Dear QF-Test users and interested parties,
We are proud to present QF-Test version 4.1.0, a medium upgrade with so many new features and improvements that it could easily have been relabeled as a new major version.
It wasn't always planned that way. After Mozilla broke the embedded browser support with Firefox version 44 we were forced to implement alternatives in order to restore QF-Test/web compatibility with the latest browsers. This took some time but the results speak for themselves.
By adopting the Selenium WebDriver standard QF-Test now supports Edge and Safari besides the latest Firefox versions as well as Chrome now on Linux and macOS, including capabilities for combining QF-Test and Selenium based tests - all that in addition to the traditional QF-Driver support for Internet Explorer and Chrome on Windows and Firefox on Windows and Linux which now has 64bit browser support and continues to be fully supported and maintained.
All that took our web team less than a year, time that was used by the rest of the team for many other significant improvements listed below.
Topics of this edition of our newsletter:
1. Highlights of QF-Test Version 4.1
2. Backwards Compatibility
3. License Updates for QF-Test 4.1 and License Server Option
4. Special Webinar to introduce QF-Test 4.1
5. Release Notes for QF-Test version 4.1.0
Thank you and with best regards,
Your QFS Team
For a detailed list of innovations since QF-Test version 4.0.11 please see the release notes for QF-Test versions 4.1.0-rc1 through 4.1.0 in the QF-Test manual.
Changes between QF-Test version 4.1.0-rc2 and 4.1.0 are listed in the release notes in section 4 below.
You can download the latest QF-Test version and try it.
QF-Test 4.1 is mostly backwards compatible to QF-Test 4.0. However, in some cases you may need to set certain options, downgrade features or install legacy packages in order to retain compatibility. These are explained in detail in appendix B.1.2 and B.1.3 of the manual. Here is a short summary:
QFS is taking pains to support even very old software. QF-Test should still run, for example, under Windows XP or - after downgrading Jython and Groovy - with an SUT based on Java 5 or 6 but for systems that are no longer supported by their own vendors we cannot provide full support.
The libraries that are required for the Firefox and Eclipse/SWT versions listed above are no longer part of the default installation of QF-Test. The majority is still being maintained, albeit with limited testing. For Eclipse/SWT 3.5 - 3.8 simply download swt_legacy.zip and extract the contents into the
swt directory of your QF-Test installation. For support of older browsers, please get in touch with QFS.
To ease the transition to QF-Test version 4.1, it can be used with a license for QF-Test version 4.0 until February 28, 2017. Please make use of this transition period to update your QF-Test licenses to version 4.1.
Users with a valid Maintenance Agreement are entitled to this medium upgrade for free. Without Maintenance Agreement the fee for upgrading from version 4.0 to version 4.1 is 20% of the current license price.
Please note that QF-Test can now use a license server as an alternative to the classic license mechanism which only supports one local network. This makes it possible to float QF-Test licenses across multiple sites - even world-wide - to fully utilize them. Even at a single site the license server has many advantages for managing multiple licenses.
The server itself is free of charge and server licenses are very reasonably priced. If interested, please get in touch with our sales team for more information and an individual offer.
Martin Moser continues his popular special webinars with an in-depth session about the new features in QF-Test 4.1. A web seminar session lasts about 1.5 hours and costs 125 EUR (net) per participant. Reserve your seat via webinar@ or +49 8171 38648-10. qfs.de
|October 25, 2017|
(German version one day before)
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And of course you can always book training or consulting individually for you and your company or on site.