FAQs: Various

All questions and answers about Visual SEO Studio not grouped in a dedicated category are gathered here.

  1. What do the colors used for the URLs stand for?
  2. Can I report bugs and make features requests? How?
  3. Do you plan a Mac version? And a Linux version?
  4. What is the company behind Visual SEO Studio?
  5. Professional Edition: How can I save project files in a different disk drive?

What do the colors used for the URLs stand for?

You can find a full explanation in the tutorial page Understanding colors used for URLs in the views.


Can I report bugs and make features requests? How?

Of course! Bugs reports and feature requests will always be welcome.

Visual SEO Studio has an automated crash reporting system to handle unexpected run-time exceptions.
We strongly encourage adding indication on how to replicate the issue, as what automatically gathered only helps us understand the point in the program code where the crash occurred, not its root cause. For example, if the crash occurred while analyzing a web page, we have no indication about its URL. If you think it's relevant to locate the root cause and you can, please specify it.

Users can also manually report other types of bugs, or make implementation requests. The quickest way is by using the window provided within the program itself (see help menu, "Send the author a message..."), or this site contact form.


Do you plan a Mac version? And a Linux version?

A Mac version is currently downloadable as a free Beta. It is stable enough and almost complete.
At this stage, we do not feel to make promises about the final release date.
A Linux version would be a byproduct of the port to Mac; at the moment we do not plan a commercial Linux release, it will depend on the market request.


What is the company behind Visual SEO Studio?

Following the large adoption of the software Visual SEO Studio by its user base, on June 2015 we founded aStonish Studio srl, a software house dedicated to develop, distribute, market and support the SEO tool.

Professional Edition: How can I save project files in a different disk drive?

By default Visual SEO Studio saves projects data in a subfolder within the hidden profile folder %AppData% (Windows).
When dealing with big sites, especially if using the option to store images content as well, you might wish to store your data in a different disk drive to ease backups and spare space on the C: disk.

The Professional Edition permits you to customize the storage folder by changing an options value (you can access the Options dialog via main menu -> Tools -> Preferences):

Projects and Files options, customized project folder
Projects and Files options, customized project folder (click to enlarge)

Make sure the current user can read/write files in the new folder location (see Windows guide for Windows, or "man chmod" for Mac).

In order to continue using your previously used projects, you will have to move them manually to the new location.
On Windows the default location is %AppData%\Roaming\aStonish\VisualSEO
On Mac the default location is /Users/[USER[/.config/aStonish/VisualSEO
Move all .db files (each of them is a project); do not move any file whose name starts with "VisualSEO".

Changing the option will require a restart of Visual SEO Studio.

Warning 1: technically you could also use a network path, but this is not recommended for several reasons: first of all, access would be much slower; also be aware this is not a proper way to share data with another PC as it is not designed for concurrency and concurrent access could corrupt data.

Warning 2: in case the Professional license would expire without renewal, Visual SEO Studo will revert to the free limited Community Edition and will start again using the default location. In such case, you will have to manually moving your files back again to the AppData subfolder in order to continue using your old project.