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Avoiding the Common Pitfalls When Adopting New Technologies

According to Inc.com, there are hundreds of new virtual and physical technology tools for businesses that come out new technologyevery year. Some examples of these technological tools are smart phone sensors that act as credit cards, ready-made e-commerce websites, and and endless number of Saas products. However, there are common pitfalls experienced by many companies when adopting new technologies.

Failure to Design a Process for Implementation and Evaluation

When adopting new technologies, IT and management tends to internally discuss and prepare technology implementation without outside involvement, as this is often a costly and complex process. However, when they officially start the process, in many cases the last ones to know about new technology are the users themselves. In order to prevent any disruption or backlash, is is therefore best to start the integration process through informing employees and customers about the potential changes at the beginning. Failure to do this will result in delays and frustration. Additionally, the implementation timeline should incorporate adequate training, and time for adjustment. In order to avoid these problems, it is important to continually evaluate how both employees and customers are adapting to the new technology. Continue Reading →

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Top Five Highest-Rated Software Testing Tools at uTest

Testing ToolsSoftware testing tools will never replace the job of a tester and don’t have the heart and creativity that testers bring to the table when conducting exploratory testing. That being said, without a tried and ‘tested’ toolkit at their disposal, testers would arguably be ill-equipped to get their jobs done as effectively as they do.

For those that may be uninitiated, uTest offers a comprehensive library dedicated to some of these latest Software Testing Tools — designed to make testers’ lives easier.

Here are five of the highest-rated testing tools amongst our uTesters.

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Arguably the de-facto tool in its class of testing, Apache JMeter is open source software designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance, and it’s garnered an average perfect rating of five stars in our community. Reviews from uTesters have stressed its simplicity and a rich set of third-party plugins available for integration.

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Top Five Testing Tools in the uTest Tool Reviews Library

We are often asked to name our favorite testing tools. At uTest, we are testing tool-agnostic. We leave it up to our global community of software testers to pick the best testing tools for their projects.

Over in our Tool Reviews section, our community members have the ability to rate and review the tools they know and love, and that make their lives easier. Here are the top five testing tools in our Tool Reviews library right now.

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Notepad++ is at the top of the most frequently rated list in our Tool Reviews library. This free text editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It runs in the MS Windows environment. Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size.

Plugins extend the capability of this program, which is also a popular testing tool for exploratory testing. As one reviewer notes, “Notepad++ does everything I need, from a text editor, including syntax highlighting for many languages, easy indent fixing, line number, text manipulations, search and replace, etc. I particularly like the way you can switch between text encoding as well.”

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Testing Tool Showdown: liteCam HD vs. Mobizen

7a9a23a7651f16f378279c983cd8039a_400x400Clear, to-the-point bug reports that are backed up with solid evidence are a must for testers when it comes to communicating with developers and getting to the root cause of issues quickly.

And that evidence comes in the form of attachments, which add to a bug report by offering proof of the bug’s existence, enabling the customer or developer to reproduce and quickly rectify the issue at hand.

But with all of the options out there, we wanted to single out a couple of options that could get testers started, so we took to two popular screen recording tools from our uTest Tool Reviews in liteCam and Mobizen.

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New Testing Tool Tutorials at uTest University

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your suite of testing tools. Some tools may excel at one specific task, while others perform at an average level for more than one testing task.

A few months ago, we launched the Tool Reviews section of our site to let members of the uTest community rate and review the best testing tools. The community has responded by easily singling out the most popular and highest rated testing tools. logos

Over at uTest University, we’ve recently published new tutorials for some of the most requested tools in order to help testers set up these tools to use for testing. These tutorials are designed to be quick, easy to follow, and to get you up-and-running in no time.

Check My Links is a browser extension developed primarily for web designers, developers and content editors. The extension quickly finds all the links on a web page, and checks each one for you. It highlights which ones are valid and which ones are broken. You can learn how to set up and use Check My Links for testing using this new tutorial.

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Open Source Load Testing Tools Comparison: Which One Should You Use?

This piece was originally published by our good friends at BlazeMeter – the Load Testing Cloud. Don’t forget to also check out all of the load testing tool options out there — and other testing tools — along with user-submitted reviews at our Tool Reviews section of the site.

Is your application, server or service is fast enough? How do you know? Can you be 100% sure that your latest feature hasn’t triggered a performance degradation or memory JMeter-Response-Times-vs-Threadsleak?

The only way to be sure is by regularly checking the performance of your web or app. But which tool should you use for this?

In this article, I’m going to review the pros and cons of the most popular open source solutions for load and performance testing.

Chances are that most of you have already seen this page. It’s a great list of 53 of the most commonly used open source performance testing tools.  However, some of these tools are limited to only HTTP protocol, some haven’t been updated for years and most aren’t flexible enough to provide parametrization, correlation, assertions and distributed testing capabilities.

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iOS Log Capture Tool Showdown: iPhone Configuration Utility vs. iTools

When capturing system information critical for bug reports and reproducing bugs in action, iPhone Configuration Utility is often used as the default tool for capturing iOS logs. But is the standaiTools_logo_Realrd the best option out there for testers? VSiphone_config_real1

In this week’s Testing Tool Showdown, we’ve pitted the iPhone Configuration Utility against iTools to see which has garnered more support. The former is by far the standard testers within the uTest Community use for log capture, and has earned a five-star average review in our Tool Reviews. Here’s some of what our users have to say:

  • IPCU is handy for installing apps that iTunes has issues with. The console log alone is also a quick and easy way to got the logs you need.
  • I have used this tool many times when needing to grab a console log and overall I have found it works well
  • Lightweight and useful. Hard to beat.

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uTest Announces the Grand Prize Winner of the Ideal Tool Contest

we-have-a-winnerLast month, we asked the uTest Community to submit their ideas for the ideal testing tool – one with a unique feature or that combines some favorite features and functions into one tool. The Ideal Tool Contest was a competition for testers to design a testing tool targeted at the manual functional tester. We also offered one of the largest prize packages in recent history, with over $1,000 in prize money as well as uTest t-shirts.

Voting for the Ideal Tool Contest just wrapped up yesterday and we are happy to announce the Grand Prize winner and the four runners-up. Be sure to leave a comment to congratulate these folks! You can also take a moment to click through and read each of the winning entries.

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Android Screen Mirroring Tool Showdown: Which App is Your Go-to?

Video captured by testers is an integral piece of the puzzle for developers; faster understanding of the problem youmobizen‘re encountering means faster identification the root issue to enact the necessary changes.

If you’ve ever tried to find a screen-mirroring tool for Android, you’ve likely waded through dozens of applications that at first seem like solid solutions, before ending in headaches and time wasted on confusing setup steps. Some even require your device to be rooted, which is no use if you’re participating in testing that prohibits using modified devices!

If only there were a simple way to project what you see on your Android device’s screen to a computer monitor! Alas, there are indeed a few tools you can start using today, but which is the best?

  • Some testers have praised Droid@Screen for its intuitive, user-friendly interface while others down-rate its ability to stream video at a usable rate and its lack of an in-app video recorder.
  • How about Mobizen? Touted as easy to install with good frame rates, yet the input method changes for different applications, resulting in some user confusion.
  • MyMobiler is the go-to for some uTesters, who enjoy its wireless connection and keyboard control during recording but have experienced periodic disconnection problems.
  • Heard of AndroidScreenCast? Some features of the app require your device to be rooted, so do the pros outweigh the cons?

Hop on over to our Tool Reviews section and check em’ out, then tell us what you think! Have any better suggestions for Android screen mirroring apps? Submit them to our Tool Reviews repository and share your hard-earned knowledge.

So who wins the Android screen mirroring tool showdown? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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Load Testing Tool LoadStorm Introduces LITE Version

Untitled5Creator of cloud testing tool LoadStorm, CustomerCentrix, today announced that it has released a LITE version of its cloud load testing tool.

This version is designed to be a cost-effective, easy-to-use complement to its enterprise level tool, LoadStorm PRO. According to the company, LoadStorm allows users to set up tests in the web application and run them from the cloud with no hardware to purchase and no software to install. Users will be able to try LITE for free from their site.

Don’t forget to leave a review of LoadStorm if you’ve used the cloud load testing tool in the past, and be sure to check out the complete library of testing Tool Reviews to check out comparable load testing tools and see which is best for your testing team’s needs.

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Snagit for Windows Features Every Tester Needs to Know

I used TechSmith’s Snagit before I started working here. I was creating simple screen captures with annotations for my test documentation and reporting defects. The more I used Snagit, the more it became a part of my daily workflow. I discovered that many testers are doing just what I did — using Snagit for those simple screen capture tasks. But it’s far more powerful than that. And the robust features in Snagit are often overlooked because testers find lots of value in the capture experience alone.

To better understand the features that testers love most about Snagit, I turned to our testers here at TechSmith. Who better to give advice on Snagit features than the testers that help make it! Here are the top features of Snagit our testers use to make their work shine.

Video Capture

Video in Snagit? Yep, it’s in there, but you might be wondering why you would want to use it. It can be difficult to describe the complex behaviors of software solely through text. Capturing video of a defect or anomaly in action is a far more powerful demonstration. With video, you can describe the behavior prior to and following an anomaly. Essentially, you’re narrating the defect. And video is extremely helpful when working with remote testers or developers.

To capture a video, simply activate a capture and select the video button:

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New Testing Tools Added to uTest Include Those in Automation, Screen Mirroring

Thanks to our great community, over the past month at uTest, we’ve added more than 30 tools to our ever-expanding library of Software Testing Tools, including those in security, automation and even screen mirroring.

The Tool Reviews section of uTest is your one-stop shop to rate, review and discuss the tools that are supposed to make testers’ lives (hey, that’s you!) easier. Here’s just a small sampling of the tools being talked about by our community over the past 30 days:

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uTest has designed Tool Reviews to be the place where testers can make educated decisions on the tools that may become a part of their daily routine, and to see which tools have won the hearts — or the ire — of their testing peers. If we’re ever missing your favorite test tool, be sure to submit it to us, and we’ll add it right away so you can leave the first review!

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