Effective Visual Communication tool – qTrace

In our organization, some of our QA team members often participate in various contests conducted by 99test and have also won several times. Few weeks ago, 99test announced a contest to test the “qTrace” tool. While participating in this contest, we got to learn more about this tool, “qTrace” – an innovative defect documentation tool by QASymphony. The participants of this contest were provided with a full year license. Though the contest was to test the tool and identify the bugs in it, we were able to explore the various features of qTrace, and it is indeed a very good bug-documentation tool.

Many a times, there have been situations where we have had to work on projects which did not have upfront documented requirements for testing and also had to be completed in a short timeframe. In such cases, we do exploratory testing – where we are learning about the application while we are testing it. Here, we create test cases which are more like checklists rather than the usual detailed test cases. So while testing the application using these checklists if we need to report a bug, we need to write each action performed, system information, include screenshots and other information so that the developer will be able to reproduce the bug and work on fixing them. This used to be quite a tedious and time-consuming task.

Well, that is history. Now we have started using “qTrace” which is a very effective and efficient defect capturing and reporting tool that adds more clarity to the quality of the defect in a simpler, faster, and easier way. qTrace records/captures the defect just by simple clicks and converts the action to test steps with screenshots. The captured information is then displayed in “qTrace” editor to edit and share the defects. It’s really helpful to be able to report a bug in an effective and professional manner saving valuable time and while improving our productivity. However, it needs mention that qTrace is not an automation or record/playback tool.

Mentioned below are some of the powerful features of qTrace:

  1. Captures each event/action with screenshots as each step – This is the most innovative feature in the tool as it saves a lot of time for the tester. This also helps the developer as they will be able to easily understand the sequence of steps in a visual manner.
  2. Add/edit/delete the captured step details – We have the capability to also manually add/edit/delete the captured steps, if required.
  3. Annotate the captured screenshots – The annotate feature allows the tester to add additional notes to a particular step or screenshot for the benefit of the developer.
  4. Captures the system information – Testers do not have to be worried about the environment in which the application was tested to report. The tool automatically captures this information.
  5. Saves the defect report as PDF, word, image – The report is saved in a common format so can be viewed without installing any additional software.
  6. Easy to share the report through email – The reports can be easily mailed to the concerned people.
  7. Integrate/submit the defect report with TFS, Bugzilla, HPQC, Jira etc.. – Yes, the tool also has the capability to be integrated with TFS/Bugzilla and other popular bug tracking tools.

Armed with all the above exceptional features and more, qTrace has made life easier for us testers.

  • Thanks to qTrace, the team is now able to report even the most complex scenarios in a very easy and intelligible manner.
  • qTrace has reduced the tester’s time in writing a detailed bug report.
  • It is very helpful in exploratory testing and has increased the productivity of the team.


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