Monday, May 02, 2011

StarEast 2011 - Free and Cheap Test Tools

Thanks to everyone who attended my half-day tutorial today! Here are the tools that were mentioned by people in the session, plus a few more from me:

Axiom - Requirements Management tool -

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

Gliffy (a web-based diagramming tool)

Shapes - Shapes is a simple, elegant Diagramming app for Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

FreeMind (Mindmapping, useful for test design) - - Test case management

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

IcuTest - GUI Unit Testing for WPF -

Selenium Grid - Selenium Grid transparently distribute your tests on multiple machines so that you can run your tests in parallel, cutting down the time required for running in-browser test suites.

eggPlant - Image based test automation -

TestRail - Test Management -

InCtrl - By monitoring the changes made to your system when you install new software it enables you to troubleshoot any unexpected problems that come up.,2817,25126,00.asp

Paloma Print Perfect - STREAMDiff - Comparison of PDF docs -

Skitch - Screen capture, crop, resize, sketch (Mac) -

TimeSnapper - Take screenshots automatically in background as you test -

VM Ware and MS Visual Studio 2011 Test have record features.

Snagit - Screen capture -

BrowserMob - Cloud-based performance testing and monitoring -

WebTrends - web monitoring and analytics - - allows individuals to post short, frequent updates that are tracked or "followed" by others. Unlike Twitter, provides a secure and private way to share updates among members of a company, without them being visible to the outside world.

Sharepoint -

Skype -

Fluid - lets you create a Real Mac App (or "Fluid App") out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into OS X desktop apps.

Fake - Fake is a new browser for Mac OS X that makes web automation simple. Fake allows you to drag discrete browser Actions into a graphical Workflow that can be run again and again without human interaction. The Fake Workflows you create can be saved, reopened, and shared.

TeamViewer - You can remote control your partner's PC as if you were sitting right in front of it. - Remote PC access. Free for up to 2 computers. - Screen sharing

IE Tester - IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE10 preview, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

Thanks for all your input!



William Echlin said...

One of my favourites is Jing for screen capture: The free version allows you to capture images and screen videos and post them on the web for sharing. Great for taking a picture of a bug and sharing it with the development team.

Randy Rice said...

Hi William,

I agree! I use Jing a lot. It's super easy and works on both the Mac and PC. The only limitation is the 5 minute video length. But then again, I like to keep my videos less than 5 minutes. I like the Flash format and wish Techsmith would make Camtasia videos this easy to share! Thanks for your comment.


D. said...

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

scott said...

You may also want to consider TestLodge - Test case management. this is a new tool that doesn't have as many features as some of the traditional ones, but concentrates on useability and productivity instead.

Evan said...

Another visio alternative would be Creately. It supports all the diagrams supported by Visio and even the diagrams you've created with visio are supported in Creately. It works across all the platforms as its online & cloud based. Real-time collaboration can be seen as a great advantage. I use it mainly because of the templates and examples.

Randy Rice said...

Thanks for that suggestion!