Discover AscentialTest®

AscentialTest is an automated testing tool, manual testing tool and test management tool. It is a productivity tool for software testing. AscentialTest provides a highly visual environment for developing manual and automated tests and managing the testing process.

Zeenyx understands that the cost of maintenance erodes the return on investment in test automation and has given it the highest priority in the product’s design. The step-based approach allows testers to create durable tests that are as easy to maintain as they are to create. By eliminating the need to build a costly test framework, AscentialTest reduces the level of effort, increases productivity and lowers the cost of software testing.

The Primary Components of AscentialTest®

How To: Automated Testing

Test frameworks are costly to build and maintain. Unlike keyword-driven testing, AscentialTest does not require the development of a test framework. AscentialTest is a productivity tool for software testing. It has been designed to lower the learning curve, reduce test creation time and minimize the level of effort to maintain tests. Instead of investing time in building frameworks, software testers can spend more time testing. AscentialTest provides a highly visual environment where test components are created using drag and drop in an easy 4 step process

Users point and click to capture Snapshots, which contain all of the data required to expose and organize application objects and attributes. Users define objects by dragging and dropping to the object repository.

  • Uniquely identify objects using a rich array of descriptors
  • Visually confirm object definitions
  • Reduce ‘noise’ by filtering out unwanted levels in the application hierarchy
  • Text and images are recognized as application objects
  • Powerful object recognition for complex objects like tables and grids
  • Table wizard guides definition of web table objects
  • ‘Selectors’ provide easy interaction with objects in tables and lists
  • Capture list of values from dropdowns, listboxes and other list-based controls
  • Capture and compare image-based application components
  • Refactor project automatically when renaming objects
  • Locate object references throughout the project
  • Build Snapshot series to storyboard test transactions
  • Create object classes to define objects that display on multiple pages
  • Special object recognition for PowerBuilder, dotNet (Windforms and WPF) and PDF
  • Special object recognition for Java and Terminals (5250 and 3270)

AscentialTest marries the usability of a recorder with the strength of script-based testing. Reusable steps are created by point and click. Actions are automatically generated by interacting with Snapshots.

  • Visually build steps in drag and drop interface
  • Generate input and verification actions
  • Parameterize steps with the touch of a button to make them reusable
  • Drag flow control and conditional statements from the ‘Actions Explorer’
  • Test data objects automatically generated
  • Data types are automatically handled by AscentialTest
  • Access interfaces to DLLs, database, xml and the operating system
  • Powerful scripting language available for users with scripting experience
  • Run individual steps out of context to aid in debugging
  • Build steps from Snapshots even when offline to the target application
  • Steps are organized in a library that can be organized by user-defined groups
  • Refactor project automatically when renaming steps or step parameters

Reusable tests are built by dragging and dropping steps. AscentialTest automatically generates data tables and binds to the data fields of the test. As the library of steps grows, the pace of building new tests accelerates. The most important benefit of the Step-Based approach is not realized until the target application changes over time. When the target application changes, only the impacted steps need to be modified. All the tests that use those steps are automatically updated. This not only saves time and resources, it assures that tests are ready when you need them.

  • Create tests by dragging and dropping re-usable steps
  • Data tables generated with fields in the correct data type
  • Pass parameters between steps or access shared parameters
  • Build cross-browser tests without need for modifications
  • Access built-in startup and error recovery
  • Refactor project automatically when renaming tests or test parameters
  • Tests kept up to date automatically as reusable steps are modified
  • Tests can be ported to multiple languages at a fraction of the time required with other tools
  • Combine manual and automated steps

Data tables are automatically generated by AscentialTest based on test input fields. Data tables offer significant advantages over spreadsheets for maintaining test data. Instead of storing only strings, AscentialTest data tables store data in the type that is required by test actions including complex lists and records. Users can automatically generate data tables from tests or build them visually using a specialized editor. All the user has to do is provide the test data.

  • Data fields are generated in the type expected by the test
  • Pick lists reduce input errors and save time inputting test data
  • Data tables can contain complex data structures including lists and records
  • Import test data from .csv
  • Special encrypted data parameters available for passwords and other sensitive data
  • Data can be designed to be reused by multiple tests
  • Standalone applet available for editing test data
  • Random data generation available
  • Easy access to ODBC databases, ASCII, XML and INI files

How To: Manual Testing

AscentialTest provides a unique way to create and execute manual tests. Manual tests are developed by combining and organizing re-usable steps by drag and drop. At test execution time, the tester is prompted with instructions for each step and provided a way to capture outputs, notes, images and attachments. Results are stored along with automated test results, making it easy to generate comprehensive reports. AscentialTest provides a highly visual environment where test components are created using drag and drop in an easy 4 step process

Build reusable steps to reduce test maintenance when the target application changes in the future.

  • Parameterize steps with the touch of a button to make them reusable
  • Drag flow control and conditional statements from the ‘Actions Explorer’
  • Steps are organized in a library that can be organized by user-defined groups
  • Refactor project automatically when renaming steps or step parameter

Reusable tests are built by dragging and dropping steps. AscentialTest automatically generates data tables and binds to the data fields of the test. As the library of steps grows, the pace of building new tests accelerates. The most important benefit of the Step-Based approach is not realized until the target application changes over time. When the target application changes, only the impacted steps need to be modified. All the tests that use those steps are automatically updated. This not only saves time and resources, it assures that tests are ready when you need them.

  • Create tests by dragging and dropping re-usable steps
  • Outputs captured in one step can be linked to input instructions of subsequent steps so        that the tester is provided with session specific data
  • Data lookups can be embedded within instructions so that the tester is provided with current and relevant test data. Significant time is saved searching for records and eliminating input errors due to out-of-date data
  • Data tables generated with fields in the correct data type
  • Pass parameters between steps or access shared parameters
  • Refactor project automatically when renaming tests or test parameters
  • Tests kept up to date automatically as reusable steps are modified
  • Combine manual and automated steps

Data tables are automatically generated by AscentialTest based on test input fields. Data tables offer significant advantages over spreadsheets for maintaining test data. Instead of storing only strings, AscentialTest data tables store data in the type that is required by test actions including complex lists and records. Users can automatically generate data tables from tests or build them visually using a specialized editor. All the user has to do is provide the test data.

  • Data fields are generated in the type expected by the test
  • Pick lists reduce input errors and save time inputting test data
  • Data tables can contain complex data structures including lists and records
  • Import test data from .csv
  • Special encrypted data parameters available for passwords and other sensitive data
  • Data can be designed to be reused by multiple tests
  • Standalone applet available for editing test data
  • Random data generation available
  • Easy access to ODBC databases, ASCII, XML and INI files

The manual test prompter invokes on the tester’s computer and provides instructions along with the ability to capture outputs, notes and attachments.

  • Application images can be captured during execution for display in test results or defect reports
  • Test results including date/time, tester and executed actions are recorded for audit or regulatory review
  • AscentialTest Manual Test Edition can be purchased separately as a standalone solution for manual-only testing

How To: Application Lifecycle Management

AscentialTest is designed to make it easy to manage test plans, test data, manual and automated tests, test results and metrics. It supports collaborations and integrates easily with version control, defect tracking and continuous delivery solutions.

The Test Plan Editor is a planning tool used to describe test requirements in outline, list or scenario form. It provides links to manual and automated tests and to test data stored in built-in data tables.

  • Link tests to plans via drag and drop
  • Link test requirements with test data by point and click
  • Test plan attributes provide the ability to locate tests using a powerful query tool
  • Automatically generate test plans from test data tables
  • Specify number of iterations to repeat tests n times
  • Group test plans into suites for execution
Test Execution Management 2

AscentialTest is integrated with Jira for defect tracking to provide a way to manage the relationship between test results and defects. (Figure 1)

Failures can be associated with defects so that testers will be notified when defects have been fixed and ready for re-testing. (Figure 2)

  • Create a defect
  • Assign a test to a defect
  • Get prompted to create defects for failed tests
  • Check the current status of a defect
  • Get prompted to re-run tests as defects are fixed
  • Get prompted to close defects for ‘passed’ tests
  • Access a defect to modify status and details
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AscentialTest offers several collaboration features by integrating seamlessly with other software development tools. By integrating with version control systems like Subversion (SVN), large teams can contribute to the test development effort. Integration with GIT and TFS will also be offered in the near future.

  • Check out/check in components to SVN repository
  • Merge files with integrated merge utility
  • Review project history
  • Restore to previous revision
Version Control

Test Sets provide test execution management and reporting. A Test Set may be created for a build, a sprint, a test cycle or a project, depending upon how your organization tests and delivers software. Test Sets help manage test results.

  • Combine automated and manual tests within a Test Set
  • Manage test results in a centralized database
  • Indicate and specify reasons for blocked and failed tests
  • Annotate Test Set to explain test results
  • Generate and export reports to PDF, HTML, EXCEL, RTF, TXT or TIF formats
  • Email results automatically
  • View real-time results in web portal
  • Attach documents of any type to results
  • Execute tests locally, remotely or on multiple machines
  • Schedule tests using test scheduler
Test Execution Management
Test Execution Management 2

How To: Test Data Management

AscentialTest makes it easy to mange test data and integrate it with manual and automated tests.

  • Build data structures and tables visually
  • Import test data from .csv
  • Project and plan level data available to provide for global data parameters
  • Pick lists reduce input errors and save time inputting test data
  • Data tables can contain complex data structures including lists and records
  • Special encrypted data parameters available for passwords and other sensitive data
  • Standalone applet available for editing test data
  • Random data generation available
  • Easy access to ODBC databases, ASCII, XML and INI files

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What We Are Up To Next

TFS/Azure Integration

Check our new Azure extension for executing AscentialTest command lines in the Azure Marketplace.

We look forward to offering additional integration with Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server and Azure through defect tracking and version control soon.

Omnis Studio

Automated testing support for OMNIS Studio is coming soon. All OMNIS elements will be supported including complex grids, list boxes, tables and tree views.

Custom Objects

Add automated testing support easily for your custom application elements by responding to simple test API messages with json strings. This feature will open up the possibility of testing any GUI element and  will be offered free of charge.

Test Debugger

Set breakpoints in your automated tests, view global and local variables and execute statements to make it easier to debug tests running on any of our supported platforms.

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