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How Manual Testers Can Break into Automation without Programming Skills – Free Special Webinar

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:06
We are pleased to inform you about a special webinar presented by Ranorex Professional Jim Trentadue entitled "How Manual Testers Can Break into Automation without Programming Skills".

Adoption of automating tests has not happened as quickly as organizations need. As more companies move toward implementing agile development as their software development lifecycle, more features are being realized and released more quickly. This leaves less time for full regression testing of the system, nonetheless this should still be done. Manual testers need to transform into test automation testers as well.

Many manual testers believe they have to learn a development language in addition to the functionality of a specific tool to be effective. Add to that the in-depth or SME knowledge one must have about the system under test along with the development and management support required and it may not seem at all clear where to start.
Jim will cover the following in this session:
  • The challenges faced by many organizations beginning the test automation journey
  • Early stages of adoption and adding to the value of work handled by a manual test team with little programming knowledge.
Find out how traditional manual testers can break into test automation without having in-depth scripting or programming skills. Learn how to make this jump as a manual tester and focus on the right areas first e.g. automation test structure, object recognition and results interpretation.

Jim Trentadue has more than fifteen years of experience as a coordinator/manager in the software testing field. As a speaker, Jim has presented at numerous industry conferences, chapter meetings, and at the University of South Florida's software testing class.

Register for the free webinar " How Manual Testers Can Break into Automation without Programming Skills " to be held on March 4, 2015, at 11:00 AM EST.
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Introducing Ranorex 5.3

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:20
We are pleased to announce that Ranorex 5.3 is now available for download!
This latest release considerably extends the object recognition capabilities of Ranorex for 3rd party controls, introducing a brand new native WPF plug-in.

In addition to that, now both iOS instrumentation and deployment can be set up on Windows machines which means more independence from app development. Additionally, the brand new iOS service app allows you to start and stop apps under test. Finally, Ranorex 5.3 introduces a guided start for recording, increasing the simplicity and robustness of your test automation.
For an overview of all the new features, check out the release notes .

Upgrade for free with your valid subscription (You can find a direct download link for the latest version of Ranorex on the Ranorex Studio start page.) iOS Instrumentation on Windows Machines Ranorex 5.3 introduces a whole new process for instrumenting your iOS app directly on the Windows machine you are using for testing. OS X and Xcode are no longer required to instrument your apps.
Native WPF Plug-In With Ranorex 5.3, the support for many 3rd party controls has been added – it's handled by the brand new native WPF plug-in. This brings web object recognition to the next level.
Guided Recording Our Brand new version of Ranorex provides a guided start for first time users, allowing a quick start in test automation by choosing the technology your test is based on and automatically preparing your system under test. Now it's even easier to start your robust test automation project.
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Reminder for Workshops in March

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:20
We are very pleased to remind you about our upcoming (online) Ranorex training courses that are scheduled for March.

Get firsthand training with Ranorex professionals and learn how to get the most out of Ranorex Studio and the Ranorex Test Automation Tools at one of these workshops.

Look at the  schedules  for additional workshops in the next few months.

We look forward to seeing you there!!
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Noser Engineering AG – New European Service Partner

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:40
We are pleased to announce that we have selected Noser Engineering AG as our new service partner for the European market.

Noser Engineering AG is a well established IT company headquartered in Switzerland. For more than 30 years, they have been providing consulting, solutions and services to local companies as well as European and multinational companies. Noser's 160 experienced employees are based in Switzerland, Germany and Austria – through new, challenging and inspiring projects, they deliver success to their customers each and every day.

The accolades of the company are many: winners of the Swiss ICT award, award winning Microsoft ALM consultants, founding member of the Open Handset Alliance™ (Android), market leader in Swiss system testing/QA and embedded systems. Noser Engineering adds value through quality, on-time delivery, speed and innovation.

For more information about Noser Engineering AG, please visit
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Visit Ranorex at the imbus "Trends in Testing" Roadshow in Germany and Switzerland

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:13
Test automation is still a much discussed, multi-faceted topic – a factor that determines success, not only in agile projects. Again and again, attempts at automation fail due to poor approach selection which results in excessive maintenance work. Sustainability, reproducibility, delivery and traceability are the quality characteristics of successful test automation. In "Trends in Testing", a German-language series of events organized by imbus AG, test automation enthusiasts, test managers/designers, software developers as well as product managers learn from test automation experts through ambitious presentations and inspiring discussions. Following the motto "Test automation to enjoy" the event features tools, methodologies and best practices and makes amusing comparisons with the field of cooking. What exactly does "four-star automation" look like?

Ranorex is attending this year's roadshow in Germany and Switzerland. Take the advantage of this opportunity and meet the experts in test automation. The imbus roadshow will take place on the following dates:
  • 11.03.2015: Stuttgart
  • 12.03.2015: Munich
  • 18.03.2015: Hofheim / Taunus
  • 19.03.2015: Cologne
  • 23.03.2015: Zurich
  • 25.03.2015: Nuremberg
  • 27.03.2015: Hamburg

The event is free and begins at 9:00 a.m. You'll find further German-language information including the agenda and an application form here: We look forward to seeing you there!
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Winner of the Best Quality Tool Award 2015

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:00
Ranorex convinced both audience and jury at the Software Quality Days Tool Challenge and was voted winner of the "The Best Quality Tool Award 2015".

This year's challenge was focused on mobile testing – the goal was to automate a single test case for a mobile application live on stage in under 7 minutes! We would like to thank everyone in the audience as well the as jury for all the positive support.

About Software Quality Days
The seventh Software Quality Days took place from 20-23 January 2015 in the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen in Vienna. This year the focus of the conference was on the topic of "Software and Systems Quality in Distributed and Mobile Environments". It was organized by Software Quality Lab GmbH. Around 350 participants from over 20 countries once again used the event as a platform for exchanging information, meeting other professionals in the field and networking. Read more about the software testing event
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Visit Ranorex at Swiss Testing Day and Save 15% on the Ticket Price

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:15
Ranorex will be at Swiss Testing Day on March 18th, 2015 in Zurich (Switzerland).

Swiss Testing Day is a Software Conference organized by Testers for Testers that will be taking place in the "Kongresshaus" in Zurich, Switzerland.

After the highly successful event last year, this year Swiss Testing Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This software testing conference includes first-rate keynote speeches and other interesting talks focusing on innovative solutions, methods and best practices in software quality management and software testing (presentations in both German and English). In addition to the parallel specialist presentations, there are also two top-notch keynote speeches:
  • Adrian Zwingli, Conference Chair, will look back on the last 10 years of software testing.
  • In the second keynote, Andy Holzer, the renowned writer and mountaineer, relates how he climbed to the summit of the world having been blind since birth.

The conference will bring together people involved in all aspects of software testing.

Ranorex will participate with an exhibition booth at Swiss Testing Day 2015. We look forward to meeting you for some inspiring discussions about test automation. This year's program at Swiss Testing Day looks great!

Participate in Swiss Testing Day and receive 15% discount on the ticket price by entering the promotional code "Promo_Ranorex" when you register (valid until February 28th, 2015).
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GlobalNow – New Latin American Service Partner

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:20
We are proud to announce to have selected GlobalNow as a Service Partner for the Latin American Market.

"Ranorex is pleased to work with GlobalNow as our first preferred partner in LATAM and as an affiliate partner in the US. GlobalNow's testing services center in Costa Rica, reach in Latin America, and Spanish language support enhances Ranorex's ability to support the significant opportunity in Latin America as well as the US. We believe this collaboration will enhance our offering to our clients and better address their testing challenges," states Robert Muehlfellner, President of Ranorex North America.

"We are very excited to align with Ranorex as a preferred partner. As part of our testing service offering, we were keen on finding the "best" cross platform test automation solution available in the market. After much analysis, we selected Ranorex based on its ease of use, cross platform coverage (web, mobile, tablets, etc.), test execution methods, high level of customer support and overall affordability. Including Ranorex as a component of our testing offering enables our clients to realize maximum return from their test automation initiatives" explains Bob Foster, CEO and founder of GlobalNow, summing up the motivation for partnering with Ranorex.

GlobalNow, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a software development and software quality assurance company with global teams located in multiple Latin America locations, including the software testing center located in San Jose, Costa Rica. Our quality assurance service focuses on the testing of applications and systems by applying best in class tools (such as Ranorex), with affordable QA engineers and proven operational methods; reducing our client's cost while improving their customer satisfaction and overall service quality.

For more information about GlobalNow, please visit

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Ranorex 5.2.2 Released

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:00
We are proud to announce that Ranorex 5.2.2 has been released and is now available for download. General changes/Features
  • Added support for Firefox 35
Please check out the release notes for more details about the changes in this release.

Download latest Ranorex version here.
(You can find a direct download link for the latest Ranorex version on the Ranorex Studio start page.) 

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Automated Regression Testing with Ranorex

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:09

This blog post will explain the term regression testing and how Ranorex test automation can support in doing functional regression testing. Additionally the blog post will confront you with the problem occurring with regression testing including a strategy to overcome it.


What is Regression Testing

When developing software, every modification of or addition to the existing code might lead to an inoperative state or to an error condition within the existing functionality. These side effects caused by code modifications are called regressions. To determine a regression it’s necessary to re-test already existing and tested parts of a program every time the code has changed.
That’s what regression testing is all about.

How Ranorex can help

Regression testing is not done to expose new defects but to verify the functionality of the existing parts of a program. Testing the same parts of a program after every change in code sounds a little boring and time consuming when doing manually – not to say it is impossible when being performed for every build. For this reason it makes sense to automate regression testing using Ranorex Studio as the ROI of automated regression testing is very high.

A Strategy to Prioritize

Even helping yourself with automated regression tests still does nothing about the fact that there is never enough time to run all test cases.
To minimize risks it is absolutely essential to construct subsets of test cases which have to be executed for every build, test cases which should be executed for every build and test cases which could be executed if there is time left.
After designing your test cases it is time to break them down into the following categories:

  1. Smoke Tests: The test set which should be executed very first. These tests will determine whether the build is even testable. Smoke tests typically cover a wide but shallow range of functionality.
  2. High Prior Tests: The test set which is executed most often. These tests ensure that the functionality is stable, intended behaviors and capabilities are working, and important negative tests and boundaries are tested.
  3. Medium Prior Tests: The set in this category will test the given functional areas and features in a more detailed manner. Additional most of functional specifications are examined including boundary, negative and configuration tests.
  4. Low Prior Tests: The test set which will be executed least often (e.g. check for error messages, stress tests, UI glitches, etc.).

The most important question that arises is how to figure out which test fits in which category. Following the approach described in the blog post “Rapid Test Case Prioritization” provides a smart and fast way to fulfill this mission.

  1. Categorize all functional verification tests – also known as happy day scenario tests – as high prior tests.
  2. Categorize all negative, boundary or validation tests as medium prior tests.
  3. Categorize all non-functional verification tests as low priority tests.

Now you have a rough division into the three categories. The next steps will refine the selection.

  1. Divide all functional verification tests into high and low important tests
  2. Categorize all low important functional test as medium prior tests
  3. Divide all negative and boundary tests into high and low important tests
  4. Categorize all high important negative and boundary tests as high prior tests
  5. Divide all non-functional verification tests into high and low important tests
  6. Categorize all high important non-functional verification tests as medium prior tests
  7. Repeat the steps above until there will be no more changes

After doing so, the smoke tests have to be identified.

  1. Divide all high prior tests into critical and important tests
  2. Categorize all critical tests as smoke tests.


Using Ranorex to automate your regression tests will in any case dramatically increase the efficiency. However you’ve got to think about how to prioritize your test cases and the given approach might help you in successfully implementing this process.

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Why Test Automation Fails - 2nd Chance for Free Special Webinar with Jim Trentadue

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:35
We are proud to announce that the special webinar by Ranorex pro Jim Trentadue entitled "Why Test Automation Fails" is being offered a second time. For all those who missed the session on December 11th, 2014, you now have a second chance to take part.

The challenges in automation that testers face often lead to subsequent failures. In the webinar you will learn how to respond to these common challenges by developing a solid business case for increased automation adoption. You'll learn a lot through Jim Trentadue's explanations which cover a variety of automation perceptions and myths.

Register for the free webinar " Why Test Automation Fails " to be held on January 22nd, 2015, at 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST.
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Ranorex vs. Selenium - Tool Comparison

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:48
When companies evaluate web test automation tools, they often are facing the following question:
What's the difference between Ranorex and Selenium?

At first it seems that both tools are similar and as such facing the same challenges when automating a web application. However, it is very relevant to understand further aspects when comparing both web test automation tools.

See the tool comparison and the reasons why you should pay for a commercial tool instead of using a free one:  Ranorex vs. Selenium
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