New Features - Images, Folders and Reporting

This weekend sees the release of several updates to Testpad. These will be described in more detail in subsequent blog posts, but can be summarised as follows. Also scroll down for a detailed list of UI changes that could require minor changes to current process.


Image Attachments

Images and files can be attached to test descriptions and to test results by drag and drop.

Files in support of test descriptions go in the Test Details dialog, which is accessed by any of: double-clicking on the row ID, clicking on the triangle icon at the end of the row of text or typing the shortcut Alt-T.

Screenshots etc in support of test results go in the Test Run dialog which is displayed during a test run.


Folders

Scripts can be organised into folders for improved release management and general grouping of tests.

Scripts and Folders themselves can be organised by drag'n'drop, with CTRL held down to make copies instead of moving items.

Right-click on Script names and Folder names for more options, including accessing reports per folder.


Reporting

Reports are now all presented using the all-in-one printable HTML page and displayed in a new tab/window.

Reports can be accessed using Folders (right-click on the folder name), or via the "view report" button that is displayed when a project has no folders.

Configure the contents and sharing of reports by opening the report and then clicking on the settings button in the top right-hand corner.


Tag Colors

Tags can be displayed using custom colors, configured in the Project Settings tab. For now, custom tag colors need to be configured per project. If there is demand, an Account level default setting could be added, as for how the Bug Link setting works.

User Sorting

The Users view now offers some sort options to help customers with their long lists of users.

Emails case-insensitive

Emails for login etc are finally case-insensitive as they should have been all along. Some customers own multiple accounts and use different spellings (patterns of upper and lower case) of their email addresses to identify these different accounts. For backwards compatibility, these different spellings of their email addresses will continue to work as before, but new accounts will not be able to use this trick.


UI Changes

Most of the changes in this update are additional to existing functionality and as such should not present any process problems. However, there are some minor changes, which are summarised:

  • Reporting is now accessed via the View Report button (for existing projects without folders) or by right-clicking on folders and selecting the 'View Report' option. The 'browse' report (also called 'live' in some places) has been deprecated as it was both redundant and under-used.
  • Sharing of reports is now managed in the report itself. Open the report, click on the Report Settings button in the top right-hand corner, and use the Enable/Revoke Guest Access button.
  • Folder reports do not have the Report Comments field that Projects used to have. Existing projects (without folders) continue to have a Report Comments field (but moved to the Settings Tab) for backwards compatibility. For newer reports, based on Folders, there is a new feature to insert Notes within the list of Scripts. These Notes can be used for small comments and are included in the summary sections of reports.
  • The Show All/Hide All Details button in the project view has been moved into the SCRIPTS menu item in the header bar. The FOLDERS menu has a similar option for expanding/collapsing all folders.
  • The project progress bar is now only displayed for existing projects that do not contain folders. As soon as folders are added, progress is displayed per folder.
  • Project level reports are still available via the View Report button, but this is only available until Folders are used, after which each Folder should be used to access reports within that Project. If this becomes a problem, please contact support@ontestpad.com for a workaround.
  • The sort order of scripts used to be alphanumeric and this was updated automatically when new Scripts were created or renamed. This automatic sorting is now replaced with manual sorting via drag'n'drop. If you would still like to sort Scripts alphanumerically, there is an option in the right-click menu for Folders to sort their contents.
  • Templates can be used to make scripts by drag'n'drop onto a Project name. Either single Templates or whole Folders at a time can be dragged onto a Project to make one or more Scripts. There's no longer a menu option in the Project view to create a script from a template.


With the number of changes to Testpad there are bound to be some early issues. If you have any problems or questions, please do not hesitate to email support@ontestpad.com