New Tool Documents your Bugs

On Valentine’s Day, a new California-based developer of software testing tools company, called QASymphony (, announced it had gone out of beta with qTrace.

As a software QA tester, most likely your day includes the following activities:

  • find defect
  • retrace your steps
  • take screenshots
  • take notes
  • open a defect tracking tool, and then
  • submit a ticket.

After you review the ticket, you may realize that you missed a few things, and you either have to edit the ticket or repeat the whole process.

Here is where qTrace comes in handy.

Imagine if you had some way to capture your keystrokes and annotate along the way. qTrace does just that.  A defect capture and reporting tool that records every step you take while testing -  capturing all screens, mouse clicks, keystrokes and system information.

The company claims that users can cut defect capture time by 30-50 percent and decrease fix time by 10-30 percent.

In this way, the tester can create a living document on where things went haywire. Defects can be noted during the middle of a test and the tester can keep on testing.  The tester can focus on testing, while qTrace automatically does all the documentation.

On installation, a tiny recorder (with record, pause and stop buttons) appears on the right side of your screen. Clicking on the red button starts a recording of your mouse movements and keystrokes.

When you start your session, qTrace asks you which apps you want to include in your recording. The recording can be saved as a native file or as a Word, PDF or JPEG file.

qTrace integrates with bug-tracking tools such as Bugzilla, HP Quality Center, VersionOne or JIRA and provides an API for custom integration to any other defect tracking system.

Says Gwendolyn Sanders, senior QA analyst at Silverpop. “The beta showed us that we could cut in half the time it takes to capture screens and record defects.”

Another gain:  testers end up spending less time on documentation and more time on testing.

CEO Vu Lam of QASymphony: “Today developers and testers require testing tools that provide more than basic record-keeping and collaboration. They require tools that support cloud-based software development and testing processes along with agility, scalability and intelligence into how the software is being designed, deployed and used. Our mission is to provide these tools from our cloud-based platform.”

qTrace costs U.S. $50 and can be used freely for 30-days by visiting



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