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Test Complete 8

Beverly, MA, July 28, 2010 – SmartBear Software announces the new major release of AutomatedQA TestComplete™ 8.0. This comes on the heels of last week’s news that SmartBear is the new name for AutomatedQA, Smart Bear Software and Pragmatic Software. (See announcement)
TestComplete 8.0 adds major new capabilities that boost productivity of individual users and further streamline enterprise-level automated testing. Overall, more than 120 new features and enhancements have been added, driven by TestComplete’s global community of thousands of loyal users.
Ian McLeod, EVP Products at SmartBear Software said, “Listening to our community of users and adding features that are most important to them is key for our product development strategy. We continue to advance our state-of-the-art tools to help novice users get up and running quickly and at the same time add the advanced features our more experienced users continue to get jazzed about, at a price that is unmatched in the industry.”
AutomatedQA TestComplete 8.0 adds more automation for all categories of users. We at SmartBear understand the daily pressures of test teams and engineers, and challenges that new users face with unfamiliar tools. With this in mind, the TestComplete 8.0 interface has been enhanced specifically for first-time testers to get up and running more quickly. At the same time, new advanced features play into the hands of power users helping them create sophisticated automated tests with point-and-click wizards. The new Test Visualizer and the Data-driven Test Wizard make the set up of complicated tests accessible to everyone.
TestComplete 8.0 adds major new features that enhance user experience and enterprise-class automated testing:
  • Test Visualizer – TestComplete 8.0 automatically captures screenshots during test recording and playback. This enables quick and intuitive comparisons between expected and actual screens during test.
  • New Automation for Data-Driven Tests – Creating data-driven tests is now highly automated using a new wizard to access data sources in databases, Excel and CSV files. Users can create Data-driven tests without scripting, which significantly improves test productivity.
  • Support for new platforms and technologies – Users can now perform automated testing of native and managed applications built with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4. TestComplete 8.0 also supports new Web technologies and platforms such as Silverlight 4 and Firefox 3.6.
  • SoftwarePlanner and other defect tracking tools – TestComplete 8.0 is better integrated with SoftwarePlanner, SmartBear’s development and test management software, featuring new capabilities to generate reports based on automated test runs, and automatically log defects. This version also introduces new integration with other defect-tracking tools, Atlassian JIRA and Axosoft OnTime, enabling users to post defects directly from the TestComplete user interface.
Corey Anderson, Development Manager at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) said, “We have been using TestComplete for years and have seen it bring many values to our testing teams. TestComplete 8.0 makes it easier to troubleshoot our issues and find necessary information for scripting with its new configuration options.”
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AutomatedQA TestComplete 8.0 is available immediately. To purchase or download a free 30-day trial, visit

Release Summary

The new release includes over 120 new features, functional and usability enhancements, driven by feedback and requests from our global community. We pack yet more test automation for the users with the following key new features and updates:

  • Test Visualizer enables quick and intuitive comparisons between expected and actual screens by automatically capturing screenshots during test recording and playback
  • New wizards for easier creation of data-driven tests using Excel, DB, and CSV data sources
  • Support for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 applications
  • Support for Silverlight 4 and Firefox 3.6
  • Integration bridges for the SmartBear own Software Planner, Atlassian JIRA, and Axosoft OnTime defect-tracking systems
  • Automatic importing of manual test instructions from Word, Excel and text files
  • Improved support for dynamic web controls
  • Access to methods and properties of Java application objects during tests
  • Conditional criteria for name mapping
  • Smarter image comparison
To learn more, attend our "What's New in TestComplete 8" Webinar.
See the information below for training, download and upgrade options. We thank you for your continuing support and the confidence that you have placed in TestComplete.


Online training is now available for keyword-driven testing in TestComplete 8. This 3 day (4 hour sessions each day) online course prepares experienced, beginners and new users to run fully automated keyword-driven tests against a full range of software products.
SmartBear will host a "What's New in TestComplete 8" Webinar on Thursday, August 5th at 2pm ET. We highly recommend that you attend this Webinar to get the latest and greatest on the new release of our award-winning TestComplete test automation suite.

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