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TestComplete Certification by SmartBear Validates Software Testing Expertise

SmartBear Software, provider of software quality tools used by more than one million developers and testers worldwide, today announced TestComplete Certification for QA engineers and managers, available to new and existing users. The certification consists of a comprehensive exam which covers a broad range of expertise, including everything from keyword testing and scripting to .NET Bridge Integration and writing custom checkpoints.

“We are pleased to be able to respond to customer demand by offering a comprehensive TestComplete Certification which will ensure new and existing users have what they need to unleash the power of automated testing,” said Jeanne Hopkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SmartBear Software. “Becoming certified in TestComplete not only positions users as experts in one of the most recognized automated testing programs in the world, but it increases team adoption, ensuring consistent testing methods and best practices, and improving ROI.”

Certified TestComplete users have the opportunity to become BETA testers, provide instrumental product feedback for future product releases and have inside access to product announcements. TestComplete is one of the most recognized automated testing programs in the world.

Last month, TestComplete was named the winner of a Dr. Dobb’s Jolt Award in the best testing tools category for raising the bar for what a high quality software testing suite should be. SmartBear released a new version of TestComplete earlier this week.

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New Test Automation Tools Address Mobile Test Automation Needs

LogiGear, developer of collaborative software test automation solutions, announces an expanded suite of TestArchitect software test automation tools with mobile testing capability.

TestArchitect Professional is an economical test automation solution for testing Windows-based applications. TestArchitect Mobile Plus offers Windows-based application testing plus mobile testing, and TestArchitect Enterprise offers Windows, web, cloud and mobile testing capability and is completely customizable. TestArchitect Enterprise and TestArchitect Mobile Plus include support for iOS and Android phones and tablets, with both web and hybrid app testing capability for all testing needs, from mobile to desktop to cloud-based applications.

Additional productivity-enhancing features include name refactoring and just-in-time compilation. Name refactoring reduces the amount of time required for test case maintenance by making it possible to automatically update test case suites whenever a test entity, such as a test module, test case, or action name, is changed. Just-in-time compilation takes advantage of proprietary test client and automation engine architecture to significantly increase test execution performance. A plugin for Eclipse® is now available to view settings, variables, and other information while creating, executing, and debugging custom actions in TestArchitect.

“The expanded TestArchitect product line provides companies with a choice of features and price points for their specific software testing needs” commented Hung Nguyen, CEO of LogiGear. “The productivity enhancements further simplify and speed-up test creation and test adaptation to keep up with the high rate of change.”

For more information on TestArchitect, visit http://www.TestArchitect.com. For more about all LogiGear services and solutions, visit http://www.LogiGear.com.

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Many companies don’t test mobile apps – report

Many companies fail to adequately test mobile applications, according to a survey on enterprise application quality.

The World Quality Report, which is compiled each year by consultants Capgemini, software test specialist Sogeti and IT group HP, found that only 31 pc of 1,550 CFOs, CIOs, IT directors and quality assurance (QA) directors polled conduct tests of mobile applications.

“This suggests that QA has fallen behind the mainstream mobile curve,” the report said.

The authors off the study say many companies appear to have been caught out by the speed of adoption and proliferation of handheld devices used for business purposes.

The reason for the testing lapses are the unavailability of testing tools and processes, a lack of expertise in mobile applications or too much focus on efficiency of performance rather than on usability or security of software.

The study warns that, with the high connectivity expectations of today’s mobile IT users, “making a business mobile and ‘always on’ should be higher up the  corporate and IT agenda.”

The World Quality Report also found that cloud-based testing models are about to be used more frequently. Around 28 pc of respondents already use the cloud for testing and the report says this total is set to rise to 39 pc by 2015.

The authors of the report said they were surprised by “the relatively low level of proactive structured testing” of mobile applications.

They said: “Mobile testing needs to be a fully integrated element of the QA discipline, so that the mobile strategy of the enterprise takes testing into account right from the start.”

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TestPlant Unveils New eggPlant v12

TestPlant has announced new eggPlant, version 12 of its leading GUI test automation tool that tests anything from mobile to desktop to cloud, and from Linux to HTML5.

New eggPlant version 12 delivers a more frictionless automation experience with an entirely new intuitive user interface, introducing a host of flexibility features that mean eggPlant really can be used anywhere. It also becomes the first test automation tool capable of fully controlling Android devices without rooting.

eggPlant GUI test automation drives and analyzes software exactly as a real user does – by looking at the screen. eggPlant uses patented image recognition technology to understand the layout of the interface, enabling test scripts to be created simply by describing what a user would do. eggPlant will test anything from mobile to desktop to cloud, and from Linux to HTML5. It is relied upon by more than 500 organizations across mobile, finance, defense, e-commerce, and media and gaming enterprises. It is also fully integrated with leading application lifecycle management (ALM) tools including HP Quality Center and IBM Rational Quality Manager.

New eggPlant version 12 delivers:

� An enhanced intuitive user interface
� Full Android control without rooting
� Global language optical character recognition (OCR) support
� Script reusability
� Windows 8 readiness
� Simplified licensing

George Mackintosh, chief executive of TestPlant said: “One of the most important aspects of software development is the continued ability to innovate and improve. At TestPlant, this is crucial to our roadmap and vision, allowing us to maintain our market-leading position and ensure that our customers have access to the most comprehensive testing solution possible for testing applications across a dizzying array of devices, operating systems and browsers.”

All existing eggPlant customers will be able to upgrade to the newest version within their existing contract. New eggPlant version 12 will be available in late October 2012.

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Neotys Introduces Load & Performance Testing Service Packages for Web and Mobile Applications

a leader in easy-to-use, cost-effective load and performance testing tools for web and mobile applications, today announced Neotys Service Packages for companies that want the fastest way to get load and performance testing results for their web and mobile applications.

Neotys Service Packages were designed for companies that have projects with tight timeframes and need expert help to design, run and analyze a test plan and for companies that are bringing load testing in-house and require help to get up and running. By selecting a Neotys Service Package, customers receive fully “shrink wrapped” tools and services that are completely customizable to accommodate testing needs regardless of scale and complexity. The test results are delivered to customers in the form of a formal performance report which documents the performance of the application under test, identifies bottlenecks and recommends a course of action. In addition, Neotys will provide knowledge transfer on how the tests were executed along with the recorded scenarios themselves so customers can reuse for future tests.

To deliver testing services, Neotys uses NeoLoad, its load and performance software that simulates user activity and analyzes server behavior. The solution allows users to test more quickly, efficiently and frequently, enabling faster deployment of Internet, intranet and mobile applications. NeoLoad supports all web architectures including the newest technologies such as HTML5, Flex, Silverlight, GWT and Ajax Push.

“This flexible test service enables customers to execute a top notch test campaign on short notice to deploy key applications as scheduled,” said Gerald Labie, CEO Neotys USA. “It is essential that Web and mobile applications are thoroughly tested to eliminate the risk of poor performance before they go live but some organizations don’t have the bandwidth or testing skills to perform these tests. Our new services packages are the solution. Short term they address tight deadlines while building internal capabilities long term through knowledge transfer.”

On-Demand Load & Performance Testing in 4 Easy Steps

Neotys offers both Starter Packages and Custom Packages to meet customers’ specific needs. For companies that need a basic assessment of application performance under moderate load, the Starter Package is likely the best fit, while companies requiring more sophisticated tests would be better served by a Custom Package

For more information on the Neotys Services packages, contact the company at www.neotys.com.

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Typemock Trumpets Tailored Testing Tools

Typemock has produced three new editions of the Typemock Isolator unit-testing tool labelled Basic, Essential, and Complete level packages. Targeted towards developers at differing skillsets and in different levels of usage advancement, the Basic package is free and is best suited to code quality environments where there is no legacy code to test.

Typemock Isolator Basic provides basic “mocking” functionality along with the smartrunner and coverage indicator features only. Isolator Essential adds full mocking capabilities for developers that are committed to Test Driven Development (TDD) and unit testing. Its makers say that it works “even for legacy code” in all of .NET, including SharePoint, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC, and C#.

Isolator Complete is a more complete unit-testing package and includes the autocompletion tool as well as productivity metrics for real ROI tracking and an advanced ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC test simulator.

“We believe that every professional developer should be able to unit test their own code,” said Eli Lopian, CEO of Typemock. “Unit testing is an essential development practice for every professional developer. By offering developers a range of packages for their differing needs, Typemock is showing its commitment to developers and companies looking to release quality software and help promote unit testing to the entire community, regardless of their level. Our range of unit testing solutions make easy unit testing a reality for everyone.”

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qTrace reinvents screen capture by adding intelligence

QASymphony (www.qasymphony.com), the developer of qTrace, an intelligent defect documentation Quality Assurance tool, today announced version 2.5 of its popular qTrace tool for testers and software developers. qTrace expedites the QA process, helping software development teams bring products to market by as much as 20% faster and reducing defect reporting time by about 70%.

qTrace 2.5 complements its existing capabilities by adding four different single screen capture modes, eliminating the need for  the “PrintScreen button” and other screen capture software.

Newly released to the market in Feb of 2012, qTrace has created a new category of screen capture.  qTrace not only captures images of software screens, but also the user’s actions such as mouse clicks and entered text.  By leveraging the screen images and generated text narration, a tester can describe and submit software defects in full detail quickly and easily.

Since its release, qTrace has been well received by the testing community and has quickly responded to feedback by adding enhancements to the tool.

“Our goal is to make qTrace the only screen capture tool needed by testers,” says Vu Lam, CEO of QASymphony. “We’ve tackled the tough part, which is creating a tool with the intelligence to document long complex defects.  But we’ve heard our users say that for simple cases, one screenshot is enough. We’ve now tuned qTrace to have robust functions in the capture of a single screenshot, so qTrace is the only tool needed to document simple and complex defects.  We’re also adding some other goodies that I’m sure our fans will appreciate!”
qTrace is available as a free edition or low-cost Pro edition and can be downloaded at (qasymphony.com).
To see a video of qTrace: http://youtu.be/P43ZJhSdZGI

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QualiSystems’ Advanced Infrastructure Testing Framework Now Supports IPv6

QualiSystems today announced its TestShell comprehensive software framework for lab management, device provisioning and test automation, now supports IPv6 testing. In response to market changes and customer demands, QualiSystems’ TestShell framework enables its customers, many preparing for or in the process of migrating to IPv6, to release high-quality products and services to the market, with ease.

IPv6 standards are continuing to evolve as feedback from the early deployments is gathered. In the meantime, IPv6-based products may not perform properly and therefore require rigorous testing. Consequently, TestShell builds a single software environment that can configure, deploy and execute the test plan to address IPv6 performance issues. Moreover, TestShell has needed capabilities to combat IPv6 testing problems. The framework can be extended to provide a life-cycle management of the test lab – switches, servers, generators can scheduled and managed from a simple user interface. TestShell mkes it possible to easily build complex test plans and then execute them from a central framework through its automated testing environment; and it combines test reports from multiple devices, and stores them for future reference so that the validation process can be repeated in the future.

In building its latest TestShell framework, QualiSystems kept in mind testing for IPv6 compliance and stability is not done once, but repeated until the products are stable and vendors have reached low defect levels. Testing should be performed during the procurement cycle to validate vendor claims and then repeated during the operational life cycle to validate that the vendor software is meeting performance and quality targets. Additionally, when testing the performance of various devices, the results of each product and test run need to be compared and analyzed to improve the network and vendor value. In IPv6 testing, there are also multiple devices required in the environment that need to be integrated in a setup, then managed, and shared.

“We are thrilled to provide a framework that addresses the new challenges of migrating to IPv6,” notes Eitan Lavie, QualiSystems vice president of product management and marketing. “We responded to our customers’ needs in providing a testing framework that supports the IPv6 software that is unproven and largely untested.”

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Smartbear TestComplete 9.0 set for Release with Advanced HTML5 Test Capability

SmartBear Software today announced TestComplete(TM) 9.0, the latest release of its award-winning automated testing tool. TestComplete 9.0 introduces a new approach to cross-browser testing that simplifies test reuse across Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer(R), Mozilla(R) Firefox(R) and Google Chrome(TM) browsers. Additionally, TestComplete now supports HTML5 testing, adding to its extensive list of supported rich Internet applications (RIAs).

Catherine Iannuzzo, Director of Engineering at Carbonite, Inc., said, “In an agile development environment, speed and agility is crucial. With nightly tests running on multiple versions of browsers and operating systems in our test lab, TestComplete made it possible to demonstrate the benefits of test automation and short turn-around times. The automation benefits of TestComplete 9.0, coupled with early error detection, allow us to improve our testing processes and continue to provide support for the latest Web technologies.”

“Web testing challenges multiply with the need to frequently test combinations of different browsers, browser versions, and operating systems, particularly with agile and continuous delivery approaches,” said Sergei Sokolov, Director of Product Management, SmartBear. “With the new TestComplete release, we are delivering vastly simplified cross-browser testing with an intuitive test object model generalizing access to pages, Web objects, including HTML5, and browser-specific menus and dialogs. Whether our customers use bleeding edge HTML5, or the latest in widely adopted enterprise-grade RIA technologies such as Flex(R), Silverlight(R), or AJAX, TestComplete has them covered.”

Cross-browser Testing

TestComplete 9.0 enables users to record tests in one browser and then run them in other supported browsers. Using the built-in Network Suite for automating distributed testing with TestExecute, software testers can reduce time and effort to set up and run tests targeting multiple browsers on multiple physical or virtual test machines in their test lab.

HTML5 Testing

TestComplete 9.0 now offers “out of the box” support for Web forms and multimedia applications incorporating the emerging HTML5 standard, including audio, video, and canvas elements to draw graphics on the fly. Testers can now record and or script automated tests for HTML5 websites running in the latest versions of popular browsers.

According to Ray Valdes, Research VP, Gartner, Inc., “There is a broad-based, industry-wide momentum around HTML5. Initial adoption is largely outside the enterprise sector – among progressive Web designers and among mobile application developers. Look for opportunities to embrace HTML5 via tool and browser vendors that provide early support. These opportunities may consist of building new, small websites that need advanced functionality or mobile access, or add-ons to existing websites.”

SmartBear Software provides tools for over one million software professionals to build, test, and monitor some of the best software applications and websites anywhere — on the desktop, mobile and in the cloud. Our users can be found worldwide, in small businesses, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies. Learn more about the SmartBear Quality Anywhere Platform, our award-winning tools, or join our active user community at www.smartbear.com , on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @smartbear.

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Automation Anywhere announce Testing Anywhere for Testing of Cloud Apps and HTML5

Automation AnywhereAutomation Anywhere ( www.AutomationAnywhere.com ), a global leader in automation software, today announced the newest version of Testing Anywhere with new features including additional cloud application testing and HTML5 support.

“Automation Anywhere and our Testing Anywhere product line have grown rapidly because we make it easy for people in the application lifecycle including QA testers, software developers and people in non-technical roles to automate tests intelligently,” said Mihir Shukla, founder and CEO of Automation Anywhere. “80% of our customers are already building cloud or web applications and asked us to expand into the cloud. So in this release we set the goal to make it easier to test cloud, web and HTML5 applications, which are increasingly important in mobile and online. Our mission is to build products that provide our customers intelligent, powerful and easy to use automation.”

–  Automatic Language Identification for Objects: Testing Anywhere’s intelligent technology was developed for the cloud. It detects an
object’s programming language and then automatically chooses the best test automation technology for that language. This increases the
efficiency of the testing process, especially when there are multiple types of objects and languages. Testing Anywhere works with languages
including .Net, Java, WPF, HTML,Silverlight, Flash, Flex and more.

–  Application Testing in the Cloud: Automation Anywhere customer feedback says more than 80% of recorded test cases initially fail in
the cloud using other testing tools. Testing Anywhere aims to significantly improve that percentage and also extends support for
nested inline frames and framesets.

–  HTML5 support: With the growth of HTML5 in both web and mobile environments, Testing Anywhere now supports automated HTML5 testing.

–  Power User Functionality: Although Testing Anywhere was initially designed to be used by a wide range of users, many advanced users have
requested more control over their testing environments. As a result, Testing Anywhere has added some power user functionality such as a
free-flow editor for testers to quickly type and create test cases, a multi-tab editor, advanced debugging support, and support for regular
expressions in many actions.

–  PDF testing support: Testing Anywhere now automatically tests PDF capabilities for applications that export or work with PDF documents.

–  Email testing support: More advanced email integration allows testers to easily connect to an email server from within Testing Anywhere and
test email functionality of any software or web application.

–  Enhanced Testing for Mainframes: Testing Anywhere has always used terminal emulator technologies to test new and legacy applications.
Testing Anywhere 7.5 offers more advanced mainframe testing and now supports SSH1 and SSH2 protocols

–  Testing Anywhere first launched in December 2009 and is being adopted by large system integrators and other software development teams
looking for significantly better efficiencies and quality around automated software testing. Testing Anywhere tests any application on
any Windows platform; tests web applications on Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome; and tests custom applications written in
more than 20 languages including Python, Perl, C++ and C#. People interested in Testing Anywhere can download the free trial version

http://www.automationanywhere.com/Testing/download/free-trial.htm