Desktop Explorer - Jan 29, 2016

  1. Overview

    qTest Explorer – Integrated Edition is a qTest add-on that can be downloaded from qTest or and installed on a Windows machine. eXplorer captures users’ activities as clicks or data entries and generates intelligent narrations of users’ actions with screenshots that can be submitted to qTest as defects or test cases.

    Explorer allows single or multiple applications to be captured at the same time, and users can save their recordings into the qTest Session Manager or our proprietary trace file format. Explorer Editor provides versatile tools to annotate the screenshots using shapes, text, and other objects.

    The Explorer outputs can be exported into formats such as Word or PDF and can also be submitted directly into popular defect trackers like JIRA, Rally, VersionOne and qTest.

    * The qTest Explorer add-on is available for any user of an active qTest instance with a subscription type of Premium, Enterprise or Elite.

  2. New Features and Changes

    • Automatically open web session editor when completing recording session. You can turn this feature off from qTest Explorer Setting screen

    • Support submitting defect to Rally using native submission form

    • Support submitting defect VersionOne using native submission form

    • Ability to show/hide hotspot panel while recording

    • Allow to show/hide action spots on screenshot(s) while editing the recorded session or exporting it to Word, PDF and JPG

      • Show/hide all action spots of all captured screenshots

      • Show/hide all action spots of a particular captured screenshot

      • Show/hide a particular action

    • Show indicator when planned time of current recording session is about to end

    • Show warning message if Screen option is selected as None when 'Save As' as Word, PDF

    • Add more fonts to session editor

    • Add more annotation tools to session editor: Square callout, Oval callout

  3. Fixed Bugs

    • Submit defect to JIRA Native: do not populate step description into Description field if this field uses JEditor control
  4. Known Bugs and Limitations

    • Integrations
      • Rally
        • When submitting a new defect, although you can assign owner accounts that do not have proper permissions for the selected project, these owners will not be able to view the created defect later
      • FogBugz
        • Cannot retrieve custom fields from FogBugz
        • Cannot set a value for the field “Notify More Users” and this field is excluded from defect submission to FogBugz
      • HP Quality Center (HPQC)
        • Cannot submit defect with dependent fields that need to be verified
        • In Explorer Editor, Primary and Secondary Fields may not be displayed in order
        • In Manage Dependency Rule setting, Explorer only supports creating dependency rules among Dropdown List fields
        • If dependency settings in qTest Explorer are different than the settings in HPQC, the defect can be submitted to HPQC but the values in dependent fields will not be the same as the HPQC settings
      • Bugzilla
        • Special characters are not supported
      • VersionOne
        • Dependent fields are not supported
      • TFS2010
        • When the field control type is “TreePath”, a textbox is displayed instead of the TreePath control
      • JIRA
        • Cannot add custom field if JIRA’s version is earlier than v4.4.x.
    • Capture engine
      • On Windows 10, if Chrome is the default browser then URLs from Explorer will not be redirected correctly. This is a bug from Chrome (
      • When launching multiple Chrome instances with the same titles, the Always On feature will not be triggered
      • Chrome / Firefox / IE: Cannot capture characters typed into a Rich Text Editor control
      • Terminal Screen: qTest Explorer sometimes cannot record typed characters after pressing the Tab key
      • The context menu of qTest Explorer in the taskbar of the Dependent mode (when qTest Explorer is launched from qTest) only supports Record mode (it does not support Snapshot)
      • jQuery: Will not recognize any control on IE8 – Windows Vista
      • WPF
        • Will only capture the steps but not the images of a DatePicker control on WinXP
        • Cannot capture characters typed into a RichText box
      • MFC: Cannot capture the tab name of a Tab control
      • WinForm: Captures the Picture Box control as “Click here”.
      • SWT
        • Captures the ExpandBar control as “Click here”
        • Captures the Slider control as “Click here”
      • Swing
        • Captures the SplitPane control as “Click here”
        • Cannot capture content of the Jtable control
      • Extended monitor
        • Incorrect image captured when the taskbar has two rows, a part of the taskbar is included in the images
      • Capture console: Cannot capture context menus & dialogs on XP and Vista.
      • Captures entire text on notepad or text area
      • Displays captured value in Chinese character when recording notepad ++
      • Un-recognized UI controls will be captured with generic descriptions such as ‘‘Click here’’ or ‘‘Type here’’
      • Note: For qTest Explorer to recognize actions on controls of recorded applications properly, you should install the update package from Microsoft (more details at for Win XP and Vista
    • Others
      • Cannot define hotkeys with the following combinations:
        • Only number (e.g.1, 2…) or only letter (e.g. a, b…)
        • Alt + <key> (e.g. Alt + R)
        • Alt + Shift + <key> (e.g. Alt + Shift + C)
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