Step 1: Download Client Database Application

Click on the relevant button below to start the download of the Client Database Application. You can immediately start to install the application.

Step 2: Install the Client Database Application

Keep in mind that initially you’ll have no visits recorded – so you’ll be greeted by an empty page. Since there’s no data none of filters will do anything too!

Keep in mind that initially you’ll have no visits recorded – so you’ll be greeted by an empty page. Since there’s no data none of filters will do anything too!

Keep in mind that initially you’ll have no visits recorded – so you’ll be greeted by an empty page. Since there’s no data none of filters will do anything too!

The Vortimo Client Database Application does not start when your computer starts. This means that if you want to use the application you need to start it manually. You can do it by hand or start it from the extension’s control box in the browser (that button thingy on the top right hand side of your browser where all the extensions live).

Right now the extension isn’t installed yet – so you wont see it. We will be installing the extension in the next step:

Step 3: Install the Browser Extension

If you need to install Vortimo for browsers other than Chrome please read this [blog post].

Capturing your first visit

Yay! The software is now installed and you’re ready to roll. To capture your very first visit let’s do the following:

  • Open a new tab.
  • NB: Be advised that the Vortimo control (we call it the ‘Vortimo Button’) does not display in the browser on an empty tab. You have to load an actual web page for it to become active. This is because the button is actually Javascript that gets injected into the page. So it’ easy – no page, no button.
  • PS: In the screenshots below we are using the extension on Microsoft Edge, but it’s the same on any browser.

While the button only becomes visible once a page loads, you should always be able to see the Vortimo Control box – in the top right of the browser.

There are various functions that can be performed from this area – but the most useful is to see if the server and the extension are running. Most of the time you’re hoping to see the server running and the extension enabled.

  • Navigate to any page you want. In our example we’re typing into the URL bar ‘imdb.com’
  • Once the site opens the button becomes visible on the page.
  • If you are getting an error message it might be because you’ve installed the extension before you installed the server. In that case you can just restart the extension so that it can re-establish a connection with the server.
  • Almost there…
  • Go to the Vortimo tab. If you closed the UI for whatever reason you can always open it using the ‘Open Vortimo UI’ button on the control box.
  • The Vortimo UI should open. If you don’t get the UI it means the server is not running or you haven’t installed it yet.
  • Remember to click on the refresh button. Visits don’t automatically flow into the interface!
  • The visit should show up in the list (see the screen shot below)
  • Yay! You’re good to go!

Things to do next

The best thing you can do now is to [watch the tutorials] or [read the documentation].

You might also want to fiddle with settings. All pages are recorded – except the ones in the ignore list. The ignore list is a list of sites that Vortimo will .. uhmm – ignore. We’ve put a few in there that makes sense to us but you might want to change it to suit your needs.

You can find the ignore list in Settings -> Extension Ignore:

You can also exclude pages by – in the control box – clicking on Advanced Settings -> Ignore Current Site.

If you don’t want to record all pages but rather want to manually click on a button to record a page you can set Vortimo to manual mode.

In this mode pages won’t be captured unless you click on the shutter icon to record it. If you tag any text or images or pages the page will also be recorded. Be aware that for fast-moving investigations this is not really recommended because you can easily forget that you’ve switched it off – and miss stuff.

From this point you pretty much good to go. Feel free to explore the tool, click on buttons, try things – it’s not going to breakĀ  anything (well it might, but not because of you!).

We hope you enjoy using Vortimo as much as we’ve had fun building it!