Visual Navigator: Storyboard

The Storyboard pane graphically represents the general structure of the current visual test by displaying text or images in a series of thumbnails. The Storyboard pane serves as a visual outline of a visual test and provides a high-level overview of a visual test's flow.

Thumbnails are reduced-sized images that represent screens captured from the test application or text describing a step or series of steps. These thumbnails are associated with test steps that capture an application screen. Text thumbnails represent test steps that do not perform direct interaction with the test application. Examples include the <<Start>> and <<End>> steps, along with steps where other visual tests or scripts are called.

Steps that display in the Test Steps pane are separated by a solid dark blue line to indicate a logical grouping. Steps grouped in this manner correspond to each thumbnail in the Storyboard pane.

Thumbnail size is relative to the size of the resizable Visual Navigator window.

The Storyboard pane contains the following informational elements:

Element Description
Thumbnail images

Graphically represents the flow of a visual test. Images represent captured bitmaps of the test application for the corresponding test steps.

To indicate the start and end of the visual test, each Storyboard displays the <<Start>> thumbnail as the first step and the <<End>> thumbnail as the last step

A step or group of steps that do not have a bitmap display descriptive text in the thumbnail. A thumbnail may not contain a bitmap of the test application either because the corresponding step or steps do not interact directly with the test application (such as a step that opens a script), or the test application was not captured in a bitmap. You can customize how Silk Test Workbench captures screens from the test application. For more information, see Record Output: Test Options.

Click a thumbnail in the Storyboard to make it the active Storyboard item. The steps corresponding to the active Storyboard item highlight in the Test Steps pane. The corresponding screen displays in the Screen Preview. Property information in the Properties pane changes to reflect the active thumbnail as well.

Step numbers Corresponding step numbers display above each thumbnail. For example, if the numbers 5-8 display above a thumbnail, that thumbnail represents steps 5 through 8 in the current visual test.

Icons located below provide information about the step or group of steps associated with the thumbnail.

A flagged step.

A flagged step assigned to a user.

A logic or error handling step.

A verification logic step.

Additionally, in the Storyboard of the Result window, these icons appear:

A passed verification logic step.

A failed verification logic step.

Note: If a Storyboard thumbnail contains multiple steps of the same type, only one flag will appear under the thumbnail.