Hexawise Recent Updates

April 7, 2011


It was not possible to unshare a project via a URL once it was shared in some scenarios

Now, if you unselect the share checkbox it always unshares the project via the link (the link is no longer active).



“Create and Comment” permission is now “Copy and Comment”

Previously, the lowest permission level for sharing a project with a user gave the user the ability to create new plans in the project, make their own copy of plans from the project, and comment on existing plans in the project (which were all read-only for that user).

We’ve changed the wording and meaning of the lowest permission level to reflect what we think is the more common need. Users with the “Copy and Comment” permission can comment on plans in the project and can make their own copy of plans from the project, but cannot create new plans in the project. You need at least “Full Access” now to be able to create new plans in the project.



Dialog keyboard support

Dialogs that are answered with a simple “Yes” (various delete confirmations) now start with the “Yes” selected so you can quickly press enter on the keyboard to dismiss the dialog.


March 28, 2011


Test Coverage Analysis engine

Improved the performance and robustness of the test coverage analysis engine. More improvements in the works in this area.



Dialog keyboard support

Dialogs that are answered with a simple “OK” (various alerts) now start with the “OK” selected so you can quickly press enter on the keyboard to dismiss the dialog.



Analysis coverage charts

Now includes 0 tests / 0% as the first data point.


March 16, 2011


Spinner when creating or importing new test plans

So you know it’s working and so you don’t accidentally click twice.



SSL warnings on support and feedback pages in IE

Two classic pair-wise (or 2-way) problems. Two tests that triggered them included:

The first issue, related to clicking “support,” included these two test conditions: Browser = IE and Page = Support
The second issue, related to clicking “feedback,” included these two test conditions: Browser = IE, Page = Feedback


March 11, 2011


Top right navigation

It’s less cramped, with better text and tool tips. It might not rock your world but, hey, it’s a nice little improvement.

And remember, if you ever have a suggestion, a question, and/or a feature suggestion to share with us (or even if you simply want to say “nice job, guys”), please click on that little yellow light bulb to share your idea. One of the things we take seriously is being responsive to user comments.



Problems viewing some of Hexawise’s written content

Some pages like the FAQ, Help and some sample plan descriptions were not able to be viewed recently due to new incompatibilities around character encodings. This has been resolved.


Message on import of bad file format

If you try to import a file that’s not an Excel 2004 XML Spreadsheet or OPML file, the error message is now descriptive.


March 9, 2011


Higher profile feedback request

We want your feedback! So we added a lightbulb icon in the header to supplement the link in the footer. Click either one and tell us what we are doing well, what stinks, and what you want and need.



Project and plan sorting

Projects and plans are more consistently sorted alphabetically now in all the places where lists of them are displayed.



System software upgrades

Upgraded numerous pieces of system software that will result in better performance and reliability in some areas.



Nicer looking Recent Updates page

Nicer looking Recent Updates page when you aren’t logged in.



Export to Mind Maps and Outlines (OPML)

You can now export your test plans (parameters, values and value expansions) into OPML, a file format supported by most mind mapping and outlining desktop tools. This gives you an easy way to work with your test parameters in a highly interactive, responsive and visual desktop tool, then import the test plan again once you are ready to generate new tests.



Import empty parameters

You can now import a parameter from Excel or OPML that is empty (has no parameter values). Hexawise doesn’t allow empty parameters, so the import will put a single value called “TBD” in the parameter.


February 23, 2011


Messages when removing yourself from a project

The dialog confirming your removal from a project is now more clear about when that removal will result in the deletion of the project and plans (you are the only user of the project) and when the project and plans will still be available for other users of the project.



Warning when removing a parameter used in an auto-script

Hexawise now warns you if you remove a parameter that’s being used in the plan’s auto-script.



Project listing

Plans were listed alphabetically, but projects were not, making them difficult to locate for users with many of them. They are now alphabetical.



Made it more clear that something is happening when you register as a new Hexawise user.

There is now a spinner while the new user registration takes place.


February 22, 2011


Import from mind maps (with OPML format) (BETA)

In addition to importing from Excel, you can now import from OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language). OPML is an XML format commonly supported for import/export by mind mapping and outlining tools. These tools provide a very fast and visual way to define your test inputs (parameters, values and value expansions), and can be a quick and easy alternative to Excel or Hexawise for defining test inputs and collaborating with colleagues on what the correct inputs should be.

Import from OPML does not provide the complete import (invalid pairs, auto-scripts and notes) like Excel import.


February 14, 2011


Communication when plans are shared

To share a project, (a) hover over a project name (vs. a plan name), (b) click on the blue person icon, and (c) add the email address of the person you’d like to invite to see your project. That process now automatically generates an email to the user you’ve shared your project with. Until now, the fact that you shared a plan with your colleague might well have gone tragically unnoticed like those longing, furtive glances that you gave to that crush of yours in high school.



Sharing projects with anyone

You can now invite anyone with an email address to view your projects. Previously, you could only share your projects with other registered Hexawise users.


February 11, 2011


Problem creating a very large number of invalid pairs

Once an extremely large number of invalid pairs to the total number of pair had been created, there could be problems saving any additional pairs.