SUMo 5.16

Free Keeps the software applications on your PC up-to-date
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Though most apps come with a built-in update feature that warns us about any new version coming out, it is always nice to be able to know at a glance how updated or outdated our favorite software tools are. SUMo monitors all your installed programs and lets you know in a snap which of them require updating, pointing you to the web pages where you will find the required updates.

The program couldn’t be simpler or easier to use – it will scan your PC in seconds and will list all your installed software tools with useful information about their status (in terms of update), version number, and company name. They also carry a little symbol that will tell you at a glance how outdated or updated they are – green for OK, orange for “minor update available”, and a red icon when a major update is available for download.

SUMo is not a tool to update your programs but to find out more about how current they are at a quick glance. This free tool is kind enough to take you directly to the corresponding download page whenever you select one or more entries in need of an update and click on the “Get update” button or in the option of the same name in the context menu (in the Pro version of the program). But that’s as far as it goes. SUMo won’t download and install the updates for you.

This is but an informative tool that gathers in one single interface all the information you require to keep your system updated. You can customize the scan process by leaving out those apps or tools that require no updating, either temporarily (by skipping the current update) or permanently (by ignoring the app in future scans). The program offers you lists of the apps thus categorized, in case you want to add, edit, or delete any item on them. Besides, you can export the results of your scan to Excel as a CSV file for further editing.

Finally, just to point out that if you click on the “Drivers update” button, you’ll be redirected to DUMo, a similar tool from the same developers aimed at updating your drivers in a similar fashion. Like with SUMo, there’s a free version and a DUMo Pro. Wouldn’t it be great to have both free versions under the same interface? So far, you need to download and install DUMo separately if you want it to take care of your computer’s drivers.

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Pros

  • Exports list to Excel
  • Ignore and skipped programs lists
  • Color-coded scan results
  • Customizable scan

Cons

  • Drivers update requires installing another program

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Pretty good program, since I have a lot of video & audio programs on my PC I would like to keep updated.
At first did not like it, since it took so long to scan thru all my programs etc on start up, then figured out how to go through and tried to uncheck certain programs from scan. Wish it had better options to do this like option to only scan my video or audio programs, or PC utility programs only.
After a going through and adding many programs to the ignore list, SUMo does load and scan faster now, but I wish it was much faster still and gave more custom scan options.
Some addtl feedback issues had:
**Even when selected Ignore my Microsoft files- SUMo still pulls up a bunch of the same old broken or missing files in scan, cannot find an option to overlook or ignore these files.
**Found many major and minor program updates shown in SUMo, are just not accurate or valid.
Overall, still a nice little program, that I hope they keep improving!

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SUMo is really the most powerful update manager ever.
I really tested many of them, also Software Informer.
But SUMo is much better!

Pros:
+ You can add folders to scan so SUMo detects also portable applications (that are not installed)
+ SUMo detects installed versions better than other update manager
+ New versions are added very quickly to the SUMo database (in Software Informer some reported updates took weeks until they were offered)
+ SUMo does not steal your user-data (the SUMo server never know what software a specific user has installed)
+ Very quick and very friendly support

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Very good at detecting your software, but when you click on"Get Update", the whole program falls short, it takes you to a Google search page with numerus links that may or may not pertain to the version of software you need.

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