mark \ double high-reversed-9 quotation mark

Quotation marks in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK)
「 」 left corner bracket \ right corner bracket
『 』 - left white corner bracket \ right white corner bracket
〝〝 - reversed double prime quotation mark
〞〟 - double prime quotation mark \ low double prime quotation mark

'Alternate encodings:
﹁ ﹂ - presentation form for vertical left corner bracket \ presentation form for vertical right corner bracket
﹃  ﹄ - presentation form for vertical left corner white bracket \ presentation form for vertical right corner white bracket
' - fullwidth apostrophe
「 」 - halfwidth left corner bracket \ halfwidth right corner bracket

It is strongly recommended to correctly put quotation marks - this will ensure the correct detection and
align of the quoted sections.

You can disable or enable the quoting detection via the Check wizard interface.


URL references:

There is a setting called "Detect URL references".
If it is ON Plagiarism Detector scans the checked document and
extracts all the found URLs within. It will download the named resource and test it against the
original checked document for shared sections. It will mark all shared sections as referenced if found.


Exclusion \ Inclusion Lists

If you need to permanently add\remove any URL from analysis - use
Include\Exclude Lists.

More info: https://plagiarism-detector.com/smf_bb/index.php/topic,317.0.html

References by DOI are going to be implemented soon.

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"Silver Bullets" / What is "Use Last Session"\"Manually add Documents"?
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:50:40 AM »
If you need to have the same document (or multiple documents) checked for the second time with the same options\or different options,
you can check "use Last session docs" to do a new check for plagiarism from scratch.

If you check "add docs manually" - you will be prompted to select documents manually.

This setting is re-set at each DocManager start.

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