Amazing tools that make your testing smarter faster easier

Texter - Writing test cases or defects , Text substitution app Texter saves you countless keystrokes by replacing abbreviations with commonly used phrases you define

Jing / substituted with snipping tool now in Windows 7 - Capture Screenshots

Bubbl - Mind mapping tool , great for brainstorming / idea / sharing information

FreeMind - again a brain storming tool but has better features for a detailed ideaation

EtherPad /  - is an online document collaboration tool which works in real time.  In other words, EtherPad has allowed multiple people to work on the same document at the same time over the Internet

Rapid Reporter - Session based testing  / Exploratory testing

PerlClip - generate text , text count and more

Log-Watch  - creates a log file as it goes, reporting strange events and possibly errors that might not appear through the UI

Color Cop - returns RGB values

Firebug - Xpaths and JavaScript errors!

WebWait - check the speed of your web application

Pingdom - Test your page load speeds The Full Page Test gives you a detailed visual report on the load time of each element (images, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes). Objects included in javascript are ignored

METS - Minimal Essential Test Strategy (METS) - These are Excel spreadsheets but help in planning and estimating tests

Beyond Compare - Comparison tool

Test Data Generation( - This is a really cool web script that you can use for free and even download the script for use on your own server.

Dia (Visio alternative, helpful for drawing process flow diagrams, etc for test planning) -

Sikuli - Sikuli is a visual technology to automate and test graphical user interfaces (GUI) using images (screenshots) -

IcuTest - GUI Unit Testing for WPF -

Paloma Print Perfect - STREAMDiff - Comparison of PDF docs -

LucidChart which is another Visio alternative which is web-based. It has real-time collaboration so lots of people can work simultaneously.

Feel free to add more tools that make your testing Smarter!


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  2. Hi There,

    Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that I’ve been waited for so long.

    very interesting, but if I understand well, with this method you will capture a full window, or any other element inside it.
    But the request was...
    I want to take a snapshot for current screen (only the workspace, excluding toolbar and file menu)
    He is asking a window region. How do you manage this?
    But great job man, do keep posted with the new updates.

    Best Regards,

  3. Hi Aditya,

    Gratitude for putting up this prolific article! You truly make everything a cake walk. Genuinely good stuff, saving time and energy.
    This issue was filed with Mentor in November 2011 (as SR2443464372, DR00840453). The Defect Report was closed in 2015 (without any email notice), stating that this concern is an Enhancement Request, needing to be filed on Mentor Ideas.
    Users can't wait four or more years to get an answer like that, which does not even constitute a solution. Hence, the workaround: Always assign the Display Control Scheme Name for a Detailed View to be the Name of the Detailed View. This way, you take control of the problem, accessing the Scheme Name through DetailedView.Name. It's simple, and it has worked for us over the past 6+ years.
    Appreciate your effort for making such useful blogs and helping the community.


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  5. Hello There,

    I love all the posts, I really enjoyed.
    I would like more information about this, because it is very nice., Thanks for sharing.
    1)Connect to VM; (If you use Sikulix you can do screenshot based UI automation to open a VM.)
    2)Open browser - perform some actions; (When you are VM you can trigger a Selenium Project by using again Sikulix. Then selenium project open browser and do actions.)
    3)Start desktop application - perform some actions (Again Sikulix or Auto-IT or JAVA Robot Class)
    4)Go back to the browser (Selenium)
    5)Go to your own machine and connect to another VM (Sikulix)

    Somebody could share the way how possible (or how it uses) to do the automation testing of a mobile app in combination: windows PC + iOS mobile phone.
    Many automation software platforms support only the combination - MAC pc + iOS phone.
    Is it possible to use the Windows PC + iOS phone at all?

    Very useful article, if I run into challenges along the way, I will share them here.

    Merci Beaucoup,
    Krishna kumar


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