Automation Tests Support Beta is now Publicly available

Last updated: February 01, 2011

Hi,

This weekend we released a new version of PractiTest with one feature in particular that has been requested by a number of customers – the public release of our Automation XBot Plugin.

Using the XBot, you can run automated tests and scripts created with virtually any tool (Selenium, Watir, QTP, etc) or any homegrown testing framework. You can learn more about the XBot from our Automated Tests documentation, and if you want to take part in this Public Beta just send us an email and we will activate this feature in your projects.

automated_test_lib
This version comes with a number of small additions in the Report Center, such as the ability to export your reports to PDF format as well as to work with Views on Requirement Reports.

The current release also fixes a number of smaller issues that were reported by some of you in the last couple of weeks.

We’ll be happy to get your feedback on these or any of the rest of PractiTest, you mail us directly or use our User Feedback Forum.

Dashboard customizations, run compact mode, and more in latest release

Last updated: December 01, 2010

Hi,

Last night we released a new version of PractiTest with many of the features you’ve requested either using our feedback forum, or by contacting us directly.

Here’s a recap of this release’s main new features:

  • Dashboard customization – control the information you display as part of your PractiTest Dashboard. Customize the graphs and tables you show in your project’s dashboard, when you login to the system, according to your personal and specific needs and constraint
    dashboard_customization
  • Run your tests in either Compact or Extended mode – we introduced a new way to run your tests in “Compact mode”. This mode allows you to see many steps together displayed in a convenient grid format. There are still some functions that are available only on the “Extended mode”, such as attaching files or manually linking issues, but if you have long and short steps, or if you are running Exploratory Testing Sessions you may find this mode more convenient.
    run_compact_mode2
  • Step Count field in the Test Library
  • This version includes other small enhancement such as a “Run Next Test” button in the Test Run Window, Information Tooltips, enlarged comment fields, and some bug fixes

We hope you find it useful!

Don’t be shy and use our User Feedback Forum to help us develop more great features.

PractiTest Reviewed by IDC

Last updated: December 01, 2010

1253019451_IDC_logo-300x141Last month IDC published a Private Vendor Profile on PractiTest.

The report includes: Company Overview, Company Snapshot, PractiTest Watch Factor Score Versus Watch Factor Average Score, Potential Market, Market Disruption, Competitive Landscape, Technology/Solution and more.

We cannot recommend it or not (since it costs $3,000 US), but it’s nice to know that after our previous product review, which was very positive, now we are being reviewed and followed by no less than IDC.

Handled Availability Issues

Last updated: November 01, 2010

Yesterday (Nov 16th, 1:00AM GMT) we experienced some availability issues with PractiTest. Within a short time the team managed to handle everything and we were able to return to full service as usual.

We believe in honesty and openness, that’s the reason we log this and all issues we experience in our company blog. To serve as a reference, our last availability issue was back in June 2009 (17 months ago!), and a result of it we decided to shift to Amazon EC2 mainly due to the better SLA we were able to receive from them.

We’re still investigating the current incident, but it was reassuring to see that our monitoring services and fast resolution procedures were able to kick-in promptly and effectively.

We are also very proud that our previous availability issue was 17 months ago, and we will do our best to keep this level of service availability going forward.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Views and Filters in the Requirements module

Last updated: October 01, 2010

This week we rolled-out a new PractiTest update. This version comes with a large number of features and improvements that came directly from our customers’ feedback.

One of the biggest additions is the expansion of the Views & Filters functionality into the Requirements module. This features was requested by a number of users who realized Hierarchical Views is what they need in order to manage their requirements more effectively.

view_on_reqs
As an example, Views can allow you to classify requirements as a hierarchical product tree and also organize them based on Versions and Releases you have in your project plan; you will also be able to group them based on the customer that requested the requirement, or on the cross over functionality it covers. As you see, the possibilities and flexibility are endless – and so are sometimes our users requirements 🙂

Some additional functionality added as part of this version is:

  • Expansion of the Actual Results field in the test runs. Giving you more space to add results and format them to provide a better description of your findings.
    actual_results
  • Save & New button in the Requirements, Tests and Issues. This button will assist you when entering multiple entities for a single product area, by allowing you to save the entity (i.e. test) and keeping all the fields in the general tab so that you don’t need to enter them once again from the beginning.
  • Hide / Show all Step Details in the Test Library Steps. Providing a better and faster way to go over your steps when reviewing or updating your tests.
  • And an a large number of smaller features and fixes around views, exporting, emailing, search, tags, etc.

We greatly appreciate your feedback and encourage you to continue sharing your requests via our Users Feedback Forum.

Better TestSets, Trac integration and more in latest upgrade

Last updated: September 01, 2010

It’s been more than a month since we introduced the new scalable Test Management model with TestSets and Test Instances.
In this release we improved the functionality around this new model:

  • Reporting for Test Instances
  • Sorting Test-Instances, inside a TestSet
  • Adding a whole Test-view to a TestSet
  • Improved GUI when adding the Instances

In addition to the above and the bug fixes we also added a one-way integration with Trac, like we already have with Bugzilla, Jira, and Fogbugz.

Notifications Change

The change that we believe would be mostly appreciated by you is the change in the notification mechanism. Until today, the notifications were sent to the user, according to his preference:


mail_notifications_new

From this update, the notification will not be sent to the user who’ve made the change. There’s no reason to send me an email with the notification of change in a Test, if I’m the one who did that change. So let’s assume there’s a new Issue – the system checks who should be notified for this issue : all the users whose preferences is “for all issue changes” + the author if the author have check in “where I am the author” preference + the assignee, if the assignee set on his preference to be notified. So before sending PractiTest will remove from this list the current user (who, is in this case, the user who created this new issue). In a way, from now on, PractiTest is smart enough to really send only the notifications you need.

Manage your tests and issues from your iPad

Last updated: September 01, 2010

Would you like to manage and run your tests from your iPad? with PractiTest you can! What do you need to do? just login from your iPad (using Safari). A picture is worth a thousand words, so here it is:

IMG_1131IMG_1133

5 cool features of PractiTest that hardly seen in any Test Management Tool

Last updated: August 05, 2010

Why PractiTest?

Sometimes potential customers ask us to help them understand whether PractiTest is the best solution for their needs. We believe that having Joel working with them to help define their process and customize the platform to their needs is invaluable.

But there are a number of additional cool features that make PractiTest a unique solution. We want to show you (only) five of them:

  1. Anti-Bug Duplication mechanism – Duplicates, bugs that are reported more than once in the system, are a pain for every organization. The overhead and the waste of time of looking for the original bug, defining it as a duplicate, and rejecting the new one is something that we all would like to save from our daily lives.
    What if you knew the bug you we are writing right now is a duplicate of an existing bug?
    PractiTest comes with a built-in solution to the duplicate-bugs problem: the minute anyone starts entering a bug the systems instantly displays the similar bugs candidates, enabling the user to decide whether this bug is a new one or not.
    duplicate_issues
  2. Bug by mail – With PractiTest you can report Issues directly from your email client. This is great if you have customers or field engineers (sales, support, etc) who don’t have access to PractiTest, or if you want to forward someone’s bug directly from your inbox to the system:
    bug_by_mail
  3. Unbelievable Customizations – not only can you customize the fields for your Requirements, Tests & Issues, but you can also implement your own user-permission levels and even define the workflow of your issues.
    Read more about PractiTest’s customization
  4. Hierarchical custom views – This is one feature that, once you understand how it works and the value you get from it, you cannot stop using it.
    The basic idea is that you can organize your tests-tree based on any fields you choose, for example release version, but ALSO, based on product component and sub-component, and ALSO based on Run Status, etc.
    Unlike folders where the Tests are only shown in one place, with views you can show a single test in multiple different trees based on your needs. This is similar to how gmail works with Tags, but BETTER!
    Read more about our hierarchal custom views.
  5. Integration with SVN – This is a must for many development teams who choose to work in this very organized way. For each issue you can see all the SVN commits linked to your issues, and also instruct SVN not to allow a commit without an issue being assigned to it.
    You can about our integration with SVN
    issue_repository_view

Writing this post made me realize we have a lot more to write about, but maybe I’ll leave that to a latter post.

5 cool features of PractiTest that hardly seen in any Test Management Tool

Last updated: August 05, 2010

Why PractiTest?

Sometimes potential customers ask us to help them understand whether PractiTest is the best solution for their needs. We believe that having Joel working with them to help define their process and customize the platform to their needs is invaluable.

But there are a number of additional cool features that make PractiTest a unique solution. We want to show you (only) five of them:

  1. Anti-Bug Duplication mechanism – Duplicates, bugs that are reported more than once in the system, are a pain for every organization. The overhead and the waste of time of looking for the original bug, defining it as a duplicate, and rejecting the new one is something that we all would like to save from our daily lives.
    What if you knew the bug you we are writing right now is a duplicate of an existing bug?
    PractiTest comes with a built-in solution to the duplicate-bugs problem: the minute anyone starts entering a bug the systems instantly displays the similar bugs candidates, enabling the user to decide whether this bug is a new one or not.
    duplicate_issues
  2. Bug by mail – With PractiTest you can report Issues directly from your email client. This is great if you have customers or field engineers (sales, support, etc) who don’t have access to PractiTest, or if you want to forward someone’s bug directly from your inbox to the system:
    bug_by_mail
  3. Unbelievable Customizations – not only can you customize the fields for your Requirements, Tests & Issues, but you can also implement your own user-permission levels and even define the workflow of your issues.
    Read more about PractiTest’s customization
  4. Hierarchical custom views – This is one feature that, once you understand how it works and the value you get from it, you cannot stop using it.
    The basic idea is that you can organize your tests-tree based on any fields you choose, for example release version, but ALSO, based on product component and sub-component, and ALSO based on Run Status, etc.
    Unlike folders where the Tests are only shown in one place, with views you can show a single test in multiple different trees based on your needs. This is similar to how gmail works with Tags, but BETTER!
    Read more about our hierarchal custom views.
  5. Integration with SVN – This is a must for many development teams who choose to work in this very organized way. For each issue you can see all the SVN commits linked to your issues, and also instruct SVN not to allow a commit without an issue being assigned to it.
    You can about our integration with SVN
    issue_repository_view

Writing this post made me realize we have a lot more to write about, but maybe I’ll leave that to a latter post.