What Tools Are Commonly Used in Manual Testing?

100% automated testing is generally not possible, coupled with the fact the user experience testing is also not automatable leads to the need form Manual testing in most projects. There are some phases of manual testing which could be converted to automate testing such as UAT functions, if the user’s actual actions can be recorded and used to create the automation. Automation is normally done to save time and costs. Such tools are very specific and present the users with matchless results. However, tools should always be chosen as per project need. Commercial and open source tools used for manual testing as well as its conversion are in high demand.

Categorisation of Tools

Based on functionality, there are three primary manual testingtools categories:

  • Test management tools
  • Functional testing tools
  • Training and Documentation
Manual Software Testing Tools

Historically the remit of tools for manual testing purely lay in the hands of the various test management systems on offer. However, there are now tools that assist the manual tester in other ways than management of test cases and recording defects.

These manual testing tools provide effective capture of what happened in testing and organize the results with no extra effort needed. As this is a big-time saver, testers love to use themand they also vastly speed up the defect resolution cycle.

There are a myriad of application lifecycle and quality management tools in the market, each have their own pros and cons dependent upon requirements.

The number of manual test execution tools on the market is growing but still fairly limited in number or capability. The main one was first introduced by Original Software in 2007 called TestDrive-Assist, this works over all technologies and has the advantage of being a pre-cursor to full automation.

As for training and documentation this is an even more specialized area, there are a few player here but most of them are for specific technologies or applications only. Original Software’s offering in this space comes from TestDrive-UAT which can create training documentation and videos across all technologies.

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