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SmartBear Software has this week released its PeerReview Complete tool. The product is designed to act as a peer review bridging mechanism between software and hardware engineers focused on digital content.

Rather than yet another tool focused on connecting the business function to the IT function, or a new method for linking the application design team with the application programming unit, this tool sits in comparatively new territory as it aims to unite the interests of software and hardware engineers focused on the need to share, review, and annotate schematics, 2D drawings, diagrams, images, HTML, and other digital data.

SmartBear says this is the first time hardware and software design teams will have been able to share and review both technical documents and programming code, keeping both teams in sync when issues are found and changes are made.

The company states that PeerReview Complete shortens review times by facilitating communication across teams while simultaneously capturing the metrics and audit trail needed for compliance and process improvements.

"Reviewing and marking up technical documents during the development cycle is crucial but still a huge challenge for teams, as all those artifacts are traditionally kept on paper. The complexity is doubled for embedded systems' teams who must review technical drawings and software code," said James Wang, VP of Peer Review Products at SmartBear Software.

PeerReview Complete is designed to allow teams to track the status of open issues and share files with team members in any location or time zone. With customizable workflows and fields, teams can design a review process that follows their existing business processes and create audit trails to meet compliance requirements.

Product features include:

  • Synchronous and asynchronous reviewing to view and mark up documents in a virtual setting but also allowing remote users to complete reviews at their convenience.
  • Live Chat during the review process using an instant messaging feature that records and tracks the discussion.
  • Threaded comment tracking and automated review notification for managing discussion threads and comments with automatic email reminders about deadlines and completed reviews.
  • Review hardware description languages to catch bugs in languages like VHDL and Verilog.
  • Centralized reporting to automatically collect metrics such as staff hours spent in review, defect data, and number of reviews.


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