For Inspector XE and VTune XE :
User interface is not very user friendly lots of fudging around to set up the file to process when in standalone mode. Lots of repeats to tell it where to find things. Does not remember previous choices need to restart at root of system.
Not possible to define subset as to what is to be inspected on large projects previous versions had a configuration utility which enabled a subset of the entire application to be selected. The only response to this issue is in Inspector (but not in VTune) Modules to exclude but there is no list such as in the previous version they must be expressly typed in.
Results on using VTune XE
Event Based Sampling previous version had a neat configuration window which organized events on a ratio basis. Chose ratios (ex. CPI and others) and the utility choses the events. Results showed both ratios and events and enabled navigation down from modules all the way to source. New version seems to have predefined everything, user selects one of the predefined types of analyses and pushes the button. Some events are displayed but no ratios except CPI on one or two of the analyses types. Help displays nothing on ratios. There are custom types but these seem very kludgy when compared to the configuration mode of the VTune previous version.
Call Graph analysis and critical path seems missing.
Performance counters seems to have been removed.
Thread Profiler functionality could not find time line and statistics such as are exhibited in Thread Profiler Old Thread Profiler works.
Call Graph table which shows statistics on callers and callees around pivot functions seem missing.
Old Thread Profiler and VTune seem to run.
VTune is a different animal altogether It seems less flexible than the previous version, appears to be missing a lot of functionality and seems to not be configurable as to reducing analysis to a subset.
I know that the mind resists change, I consequently tried to keep an open objective mind when looking at these products hope to have succeeded.
Question : Did Intel indeed remove a lot of features from old Vtune with the new XE version ?