Oxygen Software Launches Forensic Plist Viewer

New Application Lets Forensic Investigators View Plist Files Used in Apple and Android Smart Phones to Store Private User Data, Logs and Settings

Oxygen Software, a leading developer of iPhone forensic software products, today announces Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer, a new Windows utility for viewing Plist files used in Apple and Android smart phones. Earlier this tool was available only as part of Oxygen Forensic Suite 2011.

Plist is a data file with the .plist extension. This format is used in Apple and Android smart phones to store various data, including forensically important information. Many built-in and external user applications store their settings, logins, passwords, history, logs in Plist files. The format is binary, which means that a plist file cannot be opened in a text editor such as Notepad. To view these files, forensic experts can use Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer, which provides a user-friendly interface for examining data of the smart phone itself, or its backup file.

Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer automatically unpacks a plist file and displays its content as a folder tree. The expert can view data, convert text entries to different encodings, and convert numeric values to Unix, Windows, or iOS dates. What’s more, the program can show binary content of cells, such as images, video and sound and export the content of a plist file to XML format for further analysis in other forensic software.

Viewing a plist file in Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer is very easy. Simply select a node of a plist file in the folder tree, and its content will open in the viewer. For example, if the user downloaded a file from the file sharing website, the investigator can see a direct link to that file, date of downloading, title of the webpage the file was downloaded from, as well as the number of visits to that webpage. In case of viewing binary content, the tool will detect its format and display an image, or play a sound automatically.

Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer is available for immediate download and purchase.

Here is the short video introducing iPhone forensics with Plist Viewer.

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