Desktop Explorer - Jun 13, 2014

qTest Explorer Release Notes

Version – Integrated Edition (Jun 13, 2014)
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qTest Explorer – Integrated Edition is a qTest’s add-on that can be downloaded from and installed on a Windows machine. This add-on is a complete capture application that captures users activities as mouse clicks or data entries and generates intelligent narrations of users’ actions with screenshot that can be submitted to qTest as defects or test cases.

With the latest version, Explorer is equipped with TestPad, which enables the users to execute the test cases and have execution results reported back to qTest’s test suite in real time.

qTest Explorer supports capturing single and multiple applications at the same time, users can save the trace file and append the next session to the previous. The editor of Explorer provides versatile tools to annotate the screenshots.

The outputs can be exported into different formats like Word or PDF and can be submitted to other popular trackers beside qTest.

* qTest Explorer add-on is available for any users of an active qTest instance with this option enabled.

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2.     New Features/Changes

  • Automatically load custom field(s) into Field Settings screen from JIRA 5.x. It means that the user does not need to add custom field(s) manually as the previous versions of qTest Explorer.
  • Add more defects types (Bugzilla 4.x and JIRA 5.x) using REST API in defect trackers list.

3.       Fixed Bug:

  • Error when submit test case with attachment(s) to qTest.
  • Failed to test connection to JIRA from qTest Explorer although it successfully connected with qTest.


4.       Known Bugs and Limitations

Below is the list of known limitations with external tracker integration and capability to capture specific frameworks.


  • Integrations
    • With Rally: Submitting a defect to Rally and users select a owner (from the list provided to Rally) who doesn’t have proper permission on the selected project, submission is valid and successful but the selected owner will not be able to view the defect on Rally.
    • With FogBugz:
      • Cannot retrieve custom fields from FogBugz.
      • Cannot set value for field “Notify More Users” and this field is excluded from defect submission to FogBugz.
    • With HP Quality Center (HPQC):
      • Cannot submit defect with dependent fields that need to be verified.
      • Parent fields are not stayed on top of child fields with dependent fields.
      • Only supports custom fields’ dependency between dropdown – dropdown list.
      • If dependency settings on qTest eXplorer are different to settings in HPQC, the defect can be submitted to HPQC but the values in dependent fields are not exact as HPQC’s settings.
    • With Bugzilla: Does not support special characters.
    • With qTest:
      • Return 400 Bad Request error when submitting test case with attachment to qTest version 1.x
      • Show 404 Not Found error when submitting defect to qTest version 1.x
    • With VersionOne: Does not support dependent fields.
    • With TFS2010:
      • Displays “field name” instead of “display name” of the fields.
      • Cannot get “TreePath” control type. The textbox for the fields with TreePath control type is displayed instead.
    • With JIRA:
      • Cannot add custom field if JIRA’s version is earlier than v4.4.x.

  • Capture engine
    • The Control Panel in the Dependent mode only supports the capture mode of Session.
    • jQuery: Do not recognize any controls on IE8 – Windows Vista.
    • WPF: Date Picker control  – Can capture steps but not image of DatePicker control on WinXP.
    • WPF: Rich Text box control – Cannot capture content in RichText box.
    • MFC: Tab control – Cannot capture tab name.
    • WinForm: Picture box control – Captures picture box control as “Click here”.
    • SWT: ExpandBar control – Captures expandbar control as “Click here”.
    • SWT: Slider control – Captures slider as “Click here”.
    • Swing: SplitPane control – Captures the control as “Click here”.
    • Swing: Jtable control – Cannot capture content.
    • Extended monitor:
      •  Incorrect image captured when taskbar has two rows, a part of taskbar is included in the images.
    • Capture console – Cannot capture context menu & dialog 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 description such as ‘Click here’ or ‘Type here’.
    • Note: For qTest Explorer to recognize actions on controls of recorded application properly, user should install the update package from Microsoft (more details at for Win XP and Vista.


  • Others
    • Cannot define hotkey 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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