Didn’t we just introduce something new, like last week? Don’t our engineers sleep? Surely we’re not already rolling out more new stuff for our testers and customers?
Well it appears we do have an update, and this one is pretty sweet. If you remember, we launched a whole new uTest experience back in April with version 3.0 of our testing platform. Since then, our product team has been watching and listening to both our testers and customers. We cheer when things work well, but we also take good notes when we see our users struggle.
Today’s update is all about fixing some of those nagging usability issues and making our user experience smoother. Some of the changes are big and some are small, but all of them were inspired by you! Let’s take a look at a few of the things that have changed:
More Effective Testing Coverage
One thing we’ve heard about creating a test cycle is that specifying testing coverage should be easier. The problem is we have so much diversity in our community – with close to 30,000 testers, hundreds of thousands of devices, dozens of operating systems, and several hundred countries and geographic areas. Customers had to do some digging to make sense of all this choice and get exactly the coverage they needed.
Today we’ve made some big improvements in this area. The first change is that you’ll be able to search for countries by global region, so if you’re just interested in European countries, you won’t have to find them in a huge list of every country in the world.
The second change is that we’ve also added quick search boxes that will help you narrow down any field to exactly the coverage choices you need. Whether you want to test your app with the Motorola Droid in the United States on Verizon, or on the Apple iPhone 4 in France on Orange Telecom, you’ll be able to get your test cycle started in a snap.
New Test Cycle Creation Wizard
But it’s not just coverage selection that’s changed. We’ve redesigned our test cycle creation process, simplifying some steps and improving the layout in others. We think that creating a good test cycle is the most important thing a customer can do to ensure testing success, and this update should make this process much smoother.
This new process also means changes for testers who are viewing the test cycle. For example, customers and testers will both appreciate the new Scope and Instructions page that is shorter, simpler, and cleaner.
All the Rest
There are dozens of little things that have improved as well. Here are a few of them:
- You can now easily distinguish read and unread bugs and messages. Unread bugs and messages will be highlighted, while read bugs and messages will be grayed.
- If you use a bug tracking system, newly exported bugs will appear much cleaner and easier to read.
- Both testers and customers can now choose to stay signed-in to the platform without having to reenter their password each time.
Do you have an idea for our future product releases? uTest community members can join our tester forums and check out our Platform Feedback section. Customers can contact their project manager directly or drop us a line.