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Snippy! Snappy! Screen Captures

Screencapture ToolWhen you’re testing a product, you often may want to highlight a particular bug or issue with a quick screenshot. Of course, 90% of the time, you just need to show a small part of the screen. Snippy is a handy tool to grab part of a screen in Windows XP. Just click on the icon in your systray and circle the area on the screen. The image will be saved to the clipboard where you can drop it into an email or document. It’s free, it’s simple, and you don’t even need to install it so it keeps the test system relatively clean.

You can also grab a copy of Cropper which provides a nicer user-interface to allow you to grab sections of your screen, saves the area in many different formats, and works in Windows Vista. If you’re running Windows Vista, you can also use the built-in Snipping Tool. All three offer more features/capabilities than PrintScreen…

Bug tracking analysis using SharePoint

Bug TrackingFor many companies, Microsoft Sharepoint has become an important way to communicate and collaborate on projects, including hardware and software development projects. It’s very simple with SharePoint’s custom lists to develop quick bug reporting solutions to meet your internal needs and test methodologies in just a few minutes. However, what most people don’t realize is that SharePoint can also be used in conjunction with Microsoft Excel to perform some rather informative analysis and graphing of your defect tracking data.

The key to everything is the ability of SharePoint to export data to Excel using web queries. You can export the data to Excel and, using the connector, update the data from SharePoint whenever you want (e.g., on opening the spreadsheet, after a set period of time, via a macro button, etc.). It’s incredibly handy and VERY powerful, especially if you’ve any familiarity with some of Excel’s conditional formulas – in particular, COUNTIF.

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