TestGear launches its latest, all guns blazing release - Dragonfly!
TestGear has some big news with the launch of a feature packed release: Dragonfly, with an all-new UI. The new release is putting QA teams at the center of our test management system. As we know what you need to support and streamline the testing process, making it easy to manage test cases, teams, deliveries etc.
And as dragonflies are extremely successful hunters, with 95% hunting success rate – the highest observed success amongst animals. It was only natural that we’d go with an expert in bug hunting for inspiration!
The latest release is not only the best yet, but it’s also loaded with new features and improvements to enhance your experience to organize your workflow. Which helps to build trust, promotes accountability, and ensures that all stakeholders are informed about the quality of the software being developed.
What’s new in the release?
We understand that managing tests in QA can be a complex and time-consuming task. With need to save time and resources by automating repetitive tasks.
Let’s take a closer look at the updates made in the new release to do just all of that as well keeping teams happy, encourage collaboration and to stay motivated.
UI redesigns and upgrades
Throughout the release, there were upgrades to the UI to unite the whole platform together and infuse consistency throughout. Which included the following exciting revamps:
New design for "Projects" page
New design for Login page
"Project Settings" page
"Automated tests" page
New design for section tree
Updated fonts, icons, and colors
Projects and projects settings
Having multiple projects running at once, can be difficult to search through them and can get complicated. The updates and changes now make it more convenient by easing up time and effort including:
In previous versions, once users entered authorization, they were redirected to the projects page. This has not changed but the page now has a table view to give a consistent look throughout the system.
The "Create project" button has been changed, with the main action button now located at the top left and highlighted. This was to standardize the layout of elements.
To make it more user-friendly integration, import, webhooks, and other options are now located in a separate "Settings" module.
In addition, adding a new attribute to a project has become even more convenient.
The layout of the elements in each module of the system has been standardized, and functional areas are presented as tables or wizards.
We have also simplified the UX by making high-priority functions more prominent and so easier to find.
Within project settings, such as integrations, imports, adding attributes, and configuring webhooks, are now located in a separate module.
Test library navigation
Navigation in the system has become more advantageous through the updates to the menu. The top menu now includes information the product, a technical support button, and documentation. The project navigation has also been completely redesigned to make it easier to navigate through and be more intuitive.
When it comes to automated tests, the whole section has been revamped so that you can plan and launch efficiently and on time.
The automated test viewer has been brought in line with the standard, familiar to developers of automated tests during code debugging.
We have also extended the search and filtering capabilities across multiple parameters for the test library filtering and search system.
The appearance of the auto-test viewer with steps has been changed with the error separated from the details, and the viewer has been simplified.
The auto-test viewer and test runs have been brought in line with the same standard.
All these help updates can facilitate tracking each user's progress, change logs, workloads and get updates on assigned test roles. So that you can deliver fully fledged products on time and efficiently.
Test plan: Planning
In the test plan module, the way of creating a test plan has changed, and the actions menu for the test plan has been moved to the button at the top. As well as:
The representation of the test plan status has changed - it is now located in the panel on the right, which can be hidden if desired.
Creating test sets (both custom and from sections), assigning and distributing testers, adding configurations, and exporting to XLSX have been moved to the "Actions" button in the table with tests.
The test plan creation process now includes a wizard.
Test plan: Execution
Test points acquired a tabular view, with steps, test runs, history, attachments, comments, and links moving to the sidebar menu.
Test plan report
A test report provides insight into the quality of your testing and test automation activities. To help with organisation of the report, the changes made include the test points acquiring a tabular view.
The widgets in the test plan report window are now displayed on the main screen, while the right panel contains widgets for time distribution, results, and tasks. Giving it a cleaner and easier to read report and make testing even more sophisticated.
In addition to the redesign, the new release includes a large package of improvements to the public API. The number of controllers has doubled as well as methods and expanding the documentation.
One big bonus is that TestGear can now work with almost any test automation framework! API clients are tools that allow working with an API using a specific programming language.
This was achieved by increasing the number of our own API clients and adapters. A platform that supports many frameworks including Codester Java and Cucumber for BDD.
Before Dragonfly, it could take a user a week to implement a desired customization scenario. Now it takes only two hours. Teams only need to focus on the business logic and the list of API clients.
But we hear you ask, ‘If tests are written in Python or Go, can we upload our automated tests to Dragonfly?’. The answer is yes, but you need to access the API and write your own API client.
On the back of this, a command line interface (CLI), a tool that allows you to quickly get test run results from any framework in any programming language has been developed. This allows you to get test results from any framework in just two lines of code.So, everything is one place and easier to access and view.
The amazing repositories included are the following:
Which now brings us to the last update, adapters which provide more flexible integration options for automated tests (upload attachments, screenshots, describe steps, etc.). They also provide better visibility into the testing process and enabling more effective tracking of test cases and defects.
The adapters included are the following:
In conclusion, test management is crucial to improve testing processes and ensure that any organization can deliver high-quality, bug-free software products that meets the customer’s needs.
With this, TestGear is thrilled to offer users our latest release Dragonfly which is our most powerful and feature-rich software release yet. We hope that it will take your productivity to the next level. As we truly believe that it is the right choice for all quality assurance professionals.