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Seapine Software's QA Wizard business unit has launched a new tool named Defect Scribe aimed at software development quality assurance (QA) for website and application testing.

"Defect Scribe increases teams' productivity by removing their least valuable work," said Jeff Amfahr, director of product management, Seapine Software. "QA folks want to spend their time finding issues, not writing defect reports. By automatically creating a step-by-step record of every action with Defect Scribe, anyone testing software can spend more time finding issues and less time on paperwork."

As subscription-based service, Defect Scribe is installed on the user's desktop to record "every user action and application screen" so that test sessions and create bug reports can be produced.

The software itself is available for web-based, Windows, or Java applications, and Defect Scribe records activity during both manual and exploratory testing.

The development team who have presented this product say that Defect Scribe builds a "detailed history" of the test session, including descriptions of the user interface controls used and a screen shot of every step with the relevant graphical user interface (GUI) element automatically highlighted.

If a defect is found, the tester can submit a complete and accurate bug report including the recording, associated screenshots, testing notes, and detailed steps needed to reproduce it. The firm says that this saves significant time with manual data collection, allowing testers to focus on "breaking" software and enabling developers to reproduce and fix bugs.


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