Release Notes

TestPartner 6.1

December 11, 2007


Obtaining the Latest Release Notes
System Requirements
What's New
Technical Notes
Known Issues
Contacting Compuware Customer Support

Obtaining the Latest Release Notes  back to top 

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System Requirements  back to top

Your system configuration should meet the following requirements to successfully install and run TestPartner:


Operating System



Other Software

Input Method Editor (IME) Support

TestPartner supports the following IMEs for the listed input systems.

X - Supported

Japanese Input System


File Name

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows  2003 Server

Windows Vista


MS-IME 2000




MS-IME 2002






MS-IME 2003







Korean  Input System


File Name

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows  2003 Server

Windows Vista


IME 2000





  MS-IME 2002 imekr.ime
  MS-IME 2003 imekr70.ime


Simplified Chinese Input System


File Name

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows  2003 Server

Windows Vista


MS-PinYin 98





MS-PinYin 3.0





  MS-IME 2003 imsc40a.ime
  MS-Pinyin IME


Traditional Chinese Input System


File Name

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows  2003 Server

Windows Vista


MS-New Phonetic IME





  MS-New Phonetic IME

Text Services Framework (TSF) and the Rich Edit control (version 4.1 and above) are not supported for recording. This does not affect playback.

What's New  back to top

Support for Windows Vista

TestPartner provides full object recognition, recording, and playback support for applications running on Windows Vista (32-bit edition). Additionally, support is provided for new Vista controls such as the new task bar, customized column header drop-down control, and the command link button note property. Three new TestPartner objects and one property have been created to support these new controls:

TestPartner supports the recording and playback of applications with the User Account Control (UAC) option enabled in Windows Vista, however, the automation of the UAC dialog box itself is not supported. For more information, see Testing With the User Account Control (UAC) Option Enabled in Windows Vista. Additionally, see Recording and Playing Back Test Applications as an Administrator on Windows Vista for more information about Vista's new security settings.

Support for .NET Framework 3.0 Windows Forms Applications

The .NET Framework 3.0 is comprised of existing .NET Framework 2.0 components such as the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and Windows Forms. As a result, TestPartner supports Windows Forms applications run in conjunction with the .NET Framework 3.0.

Support for Mozilla Firefox 2.0

TestPartner provides full object recognition, recording, and playback support for HTML-based Web applications running in the Mozilla Firefox Web browser. In addition to standard HTML elements, TestPartner supports FireFox user interface features such as the menu bar, toolbars, context menus, tabs, and the Options dialog box.

Support for Sun Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 Development Kit (Java SE 6)

TestPartner supports the Java SE 6 major feature release. This includes support for object recognition, recording and playback of all currently supported AWT and JFC (Swing) controls, as well as support for new features and enhancements introduced in Java SE 6 such as the splash-screen API, table sorting and filtering, desktop APIs, and applications created using Java WebStart technology.

Support for SAP GUI for Windows 7.10 and SAP Web Application Server 6.40 and 7.00

TestPartner includes full object recognition, recording, and playback support for SAP GUI for Windows 7.10 and SAP Web Application Server 6.40 and 7.00. This includes related SAP GUI for Windows 7.10 client controls and GUI elements. Object recognition and property retrieval is supported for standard SAP rendered controls and select mixed (4.6c ActiveX) controls as enumerated by the SAP GUI DOM. Support is also included for the SAP Business Explorer. For more information, see Recording Against Scroll Bars in the SAP Business Explorer.

Visual Test Tutorial

The Visual Test Tutorial now includes the lesson "Playing Back Test Scripts From a Visual Test". In this lesson, you learn how to use test scripts and visual tests in conjunction with each other by creating a modular test in which a visual test plays back a test script, and then receives variable data from the test script that is used later in the visual test.

Technical Notes  back to top

This section includes technical information that may affect how you use the product.


TestPartner Database Access Permissions in a Multi-user Environment

The access permissions of the folder in which the TestPartner database is installed are automatically applied to the TestPartner database. In a multi-user testing environment, you must ensure that required users have full access to the TestPartner database when installing the database in a location other than the default location.

Installing an Oracle Client on Windows Vista

When installing an Oracle client to use as a TestPartner database on Windows Vista, you must install Oracle client version 10gR2.3 and ODBC driver or later.

Required Oracle ODBC Driver for Oracle 9.2 Client

When using an Oracle 9.2 client as a TestPartner database, TestPartner requires ODBC driver or later

Using an Existing SQL Server or MSDE Database With TestPartner 6.1

To use an existing TestPartner 5.4 or 5.6 SQL Server or MSDE database with TestPartner 6.1, you must create a new Data Source Name (DSN) using the SQL Server Native Client driver. This driver is automatically installed on your system by the TestPartner 6.1 installer. For more information on creating a DSN, refer to the "Creating a Data Source Name for a SQL Server Database" section of the TestPartner Installation Guide.

Database Growth When Capturing Images in Visual Tests

During the recording and playing back of a visual test, TestPartner captures and stores the screens and controls of the target application at each stage of the recording and playback. Because of the potential of capturing a large number of images and controls, you may experience a high growth rate of the size of your database. For more information, see the TestPartner Help topic "Limiting Database Growth".

Recommended SQL Server Memory Usage

To prevent SQL Server from inhibiting performance by requesting too much memory, Compuware recommends setting the maximum SQL Server memory to 25 percent of the total RAM of the system, unless the total RAM is 256 MB, in which case set the maximum server memory to 80 MB. This recommendation applies when using any version of SQL Server as a TestPartner database if SQL Server is running on the same machine as TestPartner. 

SQL Server 2005 Express Installs with TCP/IP enabled

For compatibility with QADirector, TestPartner enables TCP/IP when installing SQL Server 2005 Express. Be advised that enabling TCP/IP presents a security risk to outside attacks through the internet.

Notice of Improper TestPartner Database Manipulation

Manipulation of the TestPartner repository/database outside of TestPartner or the Database Maintenance Utility violates the TestPartner License Agreement and may lead to database corruption.

TestPartner and Wide Area Networks (WANs)

Data transmissions on WAN connections have higher latency than Local or Metropolitan Area Networks. If TestPartner connects to its database across a WAN, or is executed from an application server across a WAN, the latency may cause TestPartner to behave unreliably. Compuware does not support TestPartner if it connects to its back end database, which is located on a remote server, via a WAN. This applies only to TestPartner and its back end database. The application under test may be located anywhere, as long as it is supported by its architecture.


Sample Applications in the TestPartner Tutorials

The sample applications used in the TestPartner tutorials are designed and optimized to run on Internet Explorer 7. To ensure a user experience consistent with the lessons in the tutorials, Compuware does not recommend running the tutorial sample applications on the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Additional Documentation for TestPartner Server Database Setup

The TestPartner Installation Guide contains detailed instructions on how to set up a database for TestPartner. However, there are additional instructions on creating new databases and updating database versions in the Getting Started section for Administrators in the TestPartner Help. You may also need to refer to these instructions depending on your database setup.


Testing With the User Account Control (UAC) Enabled in Windows Vista

TestPartner supports the recording and playback of applications with the User Account Control (UAC) security setting enabled provided the UAC dialog box does not appear during recording or playback. To disable the User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista:

  1. Log in to Windows Vista as an administrator.
  2. From the Control Panel, select User Accounts > Change Security Settings.
  3. Clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer check box, and then click OK.

Standardizing TestPartner Builds in a Multi-user Testing Environment

In a multi-user testing environment, each TestPartner installation must be the same build as the other TestPartner installations. Failure to standardize the build may cause a TestPartner installation at a lower build to stop responding.


TestPartner and License Manager 4.2

TestPartner ships with the Compuware License Administration Utility (LAU) 4.2, which uses License Manager 4.2. All TestPartner licenses can only be set and configured using License Manager 4.2. View the License tab of the QACenter installation media to install License Manager 4.2.

Licensing Feature Name Change

The license feature name for full TestPartner 6.1 functionality has changed from "955" to "TestPartner Developer". The new license feature name is not backwardly compatible with prior releases of TestPartner. If you plan to run TestPartner 6.1 with an earlier release of TestPartner, you will need to run a license server that contains licenses for both releases.

Record and Playback

Recording and Playing Back Test Applications as an Administrator on Windows Vista

Windows Vista provides you with the option of running applications as a standard user or as an administrator. If you choose to run a test application as an administrator, you must also run TestPartner as an administrator. Conversely, if you run a test application as a standard user, you have the option of running TestPartner as either a standard user or an administrator.

Recording Hot Keys in a Text Box Control Using Record Mode

A hot key or shortcut key refers to a keyboard key or key combination that invokes a particular command. For example, F11, CTRL+N or SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW. To reliably record hot keys in a text box control, you must exit standard recording mode and enter raw recording mode. For more information, see the TestPartner Help topic "Recording Hot Keys Using Raw Mode".

TestPartner Recording and Updates to ActiveX Controls

Microsoft has released a software update that changes the way in which Internet Explorer handles some Web pages that use ActiveX controls and Java applets. Once the update is installed, ActiveX controls from certain Web pages must be activated before they can be used. To enable an ActiveX control, a user must manually click the control.

As a result, TestPartner may record the activation of an ActiveX control that previously did not require activation. For example:

' Attach to Caption='SwingSet demo'
HTMLBrowser("Caption='SwingSet demo'").Attach
    ActiveX("ClassName='Java Plug-in Control Window'").Activate

' Attach to JavaWindow 
JavaWindow("JavaWindow", tpAttachChild).Attach
    JavaComboBox("Index=1").Select "Philip, Lisa, Brent"

TestPartner has accommodated this change made by Microsoft in ActiveX behavior, and new test scripts recorded by TestPartner accurately record and play back the new ActiveX controls that require activation. However, existing scripts that interact with ActiveX controls that have changed may require re-recording.

There are techniques that Web developers can use to update their Web pages. Refer to Microsoft's MSDN Web site for more information about these techniques.

Debug Mode Playback Behavior

By default, the TestPartner General option Minimize on Playback is set to Yes. When this option is set to Yes, TestPartner minimizes to the taskbar each time you step through a line of code in a test script or a step in a visual test while in Debug mode. To change the default Debug mode playback behavior, set Minimize on Playback to No. When this option is set to No, TestPartner minimizes only when you step through a line of code in a test script or step in a visual test that performs an action against the target application. For example, clicking a button or typing in an edit box.

Record and Playback Facilities in TestPartner

When TestPartner is running concurrently with an application being tested, test record and playback facilities in TestPartner may be impacted by the following:

TestPartner recording or playback may slow down when testing applications on slower speed machines when several hundred controls exist on one page.

SAP Support

Supported SAP Patch Level

TestPartner supports SAP GUI for Windows 6.20 (patch level 42 or later) and SAP GUI for Windows 6.40 (patch level 15 or later) and SAP GUI for Windows 7.10 (patch level 2 or later).

Configuring SAP for Use With TestPartner

To configure SAP GUI for Windows, SAP GUI for HTML, and SAP eCATT for use with TestPartner, perform the following steps:

Note: For more information about these configuration steps, refer to the SAP Help Portal ( and search the SAP R/3 and R/3 Enterprise documentation for the SAP Help topics listed after each step.

Recording Against an SAPWindow Object

To more reliably identify SAP Window objects, TestPartner adds the Caption property as a property of interest in the default recording profile and removes the SAPID property as a property of interest from the profile.

SAP Communication Object and TestPartner

Certain actions performed against SAP are executed from the SAP server. To execute these actions, SAP requires the communication object on the server. When the communication object is on the server, SAP blocks all scripting calls until the SAP communication object is on the client. This can happen when an eCATT script executed from the server tries to access its own SAP GUI session.

When this happens, TestPartner cannot record or play back against the SAP session. To work around this issue, create a new session (System>Create Session in SAP) or log out of SAP and log back in.

Test Script Recording and Playback Against SAP ITS 6.10 and 6.20 HTML Controls

Test scripts recorded against HTML controls in SAP ITS 6.10 and SAP ITS 6.20 may not play back properly. This is because the default properties used to record against HTML controls contain additional elements that cause indexing to be different upon subsequent test script playback. To avoid playback issues for HTML controls in SAP ITS 6.10 and SAP ITS 6.20, create an attach name profile using the recommended properties as shown in the table below.

The recommended property settings for SAP ITS 6.10 and 6.20 HTML controls are as follows:

Default Property

Recommended Property


Src, Name




HTMLDIV (required in some cases)

ID or Parent ID


Note that these are recommendations only. There may be cases where the recommendations are not appropriate. It is also recommended that the Record Frame Resizing option in TestPartner's Advanced Record Options be set to No, which is the default setting.

TestPartner Test Assets

Importing Results Created Prior to TestPartner 6.1

In TestPartner 6.1, an additional result run status type, Playback Error has been added to distinguish playback errors from checks and verifications that fail. Examples of playback errors include:

A result is assigned a Failed run status when a check or verification is run and the criteria defined by the check or verification logic is not met. For example, TestPartner assigns a Failed run status to a visual test that runs a text check that does not verify the expected text in the test application.

Prior to TestPartner 6.1, results were assigned a Failed run status whenever the test contained either playback errors or failed checks or verifications. Consequently, to handle the differences between 6.1 results and results created prior to 6.1, TestPartner will retain the original run status of a result when you import the result into 6.1. The run status will not change to fit the 6.1 criteria for assigning a run status. For example, a TestPartner 6.0 result with a run status of Failed imported into TestPartner 6.1 will always display a Failed run status even if the same result in 6.1 would be assigned a Playback Error.

Object Map Availability in TestPartner

The availability of Object Map entries is not limited to the Common project and the project in which they are saved. Object Map entries are available in any TestPartner project. For more information about Object Map project rules, see the TestPartner Help topic "Modifying Record Attach Name Options".

VSTS Support

TestPartner Integration Support for Visual Studio Team Suite SP1

TestPartner supports the playback of test scripts from Visual Studio Team Suite SP1 either as a standalone asset or as a part of a Visual Studio test suite. Playback of visual tests from Visual Studio Team Suite SP1 is not supported.

Known Issues  back to top

This section describes known issues related to the current release of TestPartner.


Previous Version of TestPartner is Detected

If you have uninstalled all previous versions of TestPartner but the installation process indicates that a previous version of the product is still installed, you may need to remove a registry key.

Note: Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on the computer.

In the following registry location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{TestPartner version-specific key}

Delete the registry key for the version of TestPartner you have installed:

TestPartner 5.2.1 {AF32ADB9-45B1-4736-A390-A0728138E1bb}
TestPartner 5.3.0 {32E99FAB-30A3-43BD-95AA-D16C31B0D2DB}
TestPartner 5.4.0 {32E99FAB-30A3-43BD-95AA-D16C31B0D2DB}
TestPartner 5.6.0 {679B70D8-D304-414E-9CED-DB67B106B4AF}
TestPartner 6.0.0 {8C3E03F6-EB13-40F2-827E-BF971DD70909}
TestPartner 6.1.0 {AB5F5371-C53E-47D7-925A-FA792350EF5A}

Record and Playback

Minimizing Remote Desktop

TestPartner does not function when a remote desktop or RDC is minimized. When you connect through the RDP to a desktop, you take ownership of the desktop by attaching to the desktop with your mouse and keyboard. If the desktop is minimized without ownership of the desktop being released, any playback of mouse clicks or keystrokes is undefined. The recommended configuration is to run TestPartner on a VMWare-server and connect through VMWare-client software. This allows replay to continue even if the client has been closed.

Incorrect Index Recorded Against Controls

TestPartner may incorrectly compute a control's index while recording. This occurs rarely, but can cause the recorded test script to be unable to attach to the control during playback.

Various circumstances may cause TestPartner to incorrectly compute a control's index. One known instance of this is where TestPartner may incorrectly record the index of a Java control if the control has been previously recorded in the same test script and the control's Z-order has been changed. For example, if a test script records against a Java control that is in the foreground, then the control is moved to the back, subsequent recording against the control may record with a different index, and the test script may not playback correctly. Similarly, TestPartner may not properly record the same index against a control after its Z-order changes.

If TestPartner incorrectly computes a control's index and no other unique identifiers exist, work around the issue by returning the application under test to its state just prior to the action that is not playing back as expected, identifying the control, then adjusting the control's index in the recorded code with an appropriate value.

SAP Support

Recording Against SAP Business Explorer Scroll Bars

TestPartner does not record the scrolling movement of the SAP Business Explorer scroll bar. To work around this issue, use the scroll bar to position the desired item so that it is visible. Next, click above or below the scroll bar to record a click position that will mark the position of the item. Make sure that after clicking above or below the scroll bar, the item remains in view. During playback, TestPartner will use this click position to bring the item into view.

Modified Property Does Not Return Correct Value

An SAP limitation fails to update the Modified property, and TestPartner is not able to gather this information in any other way.

No Detailed Message Why TestPartner Cannot Start from SAP eCATT

SAP eCATT stores TestPartner test data in the TP_EDIT or TP_EXEC database. If TestPartner is run within eCATT, and TP_EDIT or TP_EXEC has an old schema, TestPartner cannot start. Neither TestPartner nor eCATT can provide a detailed message why TestPartner cannot start. To resolve this issue, use the Database Maintenance Utility (DBMaint) to update the schema for both the TP_EDIT and TP_EXEC databases.

Recording the Collapse of an SAPTreeView Control in TestPartner

The SAP Document Object Model (DOM) does not provide a way to determine what part of an SAPTreeView control is clicked on when a click is recorded against the SAPTreeView. As a result, TestPartner cannot record a click that collapses any branch within an SAPTreeView control.

Event Creation with SAP Controls

TestPartner does not support event creation and playback for SAP controls. TestPartner provides a high degree of synchronization with objects and controls in SAP applications, which greatly reduces the need for events used to synchronize with SAP applications. Error handling using the TestPartner TOnError object can be used to handle asynchronous type events. See the TestPartner Help topic "Example Test Script - Error Handling" or the Help topic "TOnError Object" in the TestPartner Help for details.

TestPartner Test Assets

Including Assets With the Same Name from Different TestPartner Projects

If two TestPartner assets with the same name belong to different TestPartner projects, using the $TPInclude statement or the Include() method in the same test script can cause a VBA error. The error occurs when attempting to open both assets. When this happens, TestPartner displays a message that indicates a VBA asset naming conflict has occurred, and that the asset window will be closed. When the error occurs, TestPartner removes the most recently loaded same named asset from memory.

The error occurs because of how VBA handles assets in its own projects. When two assets with the same name exist in a VBA project, VBA renames the most recently created same named asset by adding a "1" onto the end of the name. For example, if both assets are named MYMODULE1, VBA renames the second asset MYMODULE11. VBA only makes this change internally while the asset is loaded. The name of the asset does not change in the TestPartner database. VBA does not allow two assets with the same name to exist in the same project, so TestPartner issues an error.

The asset name can not be left as what VBA changed it to because that could break scripts with user forms and class modules, which refer to the name of the asset in the code. To work around this issue, do not give the same name to two assets if these assets will be included in the same test script.

Support for .NET Object Arrays When the Object's .NET Assembly is Referenced

Due to limitations in VBA, Microsoft does not support arrays for .NET objects when the object's .NET assembly is referenced. As a result, arrays of .NET objects cannot be used with TestPartner object extension for .NET. Examining an object's array in a Locals window when the object's .NET assembly is referenced may cause TestPartner to stop responding.

Contacting Compuware Customer Support back to top

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Before Contacting Customer Support

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FrontLine Support Web Site

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Compuware Corporate Web Site

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Customer Support
Compuware Corporation
One Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226-5099

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